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In his stunningly intimate, highly anticipated follow up to Helium, Rudy Fransico has created a collection of poems that savor the day-to-day. Treating it as worship, turning it into an opportunity to plant new seeds of growth. Language so often fails us, but Fransico has found his way around this as he creates his own words for the things our language cannot give name to. In his stunningly intimate, highly anticipated follow up to Helium, Rudy Fransico has created a collection of poems that savor the day-to-day. Treating it as worship, turning it into an opportunity to plant new seeds of growth. Language so often fails us, but Fransico has found his way around this as he creates his own words for the things our language cannot give name to. "Felenter (Noun) Definition: Someone who finds joy in things that people believe to be mundane." I'll Fly Away Uses fascinating metaphors to convey common emotional states. These poems are an act of remembrance, and an act of believing that you dear reader, are a celebration waiting for the lights to come up.


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In his stunningly intimate, highly anticipated follow up to Helium, Rudy Fransico has created a collection of poems that savor the day-to-day. Treating it as worship, turning it into an opportunity to plant new seeds of growth. Language so often fails us, but Fransico has found his way around this as he creates his own words for the things our language cannot give name to. In his stunningly intimate, highly anticipated follow up to Helium, Rudy Fransico has created a collection of poems that savor the day-to-day. Treating it as worship, turning it into an opportunity to plant new seeds of growth. Language so often fails us, but Fransico has found his way around this as he creates his own words for the things our language cannot give name to. "Felenter (Noun) Definition: Someone who finds joy in things that people believe to be mundane." I'll Fly Away Uses fascinating metaphors to convey common emotional states. These poems are an act of remembrance, and an act of believing that you dear reader, are a celebration waiting for the lights to come up.

30 review for I'll Fly Away

  1. 4 out of 5

    Rana Najjar

    My parents were in a long distance relationship for over 30 years, and they lived in the same house. I learned you can be right next to someone but also 1,000 miles away from them without asking geography its opinion. Often, the space between 2 people can be measured by the number of the times they look at each other and feel nothing. Rudy Francisco is easily my favorite modern poet. His poems always touch something inside my soul. Always make me emotional. I don't know how he does it, but he does it. He My parents were in a long distance relationship for over 30 years, and they lived in the same house. I learned you can be right next to someone but also 1,000 miles away from them without asking geography its opinion. Often, the space between 2 people can be measured by the number of the times they look at each other and feel nothing. Rudy Francisco is easily my favorite modern poet. His poems always touch something inside my soul. Always make me emotional. I don't know how he does it, but he does it. Helium is one of my favorite modern poetry books. I loved this too, but not as much.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Malak Souama

    I re-read it today because it is nice to remember how your favorite things taste on your tongue. Where a world is hidden, but people refuse to see. Rudy is one of my favorite poets, maybe in the top two. He's a man of a word that has so much beauty and honesty, you refuse to look away. Today, I refuse to look away. I hope you won't look away, I hope you stare at those words as hard as you can like you will never break the eye contact. I hope we all keep the lessons closer to our hearts and minds, I re-read it today because it is nice to remember how your favorite things taste on your tongue. Where a world is hidden, but people refuse to see. Rudy is one of my favorite poets, maybe in the top two. He's a man of a word that has so much beauty and honesty, you refuse to look away. Today, I refuse to look away. I hope you won't look away, I hope you stare at those words as hard as you can like you will never break the eye contact. I hope we all keep the lessons closer to our hearts and minds, for this is a magic trick I accept falling to. I reread so many poems because of how impressing they were. I swallowed them and tried to make them familiar to my tongue, for I want to tell people a small history written by Rudy. I have always used some of his poems as examples in my class discussions and whenever students clap, I wonder if it's for me or for his words. I hope it's for his words and I hope they will clap more soon because I will pass his message.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Em (BookishPotatoes)

    We don't say "I love you" very often, but we do say "Have you eaten today?" Content Warnings: Discussions of Gun Violence & Depression Wow. This book had it all and then some. This poetry collection flows through multiple sections that each start with a list of words that don't exist in English, but that should. If that doesn't reflect just how unique this book is, I am not sure what will. Covering everything from mental health to fatherhood this book was captivating and kept you wanting more af We don't say "I love you" very often, but we do say "Have you eaten today?" Content Warnings: Discussions of Gun Violence & Depression Wow. This book had it all and then some. This poetry collection flows through multiple sections that each start with a list of words that don't exist in English, but that should. If that doesn't reflect just how unique this book is, I am not sure what will. Covering everything from mental health to fatherhood this book was captivating and kept you wanting more after every poem. This was one of the best poetry collection's I have ever read, and I cannot wait to go and consume every single thing Rudy Francisco has ever written. Please please please go and check out this collection, I promise you won't regret it.

