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Amir Sulaiman - “We Must Win” (NPS 2014)

"We’re just trying to make black history. It’s like they’re trying to make blacks history." 

Performing during the Penmanship Books reading at the 2014 National Poetry Slam.

Joy Young - “Unbuttoning My Boy Shirt” (NPS 2014)

"I fail terribly as a lesbian. I haven’t even seen The L Word. The only Tegan and Sara CD I own was a gift from a straight guy."

Performing during prelims at the 2014 National Poetry Slam.

Javon Johnson - “cuz he’s black”

Javon Johnson - “cuz he’s black”

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Hey folks!

It’s been really incredible seeing GIFs of some of our poets take off here on tumblr, like the one that’s currently making the rounds of Brenna Twohy’s excellent poem, Fantastic Breasts and Where To Find Them. We really appreciate that the creator of the GIF in this case included a link to the full source video. We just wanted to remind everyone to credit the author and source, and include a link to the full poem, in GIFs you make of our videos (and in general!), so that these wonderful poets can truly get the audience they deserve. Thank you,

-The Button Team

Brenna Twohy - “Fantastic Breasts and Where To Find Them” (NPS 2014)

"My sex cannot be packaged. My sex is magic. It is part of a bigger story. I am whole. I exist when you are not fucking me."

One of the most memorable poems we saw at the National Poetry Slam this year. Harry Potter, feminism, sex positivity.

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Brenna Twohy - “Fantastic Breasts and Where To Find Them” (NPS 2014)

"My sex cannot be packaged. My sex is magic. It is part of a bigger story. I am whole. I exist when you are not fucking me."

One of the most memorable poems we saw at the National Poetry Slam this year. Harry Potter, feminism, sex positivity.

Neil Hilborn’s debut spoken word album, NORTHBOUND, is available now! Check out the ridiculous video (most fun we’ve ever had making anything), and head over to iTunes or Bandcamp to download the album!

Anna Binkovitz - “Unsinkable” (NPS 2014)

"When we talk about stalking, we talk about the aftermath. What happens when no one does anything. We don’t talk about the fear."

Performing during prelims at the 2014 National Poetry Slam.

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Anna Binkovitz - “Unsinkable” (NPS 2014)

"When we talk about stalking, we talk about the aftermath. What happens when no one does anything. We don’t talk about the fear."

Performing during prelims at the 2014 National Poetry Slam.

Jenna Robinson & William Giles - “Selfie” (NPS 2014)

"When we hold the cameras, news stations can’t pretend we don’t exist. So tell me again that the camera is not an instrument of change."

Performing for Hawaii during prelims at the 2014 National Poetry Slam.