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Michael Lee - “Just Yesterday” (Rustbelt 2014)

"Sometimes I want to kill my Uncle for being a more miserable drunk than I was. Sometimes I want him to die already so I can write about it. Sometimes I, too, want to be a poem."

Performing during finals at the 2014 Rustbelt Regional Poetry Slam.

Button Poetry just put up my piece, “Just Yesterday”. I’m extremely excited to have this piece recorded and online, I wrote this piece after someone said to me, “I like this, but its so angry, I like when you write beautiful things”. I wanted to acknowledge that I’m human, that I think ugly things sometimes, that I say ugly things sometimes, that I feel ugly things, that not everything is or can be beautiful, that without ugliness we would not even know beauty, that sometimes the best I can do is get through the day alive. People see a well written poem about beauty and expect you to be that all the time, its almost like a highlight reel. As much as I try to show beauty in the world, I try too to show the ugliness, and the humanity for humanity is both ugly and beautiful.

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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.

Because Danez Smith is the TRUTH, the WHOLE TRUTH, and nothing but the TRUTH!!!

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David Suzuki in this interview about facing the reality of climate change and other environmental issues from Moyers & Company.

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Hieu Minh Nguyen - “Traffic Jam”

"At my high school graduation, my aunt told me that our voices were so similar. I began talking to myself. Told myself how proud you were, told myself that you were coming back."

Performing during his book release show for This Way To The Sugar, available now with Write Bloody Publishing!

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Michael Lee - “Pass On”

"The theory of six degrees of separation was never meant to see how many people we could find. It was a set of directions to find the people we have lost."

We’re excited to feature Michael Lee’s beautiful poem (and video) on the Button YouTube. A powerful elegy to an old friend, and a celebration of the belief that no one is ever really lost. Please share Michael’s words with anyone who you think might need to hear them.

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The 12 Best Writing Fellowships & Retreats in the US

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For all of the writers on Tumblr looking to improve their craft and find new inspiration for their work, here are some of the best writing fellowships and retreats in the US. Many of these programs encourage collaboration with other writers, as well as with…

I never wanted
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I needed to be.

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'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.’

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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.

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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.

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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’.