The Perfect Now

Learn from the past.
Live in the moment.

Apr 15


Shameaca Moore - “Give a F#ck”

"You tell me I don’t give a fuck and you know what? You’re right. I’ve been budgeting my fucks lately, and I don’t have any to spare."

A couple of times a week, we’ll be posting some of the older and less-seen videos from the Button YouTube, from before we really had a following (and before we knew how to film things). This is another excellent, hilarious and moving piece from Rustbelt 2012.

Apr 14


Mike Rosen - “Old Haunts”

A truly moving performance by Mike Rosen on indie finals stage at Rustbelt 2012.

“Start chasing California, like it’s the last bus out of a bad neighborhood…

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Apr 13


Franny Choi - “Notes on the Existence of Ghosts”

"For a long time I could only write about him in metaphor. Lucky for me, the world is full of ghosts."

Franny Choi is an NPS and WOWPS finalist, and a ridiculously dope poet.

Apr 12


Denice Frohman - “Dear Straight People” (WOWPS 2013)

"I don’t like closets, but you made the living room an unshared space. Now I feel like a guest in my own house."

Denice Frohman, demonstrating why she just won the Women of the World Poetry Slam. (It’s because she’s awesome.)

Apr 11
“The sad truth is the truth is sad.” Lemony Snicket

Apr 10

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Apr 9
“What gives you despair, so that you don’t become arrogant, is truth.” Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Apr 8


Rudy Francisco - “Chameleon”

"This is an apology to every woman that I changed colors to get inside of."

Performing for DPL at the 2013 National Poetry Slam.

Apr 7


Zai Sadler & Tova Charles - “Nina” (NPS 2013)

"Your wild hair and voice scares them, with all that Jim Crow south and Carolina backwoods backed up in your mouth."

Performing for Austin, TX during semifinals at the 2013 National Poetry Slam.

Apr 6
“Everything passes.
Everything changes.
Just do what you think you should do.”
Bob Dylan

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Apr 5


Amir Safi - “Brown Boy. White House.” (NPS 2013)

"A boy approaches me in a high school hallway and says, If you were from Afghanistan, I’d beat your ass. The three words I should’ve said were, I love you. Instead, I said, Wish you would.”

Performing during semifinals at the 2013 National Poetry Slam.

Apr 4
“It is good to love many things, for therein lies strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done with love is well done.” Vincent van Gogh

Apr 3


Ed Mabrey performs “Pursuit of Happyness

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Apr 2
“Anyone can hide. Facing up to things, working through them, that’s what makes you strong.” Sarah Dessen

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Apr 1
“Sometimes, truth isn’t good enough; sometimes people deserve more. Sometimes people deserve to have their faith rewarded.” The Dark Night

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