Best of Button – Week 36

“Love arrives exactly when love is supposed to, and love leaves exactly when love must.”

Don’t miss this week’s Best of Button playlist. Today’s additions: Ollie Schminkey, Alex Dang, Edwin Bodney, Rudy Francisco, and Sean Patrick Mulroy! Congrats Poets!

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Ollie Schminkey – if I knew it would happen

Performed at the Button Studio in Minneapolis, MN in 2023.

“What is an obituary but a note passed between fingers underneath the desk during class?”

Don’t miss this poem from Ollie Schminkey, performing at the Button Studio in Minneapolis, MN in 2023.

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Ollie Schminkey – It is the Night Before the Night Before

Performed at the Strike Theater in Minneapolis, MN

“she feels like my mother and not just a person who is watching the same man die.”

Don’t miss this poem from Ollie Schminkey, performing at the Strike Theater in Minneapolis, MN

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Ollie Schminkey – Contrapuntal: The Hunter / The Alcoholic

Performed at The Strike Theater in Minneapolis, MN

“”Newly awakened grief has hands wrapped around his neck twisted like rosary beads tightening in prayer clinging to the last breath of his body like a final amen.””

Don’t miss this poem from Ollie Schminkey, performing at The Strike Theater in Minneapolis, MN

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Ollie Schminkey – I Find a Chunk of Bone the Width of My Index Finger

Performed at the Strike Theater in Minneapolis, MN

“On Thursday, I got into a car accident, and my hands already started calling him. I hung up before he couldn’t answer.”

Don’t miss this poem from Ollie Schminkey, performing at the Strike Theater in Minneapolis, MN

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Ollie Schminkey – The Scab to Peel Back

Performed at the Button Studio

“My cousin Henry sends me a photo of my father, and I time-travel. I glitch on his smile, how I held his body.”

Don’t miss this poem from Ollie Schminkey, performing at the Button Studio

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Best of Button – Week 7

“I say, ‘I am fat.’ He says, ‘no, you’re beautiful.’ I wonder why I cannot be both.”

Don’t miss this week’s Best of Button playlist. Today’s additions: Sierra DeMulder, Rachel Wiley, Ollie Schminkey, Darius Simpson, Sabrina Benaim, Hanif Abdurraqib, Arianna Monet, Rudy Francisco, and Maggie Smith! Congrats Poets!

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Best of Button – Week 6

“But 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.”

Don’t miss this week’s Best of Button playlist. Today’s additions: Darius Simpson, Scout Bostley, Rachel Wiley, Ollie Schminkey, Keyma Flight, Sierra DeMulder, and Tess Siegel! Congrats Poets!

Come back each week to see our newest and most popular videos.

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, or check out our newest release from Poetry By Chance An Anthology of Poems Powered By Metaphor Dice Edited by Taylor Mali!