  4. 4 out of 5

    vrenzy goel

    Some of the words in this poem are beautiful. This poem would also make a great gift. Rudy is not an amazing poet but his poems do make you think and remember. They dont stay with you after you have read them, you dont want to print out copies but you do smile, and you do like some lines so much that you want to share them with the world. Some poems ricochet off me, others make me feel like they are written about me. The poems are about sad days but bouncing off those days. They are about kindnes Some of the words in this poem are beautiful. This poem would also make a great gift. Rudy is not an amazing poet but his poems do make you think and remember. They dont stay with you after you have read them, you dont want to print out copies but you do smile, and you do like some lines so much that you want to share them with the world. Some poems ricochet off me, others make me feel like they are written about me. The poems are about sad days but bouncing off those days. They are about kindness and hope. Maybe a man would enjoy these poems more. A lot of the poems are about racism that Black people survive, i could not identify with it but I am sure its well written and will stir something in people who have been in these situations. The thoughts and ideas behind his poems are good and different. We don’t say “I love you” very often, but we do say “Have you eaten today?” I loved the writing style in this book, words that should exist and their definitions, i wish all these words existed. This book also dabbles in a lot of topics. This maybe Rudy’s best work.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Pole

    I'll Fly Away by Rudy Francisco is a stunning and fresh collection of poems that challenge the very concept of language, and its inadequacy in conveying our shared experiences in an ever changing world. I will be circling back to read Helium, Mr Francisco's prequel to this brilliant collection. This is poetry that is to be savoured, one delicious word at a time. Creating words that do not currently exist in the English language, but should as a reflection of societal norms, is a concept that cert I'll Fly Away by Rudy Francisco is a stunning and fresh collection of poems that challenge the very concept of language, and its inadequacy in conveying our shared experiences in an ever changing world. I will be circling back to read Helium, Mr Francisco's prequel to this brilliant collection. This is poetry that is to be savoured, one delicious word at a time. Creating words that do not currently exist in the English language, but should as a reflection of societal norms, is a concept that certainly provides some food for thought. This is a timely and relevant read, and one that I would return to again and again. Many thanks to NetGalley, Button Poetry, and Rudy Francisco for the opportunity to read this ARC.

  6. 5 out of 5

    jime ✰

    it's actually 4.5 stars There are very few people who can write a poem capable of moving something inside you, now imagine making a whole collection. Rudy Francisco managed to do that! All these poems were amazing. They made me felt things, they reminded me of things, I lived the poems and I think that is the goal of poetry. For my part many congratulations to Rudy for making such a magnificent collection. With few pages it caused so much in me. The book includes words do not currently exist in the E it's actually 4.5 stars There are very few people who can write a poem capable of moving something inside you, now imagine making a whole collection. Rudy Francisco managed to do that! All these poems were amazing. They made me felt things, they reminded me of things, I lived the poems and I think that is the goal of poetry. For my part many congratulations to Rudy for making such a magnificent collection. With few pages it caused so much in me. The book includes words do not currently exist in the English language but they should and erased version of poems and songs, which were the icing on the cake. Thank you to NetGalley and Button Poetry for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review

  7. 4 out of 5

    Abby

    Soooo I’d been waiting on this now for a hot minute, and it didn’t disappoint. I love Rudy Fransisco’s work. It is so honest and raw. I loved how he created new words for things that don’t have a name in English- when he said “English is the shiniest hammer I own, but it’s also the only thing in my toolbox.” 😱 🤷🏽‍♀️ there’s just something about his way with words 💜

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lorena

    "Sometimes, a pen is also a shovel." *not me crying while reading some of the poems in this book like the one right here:* "I really wanna say, “I’m kinda fucked up right now.”But that’s not a polite answer. So, instead I pretend that it’s Halloween; I jack-o’-lantern my face into something acceptable, and I tell others I’m fine until it sounds like the truth. But, sometimes there is a “help me”chained to the ankle of an “I’m doing ok” Last year I read Rudy Francisco's debut, Helium, and I "Sometimes, a pen is also a shovel." *not me crying while reading some of the poems in this book like the one right here:* "I really wanna say, “I’m kinda fucked up right now.”But that’s not a polite answer. So, instead I pretend that it’s Halloween; I jack-o’-lantern my face into something acceptable, and I tell others I’m fine until it sounds like the truth. But, sometimes there is a “help me”chained to the ankle of an “I’m doing ok” Last year I read Rudy Francisco's debut, Helium, and I loved it. It was my favorite poetry collection I read that year so when I saw this one, I knew I needed to read it. In I'll Fly Away, Rudy shows his emotions for which there's not a word by creating ones; he creates words, gives them meaning, and then gets deeper into them. He talks about love, mental health, family and racism. It's relatable, sad, funny, adorable and comforting. Now, you might be thinking all these emotions are way too much or that they don't go together but he makes you feel all of them. I'll fly away was fantastic and I'll definitely be reading Rudy Francisco's next books. "and the morning shows up again, like it always does—a reminder that each day comes with free refills. I tell myself that every hour is happy hour, as long as I am on this side of the ground, and maybe that’s a good enough reason to smile and get out of bed. I know it’s not the weekend, but Friday and Saturday are watching—Let’s give them something to talk about." Thanks to Netgalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Publication date: December 8th 2020 Quotes have been verified with the finished copy

