Trey Amos – “Short Story Long”


2016 Button Poetry Video Contest.
“Do you ever give second thought to breathing?”
Don’t miss this great poem from Trey Amos, featured contestant in the 2016 Button Poetry Video Contest. Join our mailing list and get notified for our next submission period!
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Juan Camillo Garza – “5000 Michael Jordans”

2016 Button Poetry Video Contest.

“The doorbell rings, the mailman is at the front and he’s carrying every love letter that every stranger has ever written for you.”

Don’t miss this brilliant poem from Juan Camillo Garza, featured contestant in the 2016 Button Poetry Video Contest. Join our mailing list and get notified for our next submission period!

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Sabrina Benaim – “On Platonic Love Being a Real Thing”

Performing at Button Poetry Live.

“I think about each relationship sitting at the table, how we trust each other with our whole bodies, how that’s love; now, isn’t that love?”

Don’t miss this magnificent new poem from Sabrina Benaim, featuring at Button Poetry Live, January 2017. Pre-order your copy of Sabrina’s forthcoming book, Depression & Other Magic Tricks, out Fall 2017 with Button!

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including books by Neil Hilborn, Mahogany L. Browne, Olivia Gatwood, Hanif Abdurraqib, Jacqui Germain, Aaron Coleman & more.

Poet Jen Harris – “For All Parents”

2016 Button Poetry Video Contest.

“Now that your child has come out to you, free to choose to live anyway they feel right to, you’re not allowed to resign.”

Don’t miss this fabulous poem from Poet Jen Harris, featured contestant in the 2016 Button Poetry Video Contest. Join our mailing list and get notified for our next submission period!

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Justin Lamb – “Hermit”

2016 Button Poetry Video Contest.

“I want you to be happy. I also want me to be happy. And you falling in love with a hermit feels like a fair compromise.”

Don’t miss this great poem from Justin Lamb, featured contestant in the 2016 Button Poetry Video Contest. Join our mailing list and get notified for our next submission period!

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Donte Collins – “Death Ain’t Nothin’ But a Song”

Performing at his book release in Minneapolis.

“My mother now wears the world: Dresses herself with the tall grass, blushes her cheeks with red clay, she laughs and a forest fire awakens, she laughs and every mountain bows to her sharp thunder, she laughs and every cicada begins to sing.”

Don’t miss this spectacular poem from Donte Collins, performing at his book release in Minneapolis.

Check out Donte’s book, Autopsy.

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Safia Elhillo – “Application for the Position of Abdelhalim Hafez’s Girl” (Motionpoems)

A poetry film by Motionpoems.

“I go quiet for days. I turn the color of mirrors. I turn the color of smoke.”

Don’t miss this marvelous poem by Safia Elhillo, filmed by Motionpoems. Join our mailing list and get notified for our next submission period!

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Ed Carlyon – “It’s OK”

2016 Button Poetry Video Contest.

“My armpit hair is uneven and I feel like something is wrong with my nipples but I don’t know what.”

Don’t miss this fantastic poem from Ed Carlyon, featured contestant in the 2016 Button Poetry Video Contest. Join our mailing list and get notified for our next submission period!

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Khary Jackson – “Past Lives of Darling Nikki” (Button Live)

Performing at Button Poetry Live.

“Fuck these guys, we’re perfect as we are.”

Don’t miss this remarkable poem from Khary Jackson, performing at Button Poetry Live. If you’re in the Twin Cities, don’t miss the next Button Poetry Live show, first Monday of every month in downtown Saint Paul, or watch LIVE from our YouTube Channel.



While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including books by Neil Hilborn, Mahogany L. Browne, Olivia Gatwood, Hanif Abdurraqib, Sabrina Benaim, Jacqui Germain, Aaron Coleman & more.

Marshall Gillson – “Black Boy Climbs into the Gorilla Cage to Ask for Advice”

2016 Button Poetry Video Contest.

“They mistake our wailing for anger, but it is pain.”

Don’t miss this spectacular poem from Marshall Gillson, featured contestant in the 2016 Button Poetry Video Contest. Join our mailing list and get notified for our next submission period!

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