Dave Harris – “Patricide”

Featuring at Icehouse.

“Like a man, I lied to myself saying I would do better than my father.”

Don’t miss this powerful poem from Dave Harris, featuring at Icehouse in Minneapolis, MN.

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Dave Harris – “Telepathy at the Music Festival in Minneapolis”

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“I learn the language of a closed mouth, how to look someone in the eye and know nothing and everything.”

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Dave Harris – “Shark Week”

Featuring at Honey.

“It’s called Shark Week. Really just a time to watch things die in their mouths.”

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Dave Harris – “Bars Poetica: A Diss Track”

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“Think I’m acting out? Bet. Only thing behind a mask is a mask.”

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Dave Harris – “Turbulence”

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“The people I love say I leave and make them feel so far away. I didn’t mean to do that.”

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Dave Harris – “Preparing A Meal”

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“You know nothing of love until you watch someone go hungry for you. Even then, what do you know of hunger?”

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Dave Harris – “In Casual Conversation, the Hood in Me Slips Out and Says”


Performing at the 2017 Rustbelt Poetry Festival.

“You did not know shame until they taught it to you.”

Don’t miss this fantastic poem from Dave Harris, performing at the 2017 Rustbelt Poetry Festival.



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In-Depth Look: Dave Harris – “To the Extent…”

In-Depth Look: Dave Harris – “To the Extent…”

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.

“I say my anger is my greatest joy, and I become a heaven on fire.”
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Write-up by Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre

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One of poetry’s most important functions is to communicate ideas in ways that honor their complexity. Speeches, academic papers, or thinkpieces don’t generally capture what this poem captures in terms of the relationships between hope and fear, resistance and rage, empathy (in a critical sense) and spite. These juxtapositions play out not just in the poem’s substance, but in Harris’ delivery as well– it’s subtle, but note how the poem “moves.” From the first line to the last line, while the overall volume/tone doesn’t shift much, the emotional charge builds and builds, finally setting up the devastating repetition of “I hope” lines that close the piece.

For further exploration, check out Marc Lamont Hill discussing Keith Scott on Democracy Now: “The Weapon Will Always Be Black Bodies.” Scholar of The Great Migration Wallace Best takes that idea beyond interpersonal interactions with “The Fear of Black Bodies in Motion.”

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Best of Button Week 112

“The greatest miracle is convincing me my existence is progress.”



Don’t miss this week’s Best of Button playlist, featuring the top-viewed recent videos on the Button YouTube Channel. Today’s additions: Dave Harris & Theron Jenkins. Congratulations poets!

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Dave Harris – “Shade, or How I Respond to White People Who Are Tired of Talking About Race”

2016 Button Poetry Video Contest.

“The greatest miracle is convincing me my existence is progress.”

Don’t miss this incredible poem from Dave Harris, Runner-Up in the 2016 Button Poetry Video Contest. Support Button on Patreon so we can continue to broadcast these amazing poets!

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