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IN BUTTON POETRY: Safia Elhillo – “To Make Use of Water” (CUPSI 2016)

“Dilute, I forget the arabic word for economy. I forget the english word for asine. Forget the arabic word for incense”- Safia Elhillo

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IN BUTTON POETRY Mason Granger – “Alexander SquarePants: Track #31” (Button Live)

“Every action has a equal opposite reaction, pineapple under the sea but you wont see sebastian, sponge bob obviously has crabby patty passions”- Mason Granger 

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IN ALL DEF POETRY:”An Unauthorized Autobiography of Albert Ayer” – Sean Mega DesVignes | (NPS ’16)

“I decided the saxophone, It needed a new agenda so this is what happens when calypso and gospel have a lovechild. But all of this is just sound, I never said this was jazz, if I had to give it an appropriate name I would call it slave grammar. I would call it the new holy trinity: negation, fracture, and protest.  Tonight, I’ll play so good you swear I could blow the Jim Crow out of a white boy.”

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IN BUTTON POETRY: Yesika Salgado – “Compilation”

“My Depression. My secret sadness. My ocean always asking for my body.  My anxiety

whispering my name at the nape of my neck. My hands and how they listened and

slammed against my body.  My body and how no one ever saw my bruises ‘cause no one

ever saw my body.”

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IN SLAM FIND: Crystal Valentine – “In A Fit Of Rage My Blackness Drags Rachel Dolezal…” (NPS 2016)

“Have you ever been called a nigger Rachel?, in a fight? in a university classroom?, in front of your thirteen year old nephew? do you say it when no ones around? whisper it like a blasphemous prayer sent to a white god, you think you black girl?” -Crystal Valentine

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IN POETRY SLAM INC: NPS 2016 Group Piece Finals – Union Square Slam(Taylor Steele and Nkosi Nkululeko) “Grey’s Anatomy”

“Death looks like freedom in the way Freddy’s arms swung in the shape of a glyph. A language he tried to write in mid-air as if we couldn’t read the trauma his body made on its own, stunned but not offered that gift of numbness. The nervous system is a delicate God, release it of its purpose and the body no longer comprehends violence.” – Taylor Steele and Nkosi Nkululeko

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In Button Poetry: iCON – “In My Skin” (WOWPS 2016)

“This is the poem that I’ve been afraid to expose my scars in.” – Sha’Condria Sibley

 

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In SlamFind: Ashley Davis – “Lessons in Healing” (NPS 2016)

“Healing begins whenever you are ready” – Ashley Davis

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IN JUST BUFFALO LIT: Ocean Vuong at the Silo City Reading Series

We wanted to share a really beautiful video Just Buffalo Literary Center produced of the season finale of the Silo City Reading Series, a summer series that was started in 2013 and consists of 3 events each summer in the historic grain elevators along the Buffalo River. Each event includes a musical act, a site specific art installation, a local writer, and a visiting poet. The August 13th event featured Ocean Vuong, Sherry Robbins, Space Cubs, & Projex. Ocean Vuong is the author of Night Sky With Exit Wounds which was on Publishers Weekly’s “Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2016,” he also won the 2016 Whiting Award and he himself has been featured in The New York TimesThe New Yorker and other esteemed publications. In his poem “Headfirst” Vuong explores his relationship with his mother which has universal implications. The beauty, the violence, the complication of the maternal relationship are laid out with exquisite precision. For more from Just Buffalo Literary DIVE

 

 

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In ButtonPoetry: Emi Mahmoud – “People Like Us” (WOWPS 2016)

” memories of my childhood live between the rings of sound”- Emi Mahmoud

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Royce Mann’s (14 yr. old white Atlanta teen) poem “White Boy Privilige” goes viral.

“Dear women, I’m sorry. Dear black people, I’m sorry. Dear Asian-Americans, dear Native Americans, dear immigrants who came here seeking a better life, I’m sorry. Dear everyone who isn’t a middle or upper-class white boy, I’m sorry. I have started life on the top of the ladder while you were born on the first rung.”- Royce Mann

 

 

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IN BUTTON POETRY: Taylor Steele – “All These Bodies (after Patricia Smith)”

“Another Black boy got killed today and he was my brother, but not and he was my son-” Taylor Steele

 

 

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IN BUTTON POETRY: Arati Warrier & Ariana Brown – “Anger” (CUPSI 2016) Button Poetry

“I’m just a brown girl a shattered shadow, just convient to kill, just bloody legs holding a rotting fruit, just an uncomfortable holy”- Arati Warrier & Ariana Brown

 

 

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Donovan Livingston’s Harvard Graduate School of Education Student Speech

