Ollie Schminkey – “A Poem in which the Word ‘Nap’ is Replaced by the Word ‘Grief’”

Performing at the Button studio

“I let my mother sleep. She needs this grief more than I do, because she lives with him and all the death that crawls on him like fleas.”

Don’t miss this stunning poem from Ollie Schminkey, performing at the Button studio in Minneapolis, MN.

Ollie’s amazing book, DEAD DAD JOKES, is now available!

Check out the 2021 Button Poetry Chapbook Contest! Open NOW – January 10, 2022. More info and full guidelines here!

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including books by Sabrina Benaim, Neil Hilborn, Dave Harris, Michael Lee, Blythe Baird, Raych Jackson, and our newest release from Andrea Gibson!