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tanya López

    I. LOVED. THIS. I don’t want to spoil the concept since it was so creative, but if you like poetry at all, you need to read this! I love how deep these poems are about love, parenting, race, and self-worth. Thank you to NetGalley, the author, and the publisher for an advance reader’s copy in exchange for an honest review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    TheStonedMason

    "...and the morning shows up again, like it always does— a reminder that each day comes with free refills." To begin, I am not familiar with the works of Rudy Francisco and this is the first opportunity I have had to read his poetry. I should also mention that I am not a frequent reader of poetry but this collection has led me to wonder why; I have obviously been missing out on an intriguing, thought provoking genre. But maybe it's just Francisco's work that has piqued my interest rather than the "...and the morning shows up again, like it always does— a reminder that each day comes with free refills." To begin, I am not familiar with the works of Rudy Francisco and this is the first opportunity I have had to read his poetry. I should also mention that I am not a frequent reader of poetry but this collection has led me to wonder why; I have obviously been missing out on an intriguing, thought provoking genre. But maybe it's just Francisco's work that has piqued my interest rather than the broad genre of poetry, we shall see. I have never come across a collection structured as uniquely as I'll Fly Away has been structured... Expanding language, the English language to be precise, to find words for some of our deep rooted thoughts, feelings, occurrences, liberties, and, at times, a lack of those liberties. A look at the human condition through poetry encouraging the reader to open our eyes to the world around us, at current events, the world we are creating, the world being created without us and ponder what our language cannot explain. Most of the poems in this collection invoke the mind to ponder, question and explore while others, frankly, went right over my head (probably my inexperience with poetry). Great collection to keep around and read every now and again [Thank you NetGalley, the author, and publisher for the free eARC. In this regard; any quotes are from an uncorrected proof and may or may not reflect the text published in the finished edition]

  11. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany

    Let me start off by saying this is the best poetry collection I’ve read all year, hands down. That’s saying something seeing how back in August I read a poetry collection for each day of the month as a reading challenge. Francisco is a master wordsmith. His pieces are thought provoking, engaging, and deeply honest. I enjoyed the “dictionary” theme that was featured throughout the collection. Francisco is vastly talented at his craft. This is a collection I will return to on multiple occasions!!! Let me start off by saying this is the best poetry collection I’ve read all year, hands down. That’s saying something seeing how back in August I read a poetry collection for each day of the month as a reading challenge. Francisco is a master wordsmith. His pieces are thought provoking, engaging, and deeply honest. I enjoyed the “dictionary” theme that was featured throughout the collection. Francisco is vastly talented at his craft. This is a collection I will return to on multiple occasions!!! I would recommend this collection to fans of his first collection, Helium.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    I read this almost immediately after finishing Helium, which I quite enjoyed and I was intrigued to read more of Rudy Francisco's work. Certain poems in I'll Fly Away carry the same poignancy, the same cutting humor as Helium. There were a handful of poems in I'll Fly Away that made me feel...exposed, naked, in many ways. I also thought the framing of many of these poems with words that don't exist, but should was clever and well executed. The words paired quite well with the poems that followed I read this almost immediately after finishing Helium, which I quite enjoyed and I was intrigued to read more of Rudy Francisco's work. Certain poems in I'll Fly Away carry the same poignancy, the same cutting humor as Helium. There were a handful of poems in I'll Fly Away that made me feel...exposed, naked, in many ways. I also thought the framing of many of these poems with words that don't exist, but should was clever and well executed. The words paired quite well with the poems that followed them. Despite this, there were a good handful of poems that also just felt like Instagram poetry. Where Francisco really lost me was with the Erasure poems within I'll Fly Away. Some of these, admittedly, worked incredibly well and were downright searing social commentary (e.g., Miranda Rights, NRA Statement.) However, I thought many of the ones taken from famous songs walked a very, very thin line of Fair Use. I would have rather Francisco applied the technique to more statements from politicians or press releases, as with the aforementioned poems. Blanking out words from pop songs and then publishing them (even though the original artists were credited) is lazy at best.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ellice

