Button Poetry is committed to developing a coherent and effective system of production, distribution, promotion and fundraising for spoken word and performance poetry.
We seek to showcase the power and diversity of voices in our community. By encouraging and broadcasting the best and brightest performance poets of today, we hope to broaden poetry’s audience, to expand its reach and develop a greater level of cultural appreciation for the art form.
Sociologically speaking, having mixed children Is excellent fodder for family arguments. During such arguments, my dad, the black one, Would send us kids upstairs So that we wouldn't have to hear what our Persian family would say, But sometimes I wanted to know
what all the adults were talking about. So one day, like a prisoner in wait, I pressed my face between the bannister rails to listen But all I could make out was,
"It's you. Gave her this garbage hair." And the Mississippi River found itself doubled in rushing through cheek hills. Whatever dams that were left flooded
into confluents, Into gulfs that should be made, Persian Gulf made natural. It is only natural, tears natural. It is only natural, a child's dislike of being prettied. It is only natural sitting still
would seem punishment. It is only natural a mother, white, no framework, natural curls, Natural coils, natural– It is only natural. It is only natural. It is only natural for the rip and roar of hair pick to transform Quiet child into river changer. Mississippi doubled Into soft salt seas. (applause and cheers)