Featured Artist: RDB

Updated: Aug 6, 2020

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. 



FRONTIER


I have extraordinarily large walls around my heart


I love openly

and often

without limit

or inhibition


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


mind


which is my


soul


which is my


sex


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

very few

have ever crossed


into a frontier

of surrender

I myself

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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