Most of the books I buy, borrow from the library, and just in general read aren’t influenced by who brought them to the world by publishing them. What usually matters to me is who wrote them and what a book is about. Recently, this has changed slightly.
I first discovered Button Poetry a few years ago. I think I stumbled upon their Youtube presence at the time, subscribed to them, but didn’t dive deep into all the content. I’m not one to spend hours on Youtube, even though I now regret that. I could have found many great poets earlier if I had paid more attention.
Fast forward to the end of 2017 when I saw one of my author-friends tweet about the poetry collection Depression and Other Magic Tricks by Sabrina Benaim. I don’t see many people on my Twitter feed who read and/or write fiction talk about poetry. So I looked into the collection, read a few poems…and I needed to get a copy. So I did. I read it. I loved it. And I needed more. That’s when I looked up some of the titles in the back of the book and found I could get a few through the library system (it’s so great being linked to a majority of Colorado libraries!). It didn’t take long before my TBR was filled, then read. In turn my to-buy list has increased, as well.
Button poetry publishes all these great poets, but also is a community for poets to thrive in. I don’t know all the ins and outs of it all, but I hope they continue to do the great work they do. I’ve yet to be wowed by one of their books and I’ll continue to look to them for groundbreaking poetry when I need it.
I can’t let you all go without highlighting a few of my favorite collections. That wouldn’t be nice of me. In no particular order, I’d like to bring to your attention:
Depression & Other Magic Tricks is the debut book by Sabrina Benaim, one of the most-viewed performance poets of all time, whose poem “Explaining My Depression to My Mother” has become a cultural phenomenon with over 50,000,000 views. Depression & Other Magic Tricks explores themes of mental health, love, and family. It is a documentation of struggle and triumph, a celebration of daily life and of living. Benaim’s wit, empathy, and gift for language produce a work of endless wonder.
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Helium is the debut poetry collection by internet phenom Rudy Francisco, whose work has defined poetry for a generation of new readers. Rudy’s poems and quotes have been viewed and shared millions of times as he has traveled the country and the world performing for sell-out crowds. Helium is filled with work that is simultaneously personal and political, blending love poems, self-reflection, and biting cultural critique on class, race and gender into an unforgettable whole. Ultimately, Rudy’s work rises above the chaos to offer a fresh and positive perspective of shared humanity and beauty.
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We Slept Here is a case study in vulnerability and honesty. In this sequence of memoir-esque poems, Sierra DeMulder pulls at the threads of a past abusive relationship and the long road to forgiveness. The poems themselves become that which was taken from her. These are hard poems, made up of clarity and healing, which attempt to share some of their peace with the world.
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