5 Of Our Favourite Button Poetry Performances

By November 10, 2017Poetry, Video

I first came across Button Poetry on Facebook. with almost 1.5 million followers on that social media platform alone they are proving to have worldwide appeal.

Based in Minnesota, the Button Poetry organisation is dedicated to bringing us performance poetry from a host of talented poets. Some of the poets tug at your heart, while others make you laugh at their clever commentary and witty prose. Even if you are not a fan of poetry, performance poetry is more accessible, inclusive, and exciting than you would imagine.

We have picked out 5 of our favourites- a tiny fraction of what is on offer- and implore you to check out some more on their YouTube channel, or via Facebook.

Content warning: Strong language and intense themes.




Sabrina Benaim- Explaining Depression to My Mother

Patrick Roche- Every 40 Seconds

Bianca Phipps- Stay With Me

Olivia Gatwood- Manic Pixie Dream Girl

Sarah Kay- The Type

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Ricardo Eliécer Neftalí Reyes Basoalto, better known for his pen name Pablo Neruda was a Chilean poet, diplomat and politician born on July 12th 1904. Neruda started receiving recognition for his poetry aged just thirteen and wrote in a variety of styles including surrealist poems, historical epics and even political manifestos, although he is probably best known for his passionate love poems.

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Watch the reading, or read it yourself below.

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Let us know which of your own favourite poems remind you of the Summer time.

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