Michael Mlekoday – “On Becoming My Own Quantum Sister”

Performed at the Button Studio

“Bury me brandishing a dress, a pistol, and Poland, broken as my lungs in summer.”

Don’t miss this great poem from Michael Mlekoday, performing at the Button Studio in Minneapolis, MN.

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Want to be featured on Button? Submit to the 2022 Video Contest – Submissions open July 19th!

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including books by Rudy Francisco, Rachel Wiley, Dave Harris, Porsha Olayiwola, Blythe Baird, Andrea Gibson, and our newest release from Topaz Winters!

Michael Mlekoday – “The Night the Owner of Our Second Favorite Bar Put Ten Bucks into the Jukebox”

Performed at the Button Studio

“‘Tom Purty,’ you called him, your body swelling with desire like your first acoustic in summer. The one you learned on until the neighbor boy smashed it like in the videos.”

Don’t miss this fantastic poem from Michael Mlekoday, performing at the Button Studio in Minneapolis, MN.

Get Michael’s incredible book, All Earthly Bodies.

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Submit a cover of your favorite poem to our 2021 Button Poetry Cover Contest! Open NOW – May 16, 2022. More info and full guidelines here!

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including books by Rudy Francisco, Rachel Wiley, Dave Harris, Porsha Olayiwola, Blythe Baird, Andrea Gibson, and our newest release from Steven Willis!

Michael Mlekoday – “The Night the Murderous Cop Was Not Charged”

Performing at the Button Studio

“I choose to believe everything matters. I don’t understand how we live here. We hardly do.”

Don’t miss this powerful poem from Michael Mlekoday, performing at the Button Studio in Minneapolis, MN.

Get Michael’s incredible book, All Earthly Bodies.

  • All Earthly Bodies

    $18.00
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While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including books by Rudy Francisco, Neil Hilborn, Dave Harris, Porsha Olayiwola, Blythe Baird, Andrea Gibson, and our newest release from Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre!

Best of Button Week 359

“I learn there is a season for everything. A wood-guided wind pollinates the many worlds with a single shiver. A thousand leaves unfurl.”

Don’t miss this week’s Best of Button playlist, featuring the top-viewed recent videos on the Button YouTube Channel. Today’s addition: Michael Mlekoday! Congrats Poet!

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including books by Ollie Schminkey, Andrea Gibson, Natasha T. Miller, Porsha Olayiwola, L.E. Bowman, Javon Johnson, Kevin Kantor, and our newest release from Ebony Stewart!

Michael Mlekoday – “In At Least A Thousand Worlds”

Performing at the Button Studio

“I learn there is a season for everything. A wood-guided wind pollinates the many worlds with a single shiver. A thousand leaves unfurl.”

Don’t miss this beautiful poem from Michael Mlekoday, performing at the Button Studio in Minneapolis, MN.

Michael’s fantastic book, All Earthly Bodies is now available!

  • All Earthly Bodies

    $18.00
    Add to cart

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including books by Neil Hilborn, Bianca Phipps, Dave Harris, Porsha Olayiwola, Blythe Baird, Andrea Gibson, and our newest release from Ebony Stewart!

Michael Mlekoday – “Scope”

Performed by Michael Mlekoday

“In my memory, it is always August in Kansas. The cicadas buzzing like a power plant in the late sunset, the air thick and wet with history, bleeding Kansas and all that.”

Don’t miss this incredible poem from Michael Mlekoday, performing at the Button Studio in Minneapolis, MN.

Michael’s fantastic book, All Earthly Bodies is now available!

  • All Earthly Bodies

    $18.00
    Add to cart

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including books by Rudy Francisco, Neil Hilborn, Dave Harris, Porsha Olayiwola, Blythe Baird, Andrea Gibson, and our newest release from Rachel Wiley!

Michael Mlekoday – “Jesusland” (Button Live)


Performing at Button Poetry Live.

“We are all signs and wonders, like God drives around in his Lincoln Town Car dragging the bumper just to shower the world in sparks.”

Don’t miss this marvelous poem from Michael Mlekoday, performing at Button Poetry Live.

Send us your poetry! 2018 Chapbook Contest is open Now – January, 15th, 2019! Submit Here!

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including books by Olivia Gatwood, Sabrina Benaim, Rachel Wiley, Neil Hilborn, Phil Kaye, & our newest release from Andrea Gibson!

Michael Mlekoday – “Don’t Ask Why I Stopped Believing in Magic”

Performing at Fox Egg Gallery in Minneapolis.

“The rain makes the whole city sound like a music box.”

Don’t miss this amazing poem from Michael Mlekoday, performing at Button Poetry Live. Check out this and more in Michael’s book, The Dead Eat Everything.

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.

Link Round-Up

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Hi, hello and welcome to the new Button Poetry weekly link round-up! We’ll be scouring the internet, finding the coolest news in poetry, spoken word, and the Minneapolis-Saint Paul literary world. As we kick things off, it’s impossible to miss the fact that we are now a month out from losing the Purple One, Prince. We’d like to dedicate this week’s post to him, featuring some great content speaking to his legacy.

The Night Prince Walked On Water – Last month over at MTV, Button author Hanif Abdurraqib decided to bless us with this tribute to Prince, and his famous half-time performance.

Purple Elegy – Featured in the Paris Review, this striking, concentrated elegy by Rowan Ricardo Phillips bridges the space between the music of Prince and the music of the page.

The Poetry Gods – This is a new project created by Jon Sands, Jose Olivarez, and Button author Aziza Barnes. While every single episode is the coolest party you’ve ever dreamed of being invited to, we especially recommend listening to Episode 5, featuring Josh Bennett and some reflections on the poetics of physics.

Lit Crawl MN – A special heads-up to our Twin Cities dwellers! On June 4th, the first ever Lit Crawl MN will be taking place in various Minneapolis venues. Expect shenanigans from Coffeehouse Press, The Loft Literary Center, and our dear friends in performance poetry, Wordsprout. And that is just the beginning!

Lessons From Indie Poetry Presses: Poetry 2016 – Button was honored with a shout-out in this article discussing the special challenges and opportunities of running a small press. Not only do you get to hear from our editor, Michael Mlekoday, you can also learn about other great presses out there and the amazing artists they work with.

These Are the Biggest Misconceptions About College Women – In case you didn’t know, Button YouTube regular Crystal Valentine is amazing. She was named one of Glamour’s “College Women of the Year.” Here is a piece in which Crystal and some other amazing young women speak to their experiences as students, activists, and awesome people.

Slam Camp: A Performance Poetry Intensive – Are you or do you know a poet in high school? Then do yourselves and them favor and take a look at this summer camp. Run by Button author Sierra DeMulder and Adam Henze, this camp gives young writers a chance to work with some of the best poets in the game; Melissa Lozada-Oliva, Hieu Nguyen, G Yamazawa, and more!

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Anna Binkovitz is a poet and Button staffer living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She loves pizza, red wine, and honest writing with a lyrical twist.