    I enjoyed Francisco’s last book, Helium, so was expecting to enjoy this one as well. I appreciated that the author experimented more with poetic form here. Unfortunately, I didn’t find the experiments very successful. Some, like the made-up words and definitions that frame sections, seemed a bit ham-handed and didn’t really add anything. Others, like his erasure poems, felt like things done far better elsewhere (Tracy K. Smith's Wade in the Water: Poems, for example). Francisco’s strength is his I enjoyed Francisco’s last book, Helium, so was expecting to enjoy this one as well. I appreciated that the author experimented more with poetic form here. Unfortunately, I didn’t find the experiments very successful. Some, like the made-up words and definitions that frame sections, seemed a bit ham-handed and didn’t really add anything. Others, like his erasure poems, felt like things done far better elsewhere (Tracy K. Smith's Wade in the Water: Poems, for example). Francisco’s strength is his very personal, confessional, straightforward poems—I’m hoping he focuses more on those in his future volumes.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Joy

    As I loved Francisco’s first book ‘Helium’, I was very excited to read this new book of him. I must say, I loved this one even more than helium. The poems were so current for our times now. Topics such as Black Lives Matter and mass shootings are being mentioned. This was a very interesting poetry book that will make you think a lot about everything!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Randi

    Breathtaking. I absolutely loved it.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kristy K

    3.5 Stars If you like spoken word poetry, then you’ll enjoy this. A lot of short poems that I wish were longer, but on a whole I enjoyed it.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Dre

    "I tell myself that every hour is happy hour, as long as I am on this side of the ground..." If you are among those of us who believe books find us at just the right time, believe me when I say "I'll Fly Away" by Rudy Francisco found me and entranced me at a most convenient time. I am no stranger to Francisco's work. In fact, I've been following him for quite some time. Becoming a fan after finding his spoken word poetry on YouTube, then connecting so deeply with his collection, "Helium," I could "I tell myself that every hour is happy hour, as long as I am on this side of the ground..." If you are among those of us who believe books find us at just the right time, believe me when I say "I'll Fly Away" by Rudy Francisco found me and entranced me at a most convenient time. I am no stranger to Francisco's work. In fact, I've been following him for quite some time. Becoming a fan after finding his spoken word poetry on YouTube, then connecting so deeply with his collection, "Helium," I could not wait to devour "I'll Fly Away." Digesting this book of poetry did come with a price, however. You will feel the words in your chest long after the read is over. I was intrigued by the unique format of this book. On one hand, the poems are introduced by words not recognized by the English language. On the other, there are erasures of popular songs intermingled throughout. It made me think of all the emotions we carry within us that we don't have the language to articulate. Just as I'm introduced to the theme of death in the English translations of words I've never seen, references of Nipsey Hussle emerge. Before long, tears are flowing. I mourn people I never met that I somehow feel attached to. I grieve a failed marriage between the author's parents because being in close proximity to someone, yet still 1,000 miles away, is too relatable. It's safe to say "I'll Fly Away" excels in lending words to feelings of despair and sadness unlike any other book of modern poetry I've read so far. Spanning topics of racism, police brutality, loss, and eventually hope, "I'll Fly Away" is a lesson on transparency. He admits he's not okay, even though his words and fake smiles convince onlookers otherwise. He confides the angst he felt when his high school crush entered the room in 1999, and regrets not approaching her years later. And while Francisco bares his feelings of sadness, he is still hopeful for better days ahead. I recommend this book to any lover of poetry. Hopefully this book will choose you at the right time, just as it chose me. I would, however, like to offer a trigger warning. Reading while depressed can be tricky. Either you will be comforted or triggered, depending on your journey. Take care of yourself and prepare accordingly. 🌟🌟🌟🌟⭐ (4.5 Stars) Major thanks to Button Poetry and Netgalley for the ARC of I'll Fly Away by Rudy Francisco in exchange for an honest review.

  18. 4 out of 5

    J Leonardj

    Raw, Deeply resonant commentary on modern American society and what it is like to be black in today’s America. For me, the poems did not resonate as much as Helium. The authors belligerence, while justified, turns parts of the book into a prescribed edifice. The frustration, while justified, meandered the Helium era equanimity of his words.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Readwithethel