“I am a DREAM Act, dream deferred incarnate. I am a movement — an amalgam of memories America would care to forget my past, alone won’t allow me to sit still. So my body, like the mind, cannot be contained.”- Donovan Livingston

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IN CITIZEN OF THE WORLD: ARTPORN by Jacob Brooks

Jacob Brooks’ work has appeared in Adult Magazine, Enclave, and The Yalobusha Review. He aspires to use poetic performance, in collaboration with audio and visual artists, to create intensity that generates healing and political passion in his audience. This is his debut collection. “Grotesque and burlesque, ARTPORN is sixteen effluvious poems that echo and decay in the overlapping spaces of queerness, masculinity, anxiety, childhood trauma, and sexual expression.” The release date is May 31st. To purchase and find out more …..DIVE>>

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IN BUTTONPOETRY: Kai Davis, Nayo Jones & Jasmine Combs – “Sandra Bland”

Performing for Temple at the 2016 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational. Temple won the tournament.

 

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Tony Mancus

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Justin Marks

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Elaine Johanson

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Carlos Soto-Román

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IN DEMOCRAY NOW: Spoken Word Artist Saul Williams Extended Interview on His New Album, “Martyr Loser King”

Twenty years ago Saul Williams won the title of Nuyorican Poets Cafe’s Grand Slam Champion. Over the past two decades, he has forged a career mixing poetry, music and acting. In 2014 he performed in the first Broadway hip hop musical “Holler If Ya Hear Me” a musical inspired by Tupac Shakur. His new album is, “”MartyrLoserKing.”

‘In an extended interview with Saul Williams, a world-renown spoken word artist, he discusses his career of mixing poetry, music and acting; reads some of his poetry, discusses how he became an activist, and describes the concept of his new album, “MartyrLoserKing.”‘

 

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Ksenija Pavlovic

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Ana Božičević

Ana Božičević was born in Croatia and then she came to NYC. She’s the author of Stars of the Night Commute and Rise in the Fall, winner of the Lambda Literary Award. Her Joy of Missing Out is forthcoming with Birds, LLC. She works and teaches poetry at BHQFU. She also sings.

 

A Tragic Gentleman

 

Sweet death
To whom
Into whom I always
Write
Will you ease my dolor
Or be
Just another dusty bus
To wherever

I don’t mind feeling
So alone
With the other passengers
As long as they feel that
Way too
As long as the longing
Is mutual

I can’t imagine
What will save me now
A word or star a face
That could make
The trees
Grow full of juice
Again

But I swear if you come
Be you look
Or feel or tune I will
Let you into
This place
And show you

The rest of my music

 

Like

 

When I die
Who will try to figure out
The last thing that
I Liked
Anyone?
The last song I played
Who cares
I will go on like
The jewel from the Titanic
In deepest darkest depths
Till something grows
Out of me
And I become coral
Inhabited by millions
Of song

 

LOL

 

Life is lol
Love is lol
Pain is lol
The wind is lol
Cats are lol
Dreams are lol
You are awake
When all is lol

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Sara Renee Marshall

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In WHYY’s Articulate w/ Jim Cotter: STS “Excerpt from a Dice Game”

Rapper STS (short for “Sugar Tongue Slim”) is fully immersed in the world of hip hop. In addition to a blossoming solo career, he’s collaborated with Philadelphia mainstays such as The Roots, DJ Jazzy Jeff, and RJD2

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Lynn Melnick

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A Place to Stand – Official Trailer – The Life of Poet Jimmy Santiago Baca

“A Place to Stand”, based on Baca’s 2002 memoir of the same name, follows his life from Estancia, New Mexico to his time in the Arizona State Prison in Florence, Arizona. It covers his rise from a nearly illiterate convicted criminal to one of the most recognized Mexican-American writers in the country.”

 

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NICK CANNON Too Broke To Vote

“Voting for office is like picking out which Gun you wanna get shot wit.” Nick Cannon has been stepping into the spoken word world with politically and culturally charged video performances, DIVE IN below

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CAN A COMPUTER WRITE POETRY? OSCAR SCHWARTZ ON TEDTALK

If you read a poem and feel moved by it, but then find out it was actually written by a computer, would you feel differently about the experience? Would you think that the computer had expressed itself and been creative, or would you feel like you had fallen for a cheap trick? Check out this TEDTALK with Poet Oscar Schwartz

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Joyelle McSweeney

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Matthew Brown – “Tracks”

Matthew’s writing offers confessional exploration of faith, heritage, and personal identity in an attempt to reconcile with trauma and self-doubt. Matthew is the author of Verbrennen (Swimming with Elephants Publications), a 2013 Brave New Voices finalist, 2013 and 2015 Southwest Shootout Champion, and the 2015 Albuquerque Grand Slam Champion.

