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.
I swear, I’m usually not a love poet, but if I were to wake up tomorrow morning and decide that I really want to write about love, my first poem would be about you.
Helium might be my favorite collection of poetry I’ve read in a while.
Rudy Francisco is absurdly talented. Everything single poem is a little story, filled to the brim with emotion. From his love poems to the poems about the environment, each and every one was impactful
It really shouldn’t surprise me considering how much I loved Rudy before I read this, but It blows my mind just how good this was.
I went into this collection a bit worried because I’ve seen Rudy perform some of the poems in this collection. If you’ve ever seen him perform, there is so much emotion in every word he says, his cadence can leave you with goosebumps, but he’s also charming so he make you laugh in the middle of an emotional poem. I was worried that all of his amazing-ness wasn’t going to come across on the page. In the end, I had absolutely nothing to worry about.
This collection tackles everything I love in poetry. I’m was emotional, impactful, had amazing love poems, and it was crazy relatable. I highly recommend it.
Below is a video of Rudy Performing “If I was a Love Poet”, probably my favorite poem in the collection.