Hieu Minh Nguyen – “Notes on Staying” (Button Live)

Performing at Button Poetry Live.

“Too often I don’t tell people, people I love, I am sad.
Because I don’t think that’s something they want to hear,
because they love me.”

Don’t miss this devastating poem by Hieu Minh Nguyen, performing at Button Poetry Live, July 2016. Grab a copy of Hieu’s book here.

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.

Javon Johnson – “Black and Happy” (Button Live)

Featuring at Button Poetry Live.

“You cannot kill blackness.
Too much of it is wrapped in an unshakable joy.
And ain’t that why they think we magic in the first place?”

Don’t miss this stunning poem from Javon Johnson, featuring at Button Poetry Live, November 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.

Ben Wenzl – “From an Early Age” (Great Plains)

Performing at Great Plains 2016.

“From an early age we learned that opposites attract:
negative/positive, hot/cold, boy/boy…”

Don’t miss this great poem from Ben Wenzl, 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.

Edwin Bodney – “On Disease #2, Part Two”

Performing at Art Share LA.

“When your own brain is the coup, how do you believe?”

Don’t miss this amazing poem from Edwin Bodney, performing at Art Share LA. 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.

Rob Mitchell – “The Art of Fading” (Button Live)

Performing at Button Poetry Live.

“I am a ghost that never had a body but the one everyone else sees.”

Don’t miss this excellent poem from Rob Mitchell, 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.

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.

Melissa Lozada-Oliva – “Low Power Mode” (Button Live)

Performing at Button Poetry Live.

“I wanna make out with all of my unread emails.”

Don’t miss this wonderful poem from Melissa Lozada-Oliva, featuring at Button Poetry Live, July 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.

Mallory Everhart – “Betrayal”

Performing at Great Plains 2016.

“The saddest part about betrayal is it never
comes from your enemies.”

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

Best of 2016 #1: Blythe Baird – “Pocket-Sized Feminism”

Best of 2016 #1:
Blythe Baird – “Pocket-Sized Feminism”

“Once, my dad informed me sexism is dead and reminded me to
always carry pepper spray in the same breath.”

Finishing up our year-end countdown of the top poems of the year on Button Poetry’s channel, our final entry, the most-viewed poem of the year, is Blythe Baird’s “Pocket-Sized Feminism.” Congratulations Blythe!

Note: This countdown list only covers a small fraction of the brilliant artists who let us share their work on our channel this year, and is by no means a definitive list of the “best” poems, simply the ones that got the most views. Take some time and check out more from the past year on our channel!