    A great collection of poems that makes you think and fly Key words: poetry, grow, remembrance, believe, memoir I hadn’t heard of Rudy Francisco before, what about you? I was first attracted by this really pretty cover and by the title. I took my time to savour this book and I do not regret it. What I like about poems is that they make you think, they make you feel, dream and reading one poem a day is very easy to do. The poems discuss many themes such as race and discrimination, personal developme A great collection of poems that makes you think and fly Key words: poetry, grow, remembrance, believe, memoir I hadn’t heard of Rudy Francisco before, what about you? I was first attracted by this really pretty cover and by the title. I took my time to savour this book and I do not regret it. What I like about poems is that they make you think, they make you feel, dream and reading one poem a day is very easy to do. The poems discuss many themes such as race and discrimination, personal development, death, love and hate, etc. I felt like most of them were quite relatable and true. It is kind of like an admission of the truth, nothing new but things that should be said and acknowledged. I liked how the author made poems by erasing words from some song lyrics. It was original. Moreover, Rudy Francisco challenges the concept of language and its adequacy to talk about our experiences by suggesting words that could/should be added to the dictionary and, after reading their definition, it’s true that some could be useful. For example, "Felenter (Noun) Definition: Someone who finds joy in things that people believe to be mundane." The verbs were more difficult to imagine in a sentence but I like the concept. After finishing this collection of poems, I went on YouTube to listen to this poet and I enjoyed it a lot. I recommend both reading this book and listening to his poems. 4/5 Thank you Netgalley for this eArc in exchange of my honest opinion.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Victoria

    In his stunningly intimate, highly anticipated follow up to Helium, Rudy Francisco has created a collection of poems that savor the day-to-day, treating it as worship, turning it into an opportunity to plant new seeds of growth. Language so often fails us, but Francisco has found his way around this as he creates his own words for the things our language cannot give name to. “Felenter (Noun) Definition: Someone who finds joy in things that people believe to be mundane.” Using fascinating metaphors In his stunningly intimate, highly anticipated follow up to Helium, Rudy Francisco has created a collection of poems that savor the day-to-day, treating it as worship, turning it into an opportunity to plant new seeds of growth. Language so often fails us, but Francisco has found his way around this as he creates his own words for the things our language cannot give name to. “Felenter (Noun) Definition: Someone who finds joy in things that people believe to be mundane.” Using fascinating metaphors to convey common emotional states these poems are an act of remembrance, and an act of believing that you dear reader, are a celebration waiting for the lights to come up. This writer never does disappointing and reading this book is certainly proof of this as Rudy Francisco returns with a new wonderful collection of poetry. Told in his own voice throughout every poem, this collection couldn’t be formed by anyone else and it makes for a collection of poems that will make you mad, sad but also put a smile on your face - these poems flow right together and it makes for a read that will take you to every emotion you have. The words the writer creates break up this collection of poems that connect back to the word and it works so effectively as they draw you in. No matter how short these poems are there’s something to take away from them as Francisco delivers lines that are just perfectly pitched - poems such as ‘Here I Am Today’are short but sweet with that last line that hits you with incredible feeling. How each poem is delivered throughout leaves you hoping for an audio version. A collection of poems that covers a spectrum of things and all delivered perfectly, Rudy Francisco returns with a collection that gives until the very end of the book. ‘I Hope The Camera Gods Bless You With A Steady Hand’ is such a light and bright slice of joy here, then you have the impact of ‘When They Say He Is Black’ which is just a striking slice of poetry that sticks to you from the moment you read it. This collection is a perfect balance. Button Poetry has published so many great poets, and Rudy Francisco is certainly another of them, another stunning collection from beginning to end.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly Ouwerkerk

    The synopsis of I’ll Fly Away had me with the description “creates his own words”. As a linguistics graduate, I just had to read this poetry collection. The opening poem Mama Saba asks introduces the linguistic trope that plays a role in many of Rudy Francisco’s poems. I can’t help thinking though that this poem does not resonate as well with foreign-language speakers. Or with young kids, as they come up with new words all the time. The new words in the first part of I’ll Fly Away have to do with The synopsis of I’ll Fly Away had me with the description “creates his own words”. As a linguistics graduate, I just had to read this poetry collection. The opening poem Mama Saba asks introduces the linguistic trope that plays a role in many of Rudy Francisco’s poems. I can’t help thinking though that this poem does not resonate as well with foreign-language speakers. Or with young kids, as they come up with new words all the time. The new words in the first part of I’ll Fly Away have to do with death, growing up, and uncertainty. While I agree it would be nice if there were words to describe what he is talking about, the ones he came up with could be confusing for those looking for Latin and Greek roots. After a while, when the newness fades away, this whole new word invention theme gets a bit tedious and I stopped paying attention to the words. Many of the poems are short stories that could be summaries of books. There is much more to them than meets the eye. The poems in the first half of the book resonate well with me as a reader. They’re about mundane situations and feelings, with a straightforward message or opinion that makes you look better at the world around you. The longer poems are great as grand slam poems and the shorter ones as memes or flip-thinking. To me, they are not surprising or novel, but instead, they lead to recognition or an admission of truth, because yes, this is how the world works and how people feel sometimes. I enjoy watching Rudy Francisco’s live performances on YouTube very much and I can almost hear his voice reciting the poems while I read them. I took some time to consider what I was going to say about this poetry collection and decided to divide my review into two parts. The thing is: I liked the first half of the book (except for the erasure poems) and disliked the second half. The sole reason for that is the theme of the poems. The second half is simply too political for my taste; I read for leisure yet felt like I was reading the news. I don’t quite understand why these poems are in the same book as the earlier poems and the ‘new words’ seem to be added as an afterthought. I’m not saying that the issues that are addressed are not serious, but rather that I didn’t expect such poems after reading the synopsis. The poems in this part of the book deal with very relevant topics like violence, discrimination, and the treatment of black people. Rudy Francisco is very outspoken about these matters. You might be the right audience for him – many reviewers seem to appreciate these poems the most – but I was not. At least not that day. Still, there are many things in this world that I would like to fix and Rudy Francisco did draw my attention to them again.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Misse Jones

