Darius Simpson – Okay So Maybe the Rally Won’t Set Us Free

Performed at the Button Studio

“My comrades remind me there are fires to start and I notice my hands are not nearly dirty enough.”

Don’t miss this amazing poem from Darius Simpson, performing at the Button Studio

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Darius Simpson – “I Live Just East of a Contradiction”

Performed at the Button Studio

“Colonialism don’t respect finders keepers; all’s fair in genocide except self-defense.”

Don’t miss this fantastic poem from Darius Simpson, performing at the Button Studio in Minneapolis, MN

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Darius Simpson – “Church Home”

Performed at IWPS 2019

“That’s the miracle of Black folks, to gather in grief, then move so much that it blossoms into joy.”

Don’t miss this moving poem from Darius Simpson, performing at IWPS 2019 in San Diego, CA

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Darius Simpson – “An Ode to Crocs”

Performing at Rustbelt 2018

“An ode to crocs: You rubber god, you who let me walk on water and sidewalk and mountain without changing shoes. People of all ages see you on my feet and laugh.”

Don’t miss this great poem from Darius Simpson, performing at Rustbelt 2018 in Detroit, MI

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Darius Simpson – “Genocide” (100K Views!)

“The media keeps calling these altercations. I don’t understand why they’re spelling ‘execution’ like that. I’ve never heard ‘slaughter’ pronounced that way.”

Congratulations to Darius Simpson for topping 100,000 views on this heartfelt poem! Watch more videos from Darius here and here.



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Darius Simpson – “Dear 7th Grade Self”


Performing at the 2018 Rustbelt Poetry Festival.

“Dear 7th Grade Self, you are currently one of two Black people in a class of about 80, suffice to say you speak for Black people everywhere now.”

Don’t miss this sensational poem from Darius Simpson, performing at the 2018 Rustbelt Poetry Festival in Detroit, MI.



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Best of 2015 #1: Darius Simpson & Scout Bostley – “Lost Voices”

Darius Scout Countdown Photo

“To tell me you know my pain is to stab yourself in the leg because you saw me get shot. We have two different wounds, and looking at yours does nothing to heal mine.”

Finishing our countdown, here’s the top video on Button from 2015: “Lost Voices” by Darius Simpson & Scout Bostley. Congratulations poets!