Posted 3 days ago
wonderdave:

Time to get spooky! Hell yes

Hell. Yes.

wonderdave:

Time to get spooky! Hell yes

Hell. Yes.

(Source: holy-shih-tzu)

Posted 5 days ago
A question I was too nervous to ask last night at the book signing at Parnassus: A friend of mine told me (in a van on our way to Richmond, Va) that you would only work on a song for 3 days, and if it wasn't done by then, you would scrap it. I didn't believe this to be true but it has influenced some of my own "rules" for songwriting (urgency and all that), so I was wondering if you do, in fact, have any rules for songwriting/writing in general that you try hella hard to stick to?
strangersbasement asked

johndarnielle:

I don’t have any rules at all, just tendencies. Generally speaking I finish a song in the same session where I sat down to write it. Generally speaking if it’s not done in a few days, I’m going to assume it has nothing of value to say and will just move along. If this were a rule it would be a really ridiculous one though given that both “This Year” and “Up the Wolves” were written over several sittings with resting times of several weeks or more. 

I do have rules of prosody that are actually more like religious beliefs to me (1. never change the way a word is pronounced to force it to fit the line / no forcing unstressed syllables to bear stress, ever) but that’s not really the same as what you’re talking about, I think. 

Posted 3 weeks ago

buttonpoetry:

Danez Smith - “Today”

"Today I am grateful. Today the diagnosis does not own me."


Danez Smith, performing during prelims at the 2014 National Poetry Slam. Subscribe to Button on YouTube!

Posted 1 month ago

buttonpoetry:

Blythe Baird - “Girl Code 101” (NPS 2014)

"Give me one accomplishment of Mary’s that did not involve her vagina."

Performing during prelims at the 2014 National Poetry Slam.

Posted 1 month ago

Get Your Poems on Button Poetry!

buttonpoetry:

Only ONE MORE WEEK to submit your poems to Button Poetry’s annual chapbook contest! Winner receives a $500 cash prize, 50 free copies, and roundtrip travel to Minnesota for a book release party, filmed by Button. Don’t miss out, and make sure to like and reblog to spread the word!

Posted 1 month ago

buttonpoetry:

Neil Hilborn’s debut spoken word album, NORTHBOUND, is available now! Check out the ridiculous video (most fun we’ve ever had making anything), and head over to iTunes or Bandcamp to download the album!

So this is a promo video for my first spoken word album. It’s silly and I think you should watch it and then buy my album.

Posted 1 month ago
buttonpoetry:

Nate Marshall’s chapbook, Blood Percussion, is now available at the Button Shop!Also, ONLY TWO WEEKS LEFT to submit to Button’s 2014 Chapbook Contest. Awesome prizes, and the chance to be published and filmed alongside our incredible roster of authors, including Aziza Barnes, J. Scott Brownlee, Sam Sax, and Nate.

buttonpoetry:

Nate Marshall’s chapbook, Blood Percussion, is now available at the Button Shop!

Also, ONLY TWO WEEKS LEFT to submit to Button’s 2014 Chapbook Contest. Awesome prizes, and the chance to be published and filmed alongside our incredible roster of authors, including Aziza Barnes, J. Scott Brownlee, Sam Sax, and Nate.

Posted 1 month ago

buttonpoetry:

Rudy Francisco - “Complainers” (NPS 2014)

"It doesn’t matter if the glass is half full or half empty, drink that shit and stop complaining."

Performing for San Diego during semifinals at the 2014 National Poetry Slam.

Posted 1 month ago

buttonpoetry:

Shooting promo for Neil Hilborn's debut album, NORTHBOUND, coming August 19th. Preorder it today.

Posted 1 month ago