Sierra DeMulder – “Facts Written from an Airplane”

Performing at Honey in Minneapolis.

“Writing a list of ways I could be better
and writing a suicide note are the same thing.”

Don’t miss this incredible poem from Sierra DeMulder, performing at her book release show. You can grab both of Sierra’s books on a special discount here.
While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out the rest of our books and merch, including Button t-shirts in both female and unisex cuts, and books and more by many of your favorite Button artists.

Classroom-Friendly Poems

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With the new school year starting up, we’ve added a bunch of new videos to our Classroom-Friendly poems playlist! We always love hearing from teachers who use our videos, so we compiled this resource to make it easier to find great poems for the classroom.
NOTE: Some poems in this list may not be appropriate for all grade levels. The list is primarily geared toward high schoolers, but many of the poems included would be appropriate for the middle grades as well.

If you’re looking for further classroom poetry resources, check out our books, available in the Button store!
Please share this with the teachers and educators in your life! And if you’ve personally used Button videos in the classroom, please tell us about it in the comments below!

Beck Cooper – “Call Me By My Name” (WOWPS 2016)

Performing at WOWPS 2016.

“You choose to mistake her weight for weakness,
and she chooses not to kill you.”

Don’t miss this excellent poem from Beck Cooper, performing at the 2016 Women of the World Poetry Slam in Brooklyn, NY. You can check out more of Beck’s work here and here.
While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including Button t-shirts in both female and unisex cuts, and books and more by many of your favorite Button artists.

Hanif Abdurraqib – “The Four Seasons – December 1963”

Performing at Art Share LA

“Watch as I press my lips to your neck
and fade from my baby pictures.”

Don’t miss this incredible poem from Hanif Abdurraqib, performing at the Button Poetry/YesYes Books showcase at AWP 2016 in Los Angeles. Hanif’s brilliant debut book, The Crown Ain’t Worth Much, is available now.

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including Button t-shirts in both female and unisex cuts, and books and more by many of your favorite Button artists.

Paul Tran – “The Week After Another Man Rapes Me” (Rustbelt 2016)

Performing at Rustbelt 2016.

“This trauma be gravity. This trauma be a magnetic field my body orbits around like a compass.”

Don’t miss this incredible poem from Paul Tran, performing at the 2016 Rustbelt Regional Poetry Slam in Colubus, OH. You can check out more of Paul’s work here.
While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including Button t-shirts in both female and unisex cuts, and books and more by many of your favorite Button artists.

Sam Sax – “Kaddish” (Rustbelt 2016)

Performing at Rustbelt 2016.

“I wonder what they found when they cut him open. Wings, I bet.
I bet they found wings.”

Don’t miss this stunning poem from Sam Sax, performing at the 2016 Rustbelt Regional Poetry Slam in Columbus, OH. You can check out more of Sam’s work in his brilliant book, A Guide to Undressing Your Monsters. Watch more of Sam’s videos here, here and here.
Head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including Button t-shirts in both female and unisex cuts, and books and more by many of your favorite Button artists.

Yesika Salgado – “Compilation”

Performing at Art Share LA.

“All of my poems are collection plates. I fill & fill & fill & fill.
I have yet to come up empty.”

Don’t miss this beautiful poem from Yesika Salgado, performing at Art Share LA. You can check out more of Yesika’s videos here and here.

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including Button t-shirts in both female and unisex cuts, and books and more by many of your favorite Button artists.

Ebony Stewart – “This Poem Is About Joy” (WOWPS 2016)

Performing at WOWPS 2016.

“The only time he was asked to put his hands up was to show us how he looks when he pretends he’s flying.”

Don’t miss this beautiful poem from Ebony Stewart, performing at the 2016 Women of the World Poetry Slam in Brooklyn, NY. You can check out more of Ebony’s work here and here.
While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including Button t-shirts in both female and unisex cuts, and books and more by many of your favorite Button artists.

Emi Mahmoud – “People Like Us” (WOWPS 2016)

Performing at WOWPS 2016.

“The worst thing about genocide isn’t the hunger or the murder,
it’s the silence.”

Don’t miss this incredible poem from Emi Mahmoud, performing at the 2016 Women of the World Poetry Slam in Brooklyn, NY. You can check out more of Emi’s work here and here.
While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including Button t-shirts in both female and unisex cuts, and books and more by many of your favorite Button artists.

Ocean Vuong – “Notebook Fragments”

Performing at Art Share LA.

“Shouldn’t heaven be super heavy by now?”

Don’t miss this stunning poem by Ocean Vuong, performing at the Button Poetry/YesYes Books showcase at AWP 2016 in Los Angeles. Check out some of Ocean’s thoughts on poetry and more, here.
While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including Button t-shirts in both female and unisex cuts, and books and more by many of your favorite Button artists.