Javon Johnson - “cuz he’s black” (NPS 2013)
"Black boys in this country cannot afford to play cops and robbers if we’re always considered the latter. Don’t have the luxury of playing war if we’re already in one."
Performing for Da Poetry Lounge at the 2013 National Poetry Slam. DPL ended up placing 2nd in the tournament.
New poem from the #afterschool show. Joshua Bennett and Carvens Lissaint “How To Win A Fight”
Skyline - Art Project (June 2014)
Materials: Post it-notes, Sharpies, Color pencils
This was originally going to be a wall of Post-Its with several of my favorite quotes from books, movies, songs, and poems. Somewhere along the middle, I thought I could take it up a notch in creativity and based the shape of the Post-It piece on the Pudong skyline. There are over 60 quotes on there and it took 4 days to complete.
*The Sierra de Mulder quote on the third photo is paraphrased because I didn’t have Wi-Fi when I made it/took the photo. After I checked the quote, I changed it.
Olivia Gatwood - “Directives” (WoWPS 2014)
"It is easy to hurt someone who looks just like you, especially when you hate yourself."
Performing during prelims at the 2014 Women of the World Poetry Slam.
Neil Hilborn - “Liminality”
"Heaven is an exhausted horse laying down to die."
Performing at the Soap Boxing Poetry Slam.
I wrote the first draft of this poem five years ago, and I still love performing it today. Check it out. I’ll say pretty stuff in your ear.
Sierra DeMulder - “The Unrequited Love Poem” (Poetry Observed)
"A soul mate is not the person who makes you the happiest, but the one who makes you feel the most."
As part of our collaboration with Poetry Observed, we’re re-releasing the original series of videos we filmed with them in 2012, the first video project Button ever worked on, on the Button YouTube.
This is still probably one of my favorite poems I’ve ever written. Thanks for sharing buttonpoetry!
My joy likes to run from my body
quick as it can.
I’ve been practicing holding it
like I practice holding my breath at the pool.
I can do about half a lap
before my panic freaks out
on its little red whistle.
My panic is not a lifeguard
but you can’t tell my panic that.
My panic googled “how to perform CPR on yourself.”
Phil Kaye // “Repetition” (Poetry Observed)
"If you watch the sun set too often, it just becomes 6 PM. If you make the same mistake over and over, you’ll stop calling it a mistake."
The first video in our series with Poetry Observed. The amazing Phil Kaye. Words matter.