Posted 4 days ago


Jamaal May - “Sky Now Black With Birds”

ForgiveI swear, the word has feathers. I want to learn to get its wings between my teeth before more retribution blots out the sky.”

Performing during prelims at the 2014 Rustbelt Regional Poetry Slam.

Posted 1 week ago



Still pretty proud of my response to this.

I loved Marvel comics when I was a kid; I was a weird kid who didn’t get down with macho stuff, in part because of the general scene in my house & in part because I was scrawny and couldn’t really front like I was tough. In my tiny limited-to-my-personal-friends-and-surroundings comics scene, the idea that macho norm-enforcer types could be into comics would have come as a huge and deeply disappointing surprise; comics, in my mind, were for people who’d already begun to sense that, in the immortal words of Anti-Flag, “their system doesn’t work for you.”

I hope Marvel systematically “ruins” absolutely every one of their legacy characters forever, one after another, and then D.C. runs a Sgt. Rock miniseries where he renounces violence as a means of conflict resolution. May the grousing of the macho comics dudes ascend to Heaven forever and make an acceptable sacrifice unto Galactus

Posted 1 week ago


Hanif Abdurraqib - “Ode to Biggie” (Rustbelt 2014)

"And then God bled on a street in Los Angeles and we decided that maybe he wasn’t God, after all."

Performing during prelims at the 2014 Rustbelt Regional Poetry Slam.

Posted 1 week ago


Ariana Brown & Arati Warrier - “Invisible” (CUPSI 2014)

"Before I know who is worthy, I have already opened my mouth for them."

A beautiful group piece from UT Austin, champions of this year’s College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational.

Posted 2 weeks ago


Button Poetry is incredibly excited to announce the release of our first professionally produced spoken word album, by the one and only Neil Hilborn. The best part is? You can preorder it right now, just by clicking here.

“Northbound” features 20 studio quality tracks; 40 minutes of new and favorite spoken word pieces by Neil himself.

With your Bandcamp preorder, you’ll immediately receive downloads of both “OCD” and “The Mating Habits of the North American Hipster” to tide you over until the album is released on 8/19.

Please like, share, comment, and support independent art! We could never have come this far without all of you, and we’re so grateful for your support.

All our love,

The Button Poetry Family


Posted 2 weeks ago


Sam Sax - “Essay on Crying in Public” (Rustbelt 2014)

"How bad does the news have to be before you get to shoot the messenger? How do you bury the hatchet when it always ends up in my back?"

Sam’s new book, A Guide to Undressing Your Monsters, is NOW AVAILABLE! Check out the book on the Button Website.

Posted 4 weeks ago


Olivia Gatwood - “Directives” (WoWPS 2014)

"It is easy to hurt someone who looks just like you, especially when you hate yourself."

Performing during prelims at the 2014 Women of the World Poetry Slam.

Posted 1 month ago


Neil Hilborn - “Liminality”

"Heaven is an exhausted horse laying down to die."

Performing at the Soap Boxing Poetry Slam.

I wrote the first draft of this poem five years ago, and I still love performing it today. Check it out. I’ll say pretty stuff in your ear.

Posted 1 month ago

So here is the part where I announce fall tour dates! This is by no means a complete list, and I am still booking for this fall, but more on that later.


9th: Cambridge, MA, Lesley University
11th: Northfield, VT, Norwich University
19th: Stevens Point, WI, University of Wisconsin — Stevens Point
24th: Saint Paul, MN, Hamline University
25th: Whitewater, WI, University of Wisconsin — Whitewater


2nd: Fayetteville, AR, University of Arkansas
7th: Commerce, TX, Texas A&M — Commerce
8th: Houston, TX, University of Houston
9th: San Marcos, TX, Texas State University
15th: Charlotte, NC, University of North Carolina — Charlotte
20th: Cincinatti, OH, Xavier University
29th: Springfield, OH, Wittenberg University


13th: Hooksett, NH, Southern New Hampshire University
14th: Orono, ME, University of Maine
19th: Columbia, SC, University of South Carolina
20th: Cedar Falls, IA, University of Northern Iowa
21st: Saint Paul, MN, University of Saint Thomas
22nd: Sioux Falls, SD, Augustana University

Those are the dates I have confirmed so far, and I would love to have some more! So if you run a show at a college, bar, theater, or creepy basement and you would like me to do poems there, shoot me an email at!

Posted 1 month ago


Danez Smith - “Dear White America” (Rustbelt 2014)

"Black girls go missing without a whisper of where. There are no amber alerts for the amber-skinned girls."

Our first video from the 2014 Rustbelt Regional Poetry Slam. Danez Smith is now the Rustbelt individual champion, two years running. This poem should show you why.