Javon Rustin – “Black Zoo” (Southern Fried)

Performing at Southern Fried 2016.

“Black engineers must be lightning; every time I share the fact
that I am one, white people look so shocked.”

Don’t miss this excellent poem from Javon Rustin, performing at the 2016 Southern Fried Poetry Slam in Greensboro, NC. Support Button on Patreon so we can continue to broadcast these amazing poets!
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Mila Cuda – “From Van Gogh’s Severed Ear” (Get Lit)

Performing at the Get Lit Classic Slam.

“The mind of a tortured artist is one we worship
for its struggle and judge for its suffering.”

Don’t miss this amazing poem from Mila Cuda, performing during the finals of the Get Lit Words Ignite Classic Slam, the largest youth poetry tournament in Southern California. Order Get Lit Rising today at simonandschuster.com, and join the #LiteraryRiot at getlit.org.
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Neil Hilborn – “Moving Day” (100K Views!)

“A sparrow flew just over my feet, its wings
beating against its own body, a sound not unlike applause.”

Congratulations to Neil on topping 100,000 on this gorgeous poem. You can get this poem and more in his best-selling book, Our Numbered Days.



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Joseph Capehart – “Bad Ideas” (Button Live)

Performing at Button Poetry Live.

“How many times have I opened my mouth
only to hear someone else’s voice?”

Don’t miss this amazing poem from Joseph Capehart, 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.

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Jeremy Radin – “Ode to the Tender Flesh Just Beneath My Belly”

Performing at WOWPS 2016.

“They say one cannot tickle oneself, but if I merely
graze you I burst into a festival of arrows.”

Don’t miss this wonderful poem from Jeremy Radin, performing at Art Share-LA. Check out more from Jeremy here and here.
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Ashley Lumpkin – “Eucharist: How to Make Your Mother Let You Save Her Life”

Performing at Southern Fried 2016.

“Don’t ever forget you wear my face.
Side by side we look like sisters.”

Don’t miss this great poem from Ashley Lumpkin, performing at the 2016 Southern Fried Poetry Slam in Greensboro, NC. Support Button on Patreon so we can continue to broadcast these amazing poets!
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Jeanann Verlee – “Hereditary” (WOWPS 2016)

Performing at WOWPS 2016.

“One time I said, ‘Mom, calm down,’ and she slapped me
so hard I forgot her name.”

Don’t miss this amazing poem from Jeanann Verlee, performing at the 2016 Women of the World Poetry Slam in Brooklyn, NY.
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Best of Button Week 87

“Both of my parents died of overdoses. I paid for their funerals
with drug money. There goes that irony again.”


Don’t miss this week’s Best of Button playlist, featuring the top-viewed recent videos on the Button YouTube Channel. Today’s additions: Amin Drew Law & FreeQuency!
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Aaron Coleman

Aaron Coleman is the author of the chapbook St. Trigger, which won the 2015 Button Poetry Chapbook Contest.

A Fulbright Scholar and Cave Canem Fellow from Metro-Detroit, Aaron has lived and worked with youth in locations including Kalamazoo, Chicago, Spain, and South Africa. A graduate of Washington University in St. Louis’ MFA Program and Kalamazoo College in Psychology, Aaron most recently taught Poetry Writing at Washington University in St. Louis and worked as Public Projects Assistant at Pulitzer Arts Foundation. His recent poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Apogee, Boston Review, Fence, The Greensboro Review, Meridian, Pinwheel, River Styx, Southern Indiana Review, Third Coast, Tupelo Quarterly, and elsewhere. A two-time semifinalist for the 92Y Discovery Poetry Contest and winner of the Tupelo Quarterly TQ5 Poetry Contest.

Aaron is currently a PhD student in Washington University in St. Louis’ Comparative Literature Program, where he is studying translation.