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Publisher's Summary

Helium is the debut poetry collection by internet phenom Rudy Francisco, whose work has defined poetry for a generation of new audiences. 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. 

Contains mature themes.

©2017 Rudy Francisco (P)2019 Button Publishing Inc

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Amazing book!

I've been a fan of Rudy Fransisco since I discovered him on Button Poetry. I'm so glad that this came out as an audio book... and that he's narrating!

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captivating

I am not a poetry person. Saw him on Jimmy Fallon. Had to have Helium.

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Burst The Balloon.

Not an awful book, if you like angry poetry. Very politically based and vent oriented. Nothing inspiring or stirring. I’m all for hearing about someone’s cultural experience.. but it sounds like whining man... Then again, as he says... “I am Leo.” It’s going to be overdramatized.

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Nothing short of Amazing

I am still riveted. My heart- palpitating with excitement, my mind-comforted, my eyes-welled up with grateful tears. I’ve listened to this 3 times now and it won’t be my last. Each time with increased awareness and emotion. I would recommend this book 1,000 times over. Thank you for sharing your gift with us Rudy

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I can repeat listen to this, Its very calming

I can repeat listen to this, it is very calming. this work is very good and deep thought-provoking

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my favorite port

I loved the book. I had to hear his audio. He truly is an amazing poet.

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Phenomenal!

What a great array of poetry and spoken word. The words resonate and sink deep into your soul. There are poems that are nostalgic, some which are simply honest, and those that give a sweet taste of the joys of life. Highly recommend this book.

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Absolutely love Rudy!

Hes my favorite poet period. It's like we share the same jumbled mind. Please listen to all his writings for your own sake.

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Wasn't quite what I was expecting

I jumped to buy this when I found Rudy on Audible. I've watched the videos from Button and he is SO dynamic! Here, though, the stories fell very flat, and everything sounded kind of mechanic and monotone. Very disappointing

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JUST WOW!

Rudy is my favorite poet in the world and being able to hear him perform these poems is just unreal. I grew up in San Diego and would go to the poetry lounge every week to hear Rudy and the rest of the incredible San Diego poets. This book brought back so many memories.