Steven Willis – “How the Hood Loves You Back” (250K Views!)

“Ain’t it funny how quickly death becomes fashionable, a testament to how tragic memories don’t fade even in a washing machine.”

Congratulations to Steven Willis on topping 250,000 views on this astonishing poem! Watch more videos from Steven here and here!



And while you’re here, make sure to check out our other books and merch as well, including our awesome t-shirts and posters, and books by Donte Collins, Melissa Lozada-Oliva, Rudy Francisco, Rachel Wiley, Neil Hilborn, and our newest release from Phil Kaye!

Steven Willis – “The Hustle Speaks”


Performing at the 2017 Rustbelt Poetry Festival.

“You’re young, you’re Black, you’re male. Don’t you know all you ever gonna have is the hustle?”

Don’t miss this incredible poem from Steven Willis, performing at the 2017 Rustbelt Poetry Festival.



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

Steven Willis – “How the Hood Loves You Back” (100K Views!)

“Ain’t it funny how quickly death becomes fashionable, a testament to how tragic memories don’t fade even in a washing machine.”

Congratulations to Steven Willis on topping 100,000 views on this extraordinary poem. Check out more videos from Steven here and here.



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, Melissa Lozada-Oliva, William Evans, Rudy Francisco, and our newest release from Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre!

Steven Willis – “The First Time a Man Attempts to Fight His Father”


Performing at the 2017 Rustbelt Poetry Festival.

“It is the fear of a son never returning home that turns a father into the oppressor.”

Don’t miss this powerful poem from Steven Willis, performing at the 2017 Rustbelt Poetry Festival.



While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out our books and merch, including books by Neil Hilborn, Olivia Gatwood, Hanif Abdurraqib, Jacqui Germain, Aaron Coleman, Donte Collins, Sabrina Benaim, Melissa Lozada-Oliva, William Evans, our newest release from Rudy Francisco, & more.

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!

Steven Willis – “How the Hood Loves You Back”

Performing at the 2017 Rustbelt Poetry Festival.

“Ain’t it funny how quickly death becomes fashionable, a testament to how tragic memories don’t fade even in a washing machine.”

Don’t miss this remarkable poem by Steven Willis, performing at the 2017 Rustbelt Poetry Festival. Want to have your video featured on Button Poetry? Video submissions are open NOW, August 1st – September 15th!

While you’re here, head over to the Button store to check out all our books and merch, including books by Neil Hilborn, Danez Smith, Jacqui Germain, Hanif Abdurraqib, Olivia Gatwood, our newest release from Donte Collins & more.