Danez Smith - “Dear White America” (Rustbelt 2014)

“Black girls go missing without a whisper of where. There are no amber alerts for the amber-skinned girls.”

Our first video from the 2014 Rustbelt Regional Poetry Slam. Danez Smith is now the Rustbelt individual champion, two years running. This poem should show you why.

The mind of the addict is cunning enough to convince the body it is not dying. Houdini doesn’t have shit on an addict. He was able to convince everyone but himself he had vanished. Addiction is the ethereal art of forgetting that you are still here.
The difference between an addict and one who is drowning is the one who is drowning knows it. The addict will drink the sea until it becomes him.

Britteney Conner - “Consent” (Rustbelt 2014)

“We live in a society where film will not show a woman’s face in orgasm, but they will in abuse.”

A powerful piece about the meaning of consent. Show this poem to all the people who need to see it.

Vista Grocery in Vista MO. Supposedly this was the place to hangout in the 1940’s. A roller rink was inside a barn across the street and next door was a Sinclair. 

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2014 Thomas R Mason IV


Everyone should watch this video. This man is amazing. ♥


Neil Hilborn ‘OCD’ (Rustbelt 2013)

This is my favourite piece of poetry.

'The first time I saw her,

everything in my head went quiet.

All the ticks

All the constantly refreshing images

just disappeared’


Borts Pool - West Side, Youngstown Ohio

I learned to swim here. I fucking hated it. The water was always so cold, and the bottom of the pool hurt my feet. Remember the rusty ass cowboy that was part of the jungle gym? Anyways, I guess you cant expect too much from a public pool financed by a city with a constantly shrinking tax base. Still, I wanted to photograph the place before they tore it down. So I did. R I P 


Sam Sax - “Essay on Crying in Public” (Rustbelt 2014)

“How bad does the news have to be before you get to shoot the messenger? How do you bury the hatchet when it always ends up in my back?”

Sam’s new book, A Guide to Undressing Your Monsters, is NOW AVAILABLE! Check out the book on the Button Website.


Tonight’s Cantab feature is Cleveland poet Siaara Freeman! Here she performs “The Drug Dealer’s Daughter” at Rustbelt 2014, in a video via Button Poetry.