Featured Artist: RDB
Updated: Apr 23, 2021
Hi, I’m Renea.
My pronouns are she/they. I’m a bisexual, polyamorous, gender fluid, suicide and sexual assault survivor.
I’m a poet, a blogger, and a consultant. I am also a sex positive, body positive, intersectional feminist who believes in Indigenous Sovereignty, that Black Lives Matter, Trans Lives Matter, and No Human is Illegal.
Up until very recently I was an 8th grade U.S history teacher, with a bachelor’s in history and secondary education, and a master’s in antiracist pedagogy. I wrote a curriculum for my school and then decided it was time to move onto a life with my writing and my mental health as my focus.
My poetry is a reflection of my mental health, my inner self, and my sexuality; three topics that have been extremely important to forming my identity.
What does poetry mean to you?
Poetry is my interior monologue. My poems are my raw thoughts spilled directly onto paper. Without poetry I wouldn't be able to process the complexity inside my head.
What inspires your poetry?
My daily life, my emotions, my struggles, my love
Which are most important to you: (1) joy, (2) peace, (3) patience, (4) kindness, (5) self-control, (6) faithfulness, (7) gentleness, (8) love, or (9) goodness? If you can, explain why.
Love, kindness, and patience are the most important to me. They are notions that require you to have a great deal of empathy for others. I think empathy is the most important quality someone can have.
What sort of things are you looking forward to improving this year?
I want to bring out my unique voice more in my poetry. I also would like to experiment with rhythmic poetry and songwriting.
What is one big dream you have?
I want to publish a full book of poetry, and one day make a living as a poet.
I have extraordinarily large walls around my heart
I love openly
but I do not let many people in
at least not very far
at least not far enough
to plumb the deepest
canyons of my
which is my
which is my
and there are things about my body
I’m dying to teach you
but doing so would mean taking down those walls
and letting you cross a threshold
have ever crossed
into a frontier
have just started to explore
for, those extraordinarily large walls around my heart
kept me out
as effectively as they did others
and I realized I don’t even know myself
and I realized I want to get to know myself
and I realized I want you to know me too
but not to validate my existence
because I am finally starting to realize
I am worthy of knowing.
R D B
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