    Miranda Rights (Erasure) “You have the right to remain silent. you can be used against you in a court of law. You cannot afford an attorney,. It is the year 2036 and yes, J-Lo still looks amazing. Morgan Freeman still looks like...Morgan Freeman. Lil Wayne is 53. He still drinks lean and recently stated telling everyone that he invented hip hop. It is an election year. Beyoncé is Democratic Presidential Nominee, and her campaign slogan is “To the left to the left.” Conversation is officially a w Miranda Rights (Erasure) “You have the right to remain silent. you can be used against you in a court of law. You cannot afford an attorney,. It is the year 2036 and yes, J-Lo still looks amazing. Morgan Freeman still looks like...Morgan Freeman. Lil Wayne is 53. He still drinks lean and recently stated telling everyone that he invented hip hop. It is an election year. Beyoncé is Democratic Presidential Nominee, and her campaign slogan is “To the left to the left.” Conversation is officially a word; skurtskurt is also a word. On TV, there are commercials asking if you drank Four Loki in the 2010’s, because you might qualify for financial compensation. Popeyes just brought back the chicken sandwich, Chick-fil-A responds by opening on Sundays and McDonald’s finally fixed the ice cream machine. Arby’s went out of business 10 years ago, and no one noticed. Candy corn is illegal, Milky Ways are also illegal, but you can still buy guns at Walmart. We had a mass shooting last week, and it wasn’t even on the news. We still write poems about racism. Most of the police force has been replaced by drones. Unarmed black people are still being killed, but now it’s being called a mechanical error.” I’ll Fly Away by Rudy Francisco is a MUST-READ! I encourage you to find a copy as I know you’ll enjoy the work he has put into this most necessary collection of poems. His showcase of creativity in building words and concepts that do not exist in the English language is so thoughtful and real. After all, it got me to thinking: why should language be confined to boxes that do not exemplify all things especially: brilliance. I AM HERE FOR the alternate endings, also known as NOMORTICE, as well. This collection spoke to me and moved me on so many levels. Covering a variety of themes (some potentially triggering, others not) from mass shootings, social justice issues, politics, law and order, violence against women etc, each piece left me desirous for more. Easily one of my favorite collections of the year! Kudos. Thank you to NetGalley and Button Poetry for the ARC in exchange for an honest review! Publication Date: 12/8/2020

  23. 5 out of 5

    Shelby Savage

    "This smile is the first gift my//mother gave me." --It usually happens, I'll Fly Away by Rudy Francisco Poetry requires vulnerability, a willingness to give the intimate pieces of life we can all connect to on a deeply personal level. Rudy Francisco has turned that vulnerability into an art form. This collection of poetry covers topics from climate change to racial relations in the US to what it means to be a parent, and every poem features a gorgeous depiction of pain or hope--or both, beautifu "This smile is the first gift my//mother gave me." --It usually happens, I'll Fly Away by Rudy Francisco Poetry requires vulnerability, a willingness to give the intimate pieces of life we can all connect to on a deeply personal level. Rudy Francisco has turned that vulnerability into an art form. This collection of poetry covers topics from climate change to racial relations in the US to what it means to be a parent, and every poem features a gorgeous depiction of pain or hope--or both, beautifully intertwined. Francisco offers so much of himself that it is impossible to finish without feeling like you've gained a new friend in this world. In "Drowning fish," Francisco discusses the reality of mental health in an accessible, beautiful, but painfully raw way. As soon as I read it, I immediately knew that everyone should read this poem at least once in their life, but probably more. "My parents" transported me back to my childhood and convinced me--finally--that someone else understands what it feels like to grow up in a household made of thousands of miles. Francisco uses a premise of "words that do not exist, but should" to preface his poems, a tactic that I found more effective in certain moments than others. He also uses erasure poems, which I personally am not a fan of. However, the rest of the work was so artfully crafted that these elements did not detract too significantly. Each section was well-defined and topically harmonious, making it easy to flow through them. Overall, this was a gorgeous collection that left me with so much to think about and consider. I think that's the hallmark of good poetry: the kind that steals your breath but gives you an ocean of new thoughts and perspectives. Rudy Francisco lived up to every expectation--no matter how high--with his second poetry collection, and I fully and enthusiastically recommend this book! I received a copy of this book from NetGalley, and this is my honest review.