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Rudy Francisco – Honest

Rudy Francisco is the 2009 National Underground Poetry Slam Champion, the 2010 San Diego Grand Slam Champion, the 2010 San Francisco Grand Slam Champion and the 2010 Individual World Poetry Slam Champion, Dive In with a poem called ‘Honest’

 

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Rasheed Copeland performs My Mans an Them at the Individual World Poetry Slam Finals 2015

DIVE INto a performance of ‘My Mans an Them’ by Rasheed Copeland … shout out to Kyle Dargan and www.poetryslam.com

 

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Jamarr Hall DYING BREED

Jamarr Hall, a Philadelphia native, 23 years old, he is an International Poetry Slam Champion of Brave New Voices – 2011. He has been featured in Live Arts Philadelphia Fringe Festival, PhillyCam Mentor / Mentored Program and several movie shorts. With the release of his new project Hall Pass he brings to us the visuals for Dying Breed DIVE IN!!

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James Franco

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Nature Writing by African-American Poets

Join contributors to “Black Nature,” the First Anthology of Nature Writing by African-American Poets including the writers Harryette Mullen, Ed Roberson, Evie Shockley, Natasha Tretheway, Camille Dungy and Al Young. They read from their work and participate in a discussion on the literary and environmental issues raised by the new anthology.

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FURIOUS FLOWER III: SEEDING THE FUTURE OF AFRICAN AMERICAN POETRY

“Furious Flower III: Seeding the Future of African American Poetry (2015) offers the unprecedented opportunity to watch thirty-two of today’s leading African American poets reading from their work and discussing the critical issues shaping this vibrant poetic tradition. Its four video volumes compile close to five hours of highlights from the landmark national poetry summit sponsored once a decade by the Furious Flower Poetry Center at James Madison University, the country’s only academic venue devoted to the study of African American poetry.”

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BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez

“BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez offers unprecedented access to the life, work and mesmerizing performances of renowned poet and activist Sonia Sanchez who describes herself as “a woman with razor blades between my teeth.” A leading figure in the Black Arts Movement and inspiration to today’s hip hop spoken word artists, Sanchez for over 60 years has helped to redefine American culture and politics as an activist in the Black, women’s and peace movements.”

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Tongue Tactics: 9 Afro-Latino Poets Who Get Radical On The Mic

“In a climate currently riddled with anti-immigrant and anti-black rhetoric, poetry for many serves as a form of self-preservation, a way to make sense of identity and an opportunity to set the stage for experiences constantly being put under erasure.”

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Will Giles- Prescribed Fire

2015 National Underground Poetry Individual Competition winner Will Giles from Honolulu, Hawaii has made a name for himself on the slam scene… check out his performance of ‘Prescribed fire’ and you ll understand why Will Giles is a poet to watch for. Video provided by button poetry Continue Reading

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Then Come Back: The Lost Poems of Pablo Neruda

Copper Canyon Press put together a kickstarter https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ to publish the Lost Poems of Pablo Neruda. Neruda, Nobel Prize winner in Literature was a Chilean poet and Diplomat known for his passionate love poems  and political writings was once called ‘the greatest poet of the 20th century in any language’…. Check out the kickstarter to reserve your copy or pre-order at amazon.

 

 

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Kyle Dargan

Kyle Dargan lives in Washington, D.C. where he edits POST NO ILLS magazine and directs creative writing at American University. He is, most recently, the author of the collection Honest Engine. His other books, also published by the University of Georgia Press, include The Listening (Cave Canem Prize), Bouquet of Hungers (Hurston/Wright Legacy Award) and Logorrhea DementiaDargan has partnered with the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities to produce poetry programming at the White House and Library of Congress. He’s worked with and supports a number of youth writing organizations, such as 826DC, Writopia Lab and the Young Writers Workshop.

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Stuck behind bars, a writer found a way to connect to the world

“Reginald Dwayne Betts grew up an honor student with hopes for college, but went to prison at 16 for carjacking, his first run-in with the law. Reading, and poetry in particular, became a comfort and gave him a new identity. The writer, who is now a law student and a prison reform advocate, sits down with Jeffrey Brown to discuss his work and his journey.”

 

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Roger Reeves & “The Work of Art in the Age of Ferguson, Baltimore, and Charleston”

Poet Roger Reeves delivers a craft talk called “The Work of Art in the Age of Ferguson, Baltimore, and Charleston” at Poets & Writers Live Chicago.

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