I’ve picked up a few poetry books recently, but this is the first one I really sunk into. Rudy Francisco is a great spoken word poet winning multiple poetry slams, as well as an author of four books of poetry. I actually bought his newest book Helium after listening to a performance of one of the poems from this book. It was so powerful, so moving, I immediately had to get my hands on this book and read more of his work.
If you can’t tell, I kind of liked Francisco’s work. I read things that hit so close they stunned me. Literally took the breath out of my lungs and stopped me in my tracks.
A book of poetry is very quick to read through. In fact, it’s not something I’d usually recommend reading all at once after the first time. It’s more of a book I love to pick up, open to a random entry, and read what shows up… It’s sort of like a diary in that way, though it’s someone else’s innermost feelings come to life.
A good poet will express themselves so well that it feels like the reader’s diary too, and that’s exactly what Helium is. What I loved most was how Francisco developed themes throughout the whole book that he interwove into each of his smaller pieces that have been performed and appreciated separately.