Andrea Gibson – “Orlando” (Button Live)

Performing at Button Poetry Live.

“Life, it’s like funeral practice: half of us already dead to our families before we die, half of us on our knees still trying to crawl into the family photo.”

Don’t miss this heartbreaking poem from Andrea Gibson, featuring at Button Poetry Live, April 2017.

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including books by Neil Hilborn, Mahogany L. Browne, Olivia Gatwood, Hanif Abdurraqib, Jacqui Germain, Aaron Coleman, Donte Collins, Sabrina Benaim, & more.

Neil Hilborn – “A Series of Short Poems” (100K Views!)

“You will never be more wrong than the first time you say ‘I love you.’ You’ll mean it, sure, but you’ll still be lying.”

Congratulations to Neil on topping 100,000 views on this fantastic poem. Check out more videos from Neil here and here.



Make sure to check out Neil’s best-selling book, Our Numbered Days, available through our website!

And while you’re here, make sure to check out our other books and merch as well, including our awesome t-shirts and poster and books by Jacqui Germain, Hanif Abdurraqib, Olivia Gatwood, Donte Collins, and our newest release from Sabrina Benaim!

Best of Button Week 131

“A girlfriend will come over to you house and help clean up your kitchen. A woman will come into your life and help clean up your credit.”



Don’t miss this week’s Best of Button playlist, featuring the top-viewed recent videos on the Button YouTube Channel. Today’s additions: T. Miller and Thomas Fucaloro. Congratulations poets!

While you’re here on our site, make sure to check out our books and merchandise in the Button Store, including books by Aziza Barnes, Danez Smith, Neil Hilborn, Donte Collins, and our newest release from Sabrina Benaim.

In-Depth Look: Bianca Phipps – “Stay With Me”

In-Depth Look: Bianca Phipps – “Stay With Me”

Appreciating poetry is often about patience: sitting with a poem, meditating on it, and re-reading it multiple times. With spoken word, we don’t always get a chance to do that. This series is about taking that chance, and diving a little deeper into some of the new poems going up on Button.

“Somewhere in this coward’s mouth is a brave heart’s confession.”
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Write-up by Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre

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It’s possible to talk about what performance adds to a poem; but it’s also possible to talk about what it takes away. A poem on the page has a different (not better or worse, just different) set of tools to use to do the work that it wants to do. For example, page poets use line breaks and enjambment to create conversations between ideas, to shine different lights on words that may mean one thing in one context, and something very different in another. Seeing the words next to each other, seeing how the lines break, seeing how the poem “moves” on the page, is a different experience than listening to a poem.

While spoken word poems can still use juxtaposition and transitions to do some of that work, this poem takes it to another level. One can picture, while listening, where the lines might be breaking, and how the different ideas flow in and out of one another, mirroring the thought-stream of someone dealing with anxiety. It’s a powerful exploration of what a poem can do when its form, content, and delivery intertwine and work toward a common purpose.

For more from Bianca Phipps: Facebook | Twitter

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While you’re here on our site, make sure to check out our books and merchandise in the Button Store, including Guante’s own book, as well as titles by Aziza Barnes, Danez Smith, Neil Hilborn, Donte Collins, and our newest release from Sabrina Benaim.

Best of Button Week 127

“The hardest thing I ever did was take a shower.”



Don’t miss this week’s Best of Button playlist, featuring the top-viewed recent videos on the Button YouTube Channel. Today’s additions: Jared Singer, Anna Marie, Olivia Gatwood, & Paul Tran. Congratulations poets!

Wait no more! Sabrina Benaim’s debut book, Depression & Other Magic Tricks, is now available!

While you’re here on our site, make sure to check out our books and merchandise in the Button Store, including books by Aziza Barnes, Danez Smith, Neil Hilborn and our new book from
Donte Collins!

Melissa Lozada-Oliva & Jonathan Mendoza – “Date My Mom!” (100K Views!)

“My mom does not need to make space for you, but if you’re cool enough, maybe she will. Can you handle her cool?”

Congratulations to Melissa and Jonathan on topping 100,000 views on this great poem. Check out more videos from Melissa Lozada-Oliva & Jonathan Mendoza here and here.

Watch out for Melissa’s forthcoming book from Button Poetry, Peluda, pre-order your copy today!



And while you’re here, make sure to check out our other books and merch as well, including our awesome t-shirts and poster and books by Jacqui Germain, Hanif Abdurraqib, Olivia Gatwood, Donte Collins, and our newest release from Sabrina Benaim!

Best of Button Week 126

“‘That time of the month’ has about double the amount of syllables as ‘period’.”



Don’t miss this week’s Best of Button playlist, featuring the top-viewed recent videos on the Button YouTube Channel. Today’s additions: Raych Jackson, Steven Willis, and Amir Safi. Congratulations poets!

One more week until Sabrina Benaim’s debut book, Depression & Other Magic Tricks, is released! Pre-order your copy today!

While you’re here on our site, make sure to check out our books and merchandise in the Button Store, including books by Aziza Barnes, Danez Smith, Neil Hilborn and our new book from
Donte Collins!

Neil Hilborn – “Punk Rock John” (100K Views!)

“As long as I have hands, I can break something. As long as we can breathe, we can sing.”

Congratulations to Neil on topping 100,000 views on this classic poem. Watch more from Neil here and here. Don’t forget to check out Neil’s bestselling book, Our Numbered Days.



And while you’re here, make sure to check out our other books and merch as well, including our awesome t-shirts and poster and books by Jacqui Germain, Hanif Abdurraqib, Olivia Gatwood, and our newest release from Donte Collins!