Duck Washington – “In Sickness”


Performing at the Erotic Slam
“I have seen you at your most horrific, a nightmarish concoction of ailments and vapor rub, and I couldn’t be more smitten.”
Don’t miss this incredible poem from Duck Washington, performing at the Erotic Slam. Support Button on Patreon so we can continue to broadcast these amazing poets!
While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out all our books and merch, including books by Neil Hilborn, Danez Smith, Hanif Abdurraqib, Jacqui Germain, Sam Sax & more.

Danez Smith – “Self Portrait as a 90s R&B Video”

Performing at Button Poetry Live

“There’s a room in my basement filled with water and gold and that’s it.”

Don’t miss this incredible poem from Danez Smith performing at Button Poetry Live, July 2016. Check out Danez’s book here. And 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.

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including books by Neil Hilborn, Hanif Abdurraqib, Jacqui Germain, Sam Sax & more.

Sam Rush – “Wisdom Teeth” (Button Live)

Performing at Button Poetry Live.

“What is written beneath our skin does not always fit inside our mouths.”

Don’t miss this fantastic poem by Sam Rush, featuring at Button Poetry Live, December 2016. 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.

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out all our books and merch, including books by Neil Hilborn, Danez Smith, Hanif Abdurraqib, Jacqui Germain, Sam Sax & more.

Donte Collins – “Old Rondo” (Button Live)

Performing at Button Poetry Live.

“Before they built that freeway, there was a colony of houses, lined up like heritage on an auction block about to meet their god.”

Don’t miss this excellent poem by Donte Collins, performing at Button Poetry Live, March 2017. 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.

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out all our books and merch, including books by Neil Hilborn, Danez Smith, Hanif Abdurraqib, Jacqui Germain, Sam Sax & more.

Bernard Ferguson – “3 Poems on Resistance”

Performing at Button Poetry Live.

“The sharpest blade I have is where I place my body.”

Don’t miss this excellent poem from Bernard Ferguson, featuring at Button Poetry Live, March 2017. 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.

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out all our books and merch, including books by Neil Hilborn, Danez Smith, Hanif Abdurraqib, Jacqui Germain, Sam Sax & more.

Neno Grae – “Thoughts from the Gynecologist’s Office”

Performing at Button Poetry Live.

“I’m always worried about having my legs spread, because everyone else is always worried about what’s in between them.”

Don’t miss this amazing poem from Neno Grae, performing at Button Poetry Live, March 2017. 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.

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out all our books and merch, including books by Neil Hilborn, Danez Smith, Hanif Abdurraqib, Jacqui Germain, Sam Sax & more.

Will Giles – “Anatomy of a Storm” (Button Live)

Performing at Button Poetry Live.

“What is art to an empty belly? What is a poem to a power outage? What is a prayer to a flood?”

Don’t miss this powerful poem from Will Giles, performing at Button Poetry Live, September 2016. 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.

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out all our books and merch, including books by Neil Hilborn, Danez Smith, Hanif Abdurraqib, Jacqui Germain, Sam Sax & more.

Kevin Yang – “The Last Racebender (After Danez Smith)”

Featuring at Button Poetry Live.

“I am wondering if we’ll ever get to be more than extras in our own stories.”

Don’t miss this stunning poem from Kevin Yang, featuring at Button Poetry Live, December 2016. 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.

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.

Eric Sirota – “No Guns Inside”

Performing at Great Plains 2016.

“My daily life is the cleanest argument for gun control.”

Don’t miss this great poem from Eric Sirota, performing at the 2016 Great Plains Poetry Pile-Up in Lincoln, NE. Support Button on Patreon so we can continue to broadcast these amazing poets!
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.