  24. 4 out of 5

    J

    Just a note, but I strongly recommend people to watch Rudy Francisco perform spoken word poetry before jumping into I'll Fly Away. It will absolutely influence how you read this collection of poems and give you a sense of how these poems are to be read and heard. Another thing to consider doing is to read these poems out loud, because Francisco certainly wrote these poems with the voice in mind. Some poems were more powerful than others, but through all of them, the reader could get a sense of ho Just a note, but I strongly recommend people to watch Rudy Francisco perform spoken word poetry before jumping into I'll Fly Away. It will absolutely influence how you read this collection of poems and give you a sense of how these poems are to be read and heard. Another thing to consider doing is to read these poems out loud, because Francisco certainly wrote these poems with the voice in mind. Some poems were more powerful than others, but through all of them, the reader could get a sense of how these poems were meant to be delivered with their rhythms and lyricism. I'll Fly Away is a stunning collection of poems that plays with the constraints of language, particularly the absence of words that describe familiar feelings and experiences for many. Francisco begins his collection highlighting the limitations of the English language before leading into his first made-up word, "nolexi," to describe this very experience of having an untranslatable word. With every made-up word, Francisco explores various themes and ideas related to that particular word, doing a phenomenal job bringing out a distinct emotion with every poem that relates to its associated word. I was especially taken to the poems that evoked hope and happiness (and there's a word he made: felenter!), especially evoked when he brings up Zoey, his daughter. This is a collection of linguistic possibility I found thought-provoking. While some poems felt a little simpler than others, I often found reading them aloud again brought back their strengths. You can easily breeze through these poems in one sitting, but that would take away from the experience Francisco set up for readers—more specifically, listeners—to also challenge and play with language. Note: I received this ARC from Button Poetry and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  25. 5 out of 5

    irene

    3.5/5 My memory is pretty bad; so i requested the book because i was sure i already read Helium, his previous book. Turns out, that wasn’t true at all. I haven’t read it, ha. Buuut, I can say for sure, it will be one of my next reads. I’ll Fly Away is truly a well written poetry book. Some poems were #relatable and III was the most difficult part, the last one shows what family means for the author and for a lot of people. Besides, it talks about such important topics as racism, police brutality, 3.5/5 My memory is pretty bad; so i requested the book because i was sure i already read Helium, his previous book. Turns out, that wasn’t true at all. I haven’t read it, ha. Buuut, I can say for sure, it will be one of my next reads. I’ll Fly Away is truly a well written poetry book. Some poems were #relatable and III was the most difficult part, the last one shows what family means for the author and for a lot of people. Besides, it talks about such important topics as racism, police brutality, gun violence, depression, etc. Drowing Fish probably is my favorite poem (the poem where I lie about everything, something I’m the mess, it is the year 2036, When they say he is black, Uwani, And the morning shows up, were also pretty good). But the book also talks about resilience and happiness in the small things: I want the kind of happiness that you can smell in my clothes, and a smile so big, you can still see it when I’m walking in the opposite direction. I want to laugh so loud, my demons pack their belongings and decide to move. So these days, I try to take the most mundane things, like waking up or doing laundry, and challenge myself to carve a small celebration into every single one. So, this is such a beautiful book. I highly recommend it. *note: I received a copy via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    "How beautiful is it to grind yourself into sand, offer the grain of you to anyone willing to listen, hoping they will carry your debris to places you will never go." Rudy Francisco once again has written a collection of poetry that speaks to the hardest parts of life. He writes of love and fear, racism and heartbreak. I'll Fly Away is formatted by Francisco introducing lists of words that do not have a place in the English language and basing his poems after the words, all of which invoke "How beautiful is it to grind yourself into sand, offer the grain of you to anyone willing to listen, hoping they will carry your debris to places you will never go." Rudy Francisco once again has written a collection of poetry that speaks to the hardest parts of life. He writes of love and fear, racism and heartbreak. I'll Fly Away is formatted by Francisco introducing lists of words that do not have a place in the English language and basing his poems after the words, all of which invoke strong feeling. His poems are full of humanity and pull on your heartstrings. My personal favorites were "My Parents" and "Drowning Fish" , both of which I connected personally with. Francisco also includes black out poetry in this collection, which is an interesting medium and enjoyable if you know the original works. Overall, this collection was fantastic and filled with emotion, which is Rudy Francisco's specialty. If you are looking for something to tug at your heart and make you think, I would highly recommend I'll Fly Away .

