I never wanted
to be a poet.
I needed to be.

tasnimsmentalroadtrip:

All of this is temporary
All of this is temporary
All of this is temporary
All of this is temporary
All of this is temporary
All of this is temporary
All of this is temporary
All of this is temporary
All of this is temporary
All of this is temporary
All of this is temporary
All of this is temporary
All of this is temporary
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All of this is temporary

need this today

'Why is it,' he said, one time, at the subway entrance, ‘I feel I’ve known you so many years?’
‘Because I like you,’ she said, ‘and I don’t want anything from you.’

buttonpoetry:

Dominique Christina - “For Emmett Till” (WoWPS 2014)

"Two neat white rows of perfect teeth sit totem-like in his mouth. And the world did not know him because he had not been murdered yet."

Women of the World Poetry Slam champion, in 2014 AND 2012. So excited to have our first video of her up.

qbits:

Destroy

qbits:

Destroy

(Source: dirtysquatter)

buttonpoetry:

Sierra DeMulder // “Today Means Amen”

"The word today means amen in every language. Today, we made it. Today, I’m gonna love you. Today, the box cutter will rust in the garbage. Today, the noose will forget how to hold you. Today. Today."

Unbelievably excited to finally release this project. Please share, spread Sierra’s beautiful words, positivity, energy.

My mama and one of the most important womyn in my life being empowering and brilliant.

(Source: brettbenzer)

oldmanicarus:

These panels were painted by my students, a crew of Somali high schoolers in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood in Minneapolis. They killed it, they really brought these panels to life, and I’m excited to see the go up. I’m sad to only work with them on this one project, but future artists are in good hands with this group.

If you want to dispossess a people, the simplest way to do it is to tell their story and to start with ‘secondly’.

buttonpoetry:

Mahogany L. Browne - “This…This” (WoWPS 2014)

"This woman that can’t forget how to kiss like shadows. How to smile like cryptkeepers. How to pray like a whisper."

Another poem from the 2014 Women of the World Poetry Slam! Mahogany L. Browne is the host and curator of the Nuyorican Poetry Slam.

buttonpoetry:

Ariana Brown - “Volver, Volver” (CUPSI 2014)

"I am always amazed that the ability to forget history is a choice for some people."

Awarded best poet at cupsi 2014.

buttonpoetry:

Hieu Minh Nguyen - “2006”

"I’m not a piece of coal waiting to be crushed into a diamond. There’s nothing sexy waiting to be carved out."

Performing at the SlamMN! Valentine’s Day tournament.

god damn it i love my brother

life rules

- you are never as awkward as you think you are
- you are never as annoying as you think you are
- you are never as boring as you think you are
- your compliments are never as creepy as you think they are 
- you are way more wanted than you give yourself credit for
- chin up, dude

NEED TO SEE THIS ALL THE TIME

buttonpoetry:

Chace ‘Mic Write’ Morris - “Landmine”

"I swear, us black men are born into mine fields, running full speed."

Performing at the 2013 Rustbelt Regional Poetry Slam. Our first video of the new year!

My family writes the smartest, heaviest, rawest, most heart wrenching work out there. My brother Mic Write with one of my favorite poems.

"I swear, black men know bullet like mosquito" 

"You guys know about vampires? … You know, vampires have no reflections in a mirror? There’s this idea that monsters don’t have reflections in a mirror. And what I’ve always thought isn’t that monsters don’t have reflections in a mirror. It’s that if you want to make a human being into a monster, deny them, at the cultural level, any reflection of themselves. And growing up, I felt like a monster in some ways. I didn’t see myself reflected at all. I was like, “Yo, is something wrong with me? That the whole society seems to think that people like me don’t exist? And part of what inspired me, was this deep desire that before I died, I would make a couple of mirrors. That I would make some mirrors so that kids like me might see themselves reflected back and might not feel so monstrous for it."