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Helium — Rudy Francisco

28 Aug

Publisher: Button Poetry
Released: November 28th,  2017
Genre: Poetry
Source: ARC from Netgalley


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.

From Goodreads


I have to thank Button Poetry for reintroducing me to poetry. I have discovered all of my current favorite poets through them. If you like spoken word poetry that hits hard, you HAVE to check them out.

Ah, this collection. OMG ALL THE FEELZ. It’s hard to put into words what I loved about this collection or even how it made me feel, and I think that’s the thing that I loved about it the most. I just really connected with the feeling of the poems and please don’t ask me for my favorite, because I would be hard pressed to choose.

I connected so much with his poems and found myself nodding and smiling, or nodding and crying depending on the poem. There is just something about hearing someone put into beautiful words exactly how I feel. It makes me feel both understood and not alone. And hopeful. OMG the hopefullness in his words.

If you already love poetry then you will loved this collection. If you think poetry isn’t your thing? I think you will still fall in love with Rudy’s words.



Miss Winter’s Demise and Other Crimes Against Poetry — Paul Minton

5 May

Publisher: Troubadour Publishing Ltd
Released: January 28th,  2018
Genre: Poetry, humour, kids
Source: ARC from NetGalley

Miss Winter’s Demise and Other Crimes Against Poetry is the debut collection of poems from Paul Minton exploring a wide range of themes and subjects. The book contains poems about strange things like a dog with too many legs, a boy who turns into a bird and even superheroes armed with the powers of bad breath and dandruff. There are rhymes about flying farm animals, extremely polite pirates and a newspaper especially for ghosts. And then there is the curious tale of Miss Winter’s demise in which the mystery of her spontaneous combustion is finally explained… Or is it? 

Written in a quirky and humorous style, Miss Winter’s Demise and Other Crimes Against Poetry also contains a number of illustrations that will help to fire the reader’s imagination. Each poem rhymes and concludes with a surprising twist or comic punchline.

From Goodreads

Rhymes that are funny, punny and have twists? Yes, please!

This was such a fun read. And I can only imagine how much fun it would be to read this out loud to a group of kids.

Some of the poems were really, really weird, which took me by surprise in a good way. And some of them almost had a slight undertone of menace a-la Lemony Snicket. I appreciated that the tone of all the poems wasn’t exactly the same.

This collection reminded me a bit of nursery rhymes as far as the rhyming and meter went. The meter wasn’t always bang on which interrupted the flow of a couple of the poems but overall the poems just kind of tripped off the tongue (yes I read them out loud to myself!).

I think kids would have a blast with this and it is definitely not a book that adults would get bored reading to their children.


At First, Lonely – Tanya Davis

27 Feb

Best-known as a musician and a spoken-word performer, poet Tanya Davis has now taken to the page with At First, Lonely. In this collection, she reflects on life’s many passages: falling in love and out, the search for personal truth, the search for home. Davis’s style is one-of-a-kind: a blend of contemporary phrasing with profound personal expression. But her message is universal; over two million people have watched How to Be Alone, a film adaptation of her poem created by independent filmmaker Andrea Dorfman. Tanya Davis’ poetry challenges the intellect and touches deep places in the heart.

I don’t think I can explain how much I love At First, Lonely and Tanya Davis. I don’t throw the word brilliant around lightly, but I have no issues using it here to describe Tanya and her work.

I don’t read a lot of poetry. I think it stems from my university days when I had it shoved down my throat daily. I learned quickly that I’m not a fan of metaphors and such. I want poetry that I can understand and identify with. And At First, Lonely gave me exactly that.

These aren’t just poems. They’re pieces of Tanya: her personality, her life, her being.  It’s impossible to read this volume and not feel like you know her, just a little bit. And that you could sit down, tell her about the shit in your life and know that she’d understand.

I own two of Tanya’s albums, so when I read At First, Lonely, I couldn’t help but read it with her intonations and pauses. For some this might have taken away from the poems, but for me, it added to them.

This was just a gorgeous, honest collection of poems.I feel that if I say anything else I will cross the line from acceptable gushing to insane gushing, so I’ll leave you with Tanya’s spoken word piece, How to be Alone, which is included in the book.

Wednesday’s Words

30 Jun

Behind his eyes I can see it.
Deep down it’s there,
earthy and brilliant
waiting to open up, show itself.
Produce fireworks that burn cold,
leaving me wanting to buy more.

Because I believe in the enormity
that is passion,
burning through time like a cigarette.
Clouding judgement pleasantly and
making fire shine like blue diamonds.

Wednesday’s Words

23 Jun

I know the moon can seem
blueberry bright and thick with
almost possibilities

But to me it’s a lonesome machine

Others feel its azure pull,
like a high from a cigarette

For me it will always signal tomorrow,
a shoe waiting to drop