The Wall

Poems, probably. And whatever else I decide to write.

His book is amazing. Buy it. Read it.


Sam Sax - “Essay on Crying in Public” (Rustbelt 2014)

"How bad does the news have to be before you get to shoot the messenger? How do you bury the hatchet when it always ends up in my back?"

Sam’s new book, A Guide to Undressing Your Monsters, is NOW AVAILABLE! Check out the book on the Button Website.

One of the most salient, powerful poems Button’s posted.


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.


Support the artist! Watch the full poem: Javon Johnson - “cuz he’s black”

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Neil Hilborn - “The Future” (NPS 2013)

When I’m down I don’t kill myself because then the sadness would be over, and the sadness is my old paint under the new.”

Back by popular demand, Neil Hilborn. Now with 80% less beard.

Another poem from my teammate Neil. This bout was one of the best I’ve ever competed in.

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Joyce Lee - “To Baltimore”

"Maryland says you’re too cold to be claimed. You’re too calm about your cold to be seen as anything but dead and dying."

Performing as the September feature at the Soap Boxing Poetry Slam in Saint Paul.


Danez Smith - “Genesissy”

"And that’s the story of the first snap; the hand’s humble attempt at thunder; a small sky troubled by attitude."

Performing at the 2013 season opener Soap Boxing Poetry Slam on September 9th.


Kevin Burke - “BtMI (Bomb the Music Industry)” (TGS 2013)

"The thing that no one ever tells you about depression, is that it has nothing to do with being sad."

Kevin Burke, Texas Grand Slam champion, performing on finals stage.



Michael Lee - “Anvils” (TGS 2013)

"Do not call yourself a Christian nation and forget Christ was a carpenter. Do not oppress the people closest to the man you pretend to worship: the humble, the poor and the working."

Performing on finals stage at the 2013 Texas Grand Slam Poetry Festival.

BOOM. Buttonpoetry just posted my poem Anvils. This is one of my favorite pieces to perform and its content only becomes more relevant for me as time passes. We are the change we are waiting for. Wake up, America. Wake up.

Teaching Children In This Awful Way Is Like Helping A Person Who Is On Fire By Drowning Them

Thanks, Upworthy, for posting my poem!


Rachel Rostad - “Names” (NPS 2013)

"Some say written language is only the bad translation of spoken. You cannot read sheet music and hear the song. You cannot read a speech and see the speaker. When the very first word was written down, something must have been lost."

Performing for SlamMN! at the 2013 National Poetry Slam.

My teammate and good friend, Rachel Rostad, performing at this year’s NPS.