  27. 4 out of 5

    Beatriz Abreu

    I received a free copy of this book form NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. There’s something about poetry that, every time I read it, I still take it like feet to cold water, and I spend some time just processing. it’s not that it will change my opinions, only that it can be hard to convert this very raw connection to another’s person’s head into something that someone else can comprehend. So, instead, I’ll end up saying what can be said of any great poetry: This made me feel. It’s not I received a free copy of this book form NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. There’s something about poetry that, every time I read it, I still take it like feet to cold water, and I spend some time just processing. it’s not that it will change my opinions, only that it can be hard to convert this very raw connection to another’s person’s head into something that someone else can comprehend. So, instead, I’ll end up saying what can be said of any great poetry: This made me feel. It’s not a terribly original thought, but, for me, that’s what makes it worth the tentative steps. And this book was more than worth it. It made me feel. Not happy, or sad, or raw, or heard, but a sometimes brutal mix of all these things that make us human. Rudy Francisco’s poems made me understand my feelings better, understand someone else’s story better, and altogether, hopefully, made me better for having read this. I can’t wait to get a physical copy. (Plus, it gave me new words. New words are awesome 😊)

  28. 4 out of 5

    Nuha

    Thank you to Button Poetry & NetGalley for the Reader's Copy! Now available. In his second poetry collection, Rudy Francisco is exuberant and boundless with his play of form and word building. Not satisfied with the English lexicon, Francisco's "I'll Fly Away" is staged by a series of invented words which he then strives to define and put into context. It's a delightfully creative thesaurus to browse through with deep ponderings on life in America as a black father, a poet, and a teacher. There's Thank you to Button Poetry & NetGalley for the Reader's Copy! Now available. In his second poetry collection, Rudy Francisco is exuberant and boundless with his play of form and word building. Not satisfied with the English lexicon, Francisco's "I'll Fly Away" is staged by a series of invented words which he then strives to define and put into context. It's a delightfully creative thesaurus to browse through with deep ponderings on life in America as a black father, a poet, and a teacher. There's something just uplifting about Francisco's poetry, its effusive & direct approach, its hope. Much like a hot air balloon, this collection will blow you away. Memorable lines: "I fumble through/the only language I know/and find everything/but an answer" "I want to laugh so loud/my demons pack their belongings and decide to move." "loneliness is a rumor your thoughts are spreading about your bones" "I tell myself that every hour is happy hour, as long as I am on this side of the ground."

  29. 4 out of 5

    Karen Blackburn

    Thank you NetGalley and Button Poetry for sending me the e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I enjoyed this poetry collection way more than "Helium". Let's put everything into perspective first, two years ago when I was starting to read poetry, I found "Helium" and decided to give it a shot since I had heard good things about it. I didn't enjoy it as much as I was hoping, but I really liked Rudy's prose and decided it keep reading his works. Best decision ever. He rocks! Man, I r Thank you NetGalley and Button Poetry for sending me the e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I enjoyed this poetry collection way more than "Helium". Let's put everything into perspective first, two years ago when I was starting to read poetry, I found "Helium" and decided to give it a shot since I had heard good things about it. I didn't enjoy it as much as I was hoping, but I really liked Rudy's prose and decided it keep reading his works. Best decision ever. He rocks! Man, I really enjoyed this book. Rudy made such an amazing work!! I cannot wait for this book to get out and purchase it. In "I'll fly away" the author talks about depression, racism, police brutality, family, between some other topics. He also includes some well-known songs and new words that are not in the english dictionary ♥️ I was a little bit worried at the beginning, because I wasn't connecting with the author. But after a few pages in, I couldn't stop reading! Highly recommended!!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Cassandra

    I said it with Helium and I'll say it again with Rudy's new book, I love his work. I've followed him for so long and LOVED his spoken word pieces. When I saw this on NetGalley, I freaked out. Unsurprisingly, this was wonderful. I always think poetry is mostly subjective because we will all connect with it differently, but I do think Rudy Francisco is someone that everyone can enjoy. His writing has something for everyone, but more importantly, makes you feel that connection between his words and I said it with Helium and I'll say it again with Rudy's new book, I love his work. I've followed him for so long and LOVED his spoken word pieces. When I saw this on NetGalley, I freaked out. Unsurprisingly, this was wonderful. I always think poetry is mostly subjective because we will all connect with it differently, but I do think Rudy Francisco is someone that everyone can enjoy. His writing has something for everyone, but more importantly, makes you feel that connection between his words and your own personal experiences. I also really loved the inclusion of words that don't exist in the English language but should. Honestly, if you're going to read any poetry this year... I highly recommend Rudy's work. Thank you to NetGalley and Button Poetry for the ARC in exchange for an honest review

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