by Rudy Francisco


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ISBN-13: 9781943735198
Publisher: Button Poetry
Publication date: 11/28/2017
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 11,711
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Rudy Francisco is one of the most recognizable names in Spoken Word Poetry. At the age of 21, Rudy completed his B.A in Psychology and decided to continue his education by pursuing a M.A in Organizational Studies. As an artist, Rudy Francisco is an amalgamation of social critique, introspection, honesty and humor. He uses personal narratives to discuss the politics of race, class, gender and religion while simultaneously pinpointing and reinforcing the interconnected nature of human existence.

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Helium 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Suze-Lavender More than 1 year ago
Helium is a mix of personal, political, love and cultural poetry. Rudy Francisco shares his thoughts and feelings in a stunning open, honest and sometimes raw manner. He has a breathtaking way with words that kept blowing me away. I was impressed by his analogies, for me they were the most striking aspect of his poems. He has an impressive ability to compare, voice his opinions and show his emotions with clarity while adding an abundance of beauty in the process. His poems give his readers a fascinating glance into his world and I'm grateful I had the chance to experience this. Rudy Francisco skillfully plays with rhythm. Every time he gets it exactly right, which gives his poems plenty of strength. He makes sure the reader understands the message and is being spellbound by the way he delivers it at the same time. Helium is a gorgeous collection of poems, it contains small masterpieces that can and should be read again and again. I highly recommend this fantastic work of art.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The emotions I felt while reading this collection surprised me. For a book off of Net Galley, I was blown away. This poetry collection covers race, gender, mental illness, religion, and love in an open and raw collection of poems that speak to you and force you to confront your demons in such a passionate way. Every poem struck home and made me sit back and ask myself "Who am I now that I've read this?" From “And Then After”: I heard there’s a woman in Palestine who makes flower pots out of used teargas grenades From this I learned the explosion is not how the story has to end. From "Sinking": I held you the way a boat holds water. I should have left when I felt us sinking. From "Strength": I convinced my fist that it was a flower. I relaxed, it bloomed and I forgave you before you even apologized. These are just a few poems that each explore a different theme in Helium. Each one taught me something whether it was about the world or about myself, I felt like a better person from reading these poems. I highly recommend this collection; it's unfiltered emotions and wide range of subjects offers something for every one. Rudy Francisco is a poet to keep your eye one. You should look him up on YouTube and listen to his spoken poetry and slam poetry, it will give you the chills.
TheDreamCarriers 10 months ago
"Some days I forget that my skin is not a panic room" I'm in LOVE with this collection. I'm so happy that Chameleon was recommended to me on Facebook and prompted me to buy this. I love love LOVE when he performs his pieces and it was a treasure to read a collection of his poetry. It's safe to say I definitely cried multiple times reading this. 100% recommend. My favorite poems include: Water, Horizon, My Honest Poem, 12 am, If I Was a Love Poet, When People Ask How I'm Doing, Vanish, Scars, To the Random Dude Who Started Dating My Ex-Girlfriend Two Days After We Broke Up (Yes, I Read That on Facebook), Haunted, Chameleon, Skin II, Adrenaline Rush, Meal, Rifle II, Roulette, Mercy, Capacity, and Silence. Yeah. I know. But I love this poetry collection with my whole heart. If you enjoy Rudy's spoken poetry, pick this up! You will absolutely love it. It is one of my top reads of not only this year, but of all time. "Did you know that the human body is approximately sixty percent water? When I walk into a room full of people, all I see is an ocean."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you weren't into poetry before, you will be after reading this. It's honest, it's raw, and it's so distinctively Rudy, while still being the most relatable poetry I've ever read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rudy is one of the greatest. This collection shows his range, voice, and immense poetic talent.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great piece of work
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it