roomie photo - happy holidays
Me and my brother/teammate/roommate
dframent asked: you are wonderful. that's all.
YOU are wonderful!
kitandhales asked: Wow, I can't believe I just now discovered your work. Incredible. Your work, lyrically, is incredibly complex and brilliant. Did you study literature in college?
Damn, thank you so much! I really appreciate it. For a time; English Lit was my major, though I never finished college. I got restless and hit the road :P
Hieu Minh Nguyen - “Southbound”
"When the man outside my apartment pinned me to the sidewalk like a moth between the glass, I was impressed that race had nothing to do with it."
Performing at the November 2013 Soap Boxing Poetry Slam.
Hieu Minh Nguyn is a devastating performer and writer. He is truly one of the best spoken word poets in the game right now and it won’t be long before, I think, he is seen as one of the best writers in the game in all stages and pages of poetry. I love my brother, check this out and share!
Michael Lee - “Waking Up Naked”
"If you offer me a shot, there’d better be a trigger involved. The strongest I have ever felt was the first time I said no to a drink."
Button Poet Michael Lee, with a powerful poem about addiction and recovery.
Me performing one of my all time person favorite pieces and one that is super important to me and my recovery! Share your stories, folks. If nothing else it is a personal freedom just to speak them, regardless of who may be listening!
Shameaca Moore - “Give a F#ck”
"You tell me I don’t give a fuck and you know what? You’re right. I’ve been budgeting my fucks lately, and I don’t have any to spare."
A couple of times a week, we’ll be posting some of the older and less-seen videos from the Button YouTube, from before we really had a following (and before we knew how to film things). This is another excellent, hilarious and moving piece from Rustbelt 2012.
Because Shameaca Moore is the TRUTH eight days of the week!
Drawing Blood: Being a Poor Person in America
Last night, I met my classmate’s significant other, let’s call him L, at a Ghostface concert. Waiting for the opening act to finish, four of us (my classmate, L, and another friend of mine—all grad students) sat in a booth and did the…
My big brother.
Guante - “Ten Responses to the Phrase ‘Man Up’ “
"We teach boys how to wear the skin of a man, but we also teach them how to raise that skin like a flag and draw blood for it."
Two-time National Poetry Slam champion Guante, performing at Madame in Minneapolis.
Guante with a HUGELY important piece!
The worst part about being sick is not drinking all the coffee all the time… hmm, maybe that’s how I got sick? Okay. Okay. I’ll have some water and tea.
toska-raw asked: Whenever I get triggered and I can't get back to myself, I listen to Pass On. I just want to say thank you. Your heart is beautiful.
Damn. Thank you so much, that means the world to me. Stay powerful and beautiful! All the good.
igniteandinspire asked: Ok, so I know this sounds really weird, but I saw you at Glam Doll Donuts today. I was one of the lindy hoppers there, and I wanted to tell you how big of a fan that I am of your poetry but by the time I worked up the courage, you had disappeared. I guess what I am trying to say is keep up the awesome work. You are an amazing poet.
Only slightly weird, but totally in line with the year that is 2013 :P Thank you so much for the kind words and encouragement, I really appreciate it. Also, had no idea they have dancing there on Saturdays. Some other poets and I were trying to find a quiet space to edit work, Glam Doll was not that haha. Perhaps I’ll be back for the music some time. Stay up!