By: Alana Lewis
“I feel what inspires me is the simplest things”
Renata’s challenges in life were a stepping stone to finding herself and realizing her talent for writing poems, she felt as though it was the only way she could have crossed that hurdle so she began writing and reciting them to her friends who enjoyed listening to her poems. she in turn found a way to escape her trials and be a voice for the voiceless.
“I think was when I was going through some stuff I just decided to write them down because it felt like there’s nothing else I could do and I started telling it to my friends in class but the way I told it was rhythmical it was something that they enjoyed and that is when I figured out that I can start writing not only about issues that bother me but things that bother other people,” she explained.
When asked what is a measure of success as a poet Ms. Burnette said: “I guess that would be whereby I don’t have to introduce myself. Because what I realized is everywhere I go people seem to know who I am and it is weird that people stop me in the middle of the streets or the buses just to ask me are the person that does the poetry. So I feel when I reach the point whereby I no longer need to introduce myself as I am Renata who happens to be a poet that would probably be it for me.”
As a poet, she feels somewhat humble that she can touch lives. Since her writing comes naturally and helps her to connect with people from all age groups and different walks of life.
“I guess I feel humble it’s not something that I brag or boast about its that my writing comes naturally so I just have this sense of humbleness I think I am honored to be that individual to connect with persons younger than me same, as the same age as me and persons who are older than me so all in all its humbling,” She said.
Renata too feels discouraged, but her encouragement comes from poets like herself Ebony Stewart because she is a black woman which Renata feels doesn’t make her racist, they share the same writing styles, and she as a flawless delivery that sucks her audience in and aside from Ebony There’s Hi May Suru straight up write up who she knows personally and admires his style of delivery, which often seems as a rap.
Renata said that these poets encourage her to keep writing because she feels as a writer you not only have writers’ blogs but you have this sense where you’re not inspired to do anything so they encourage her to write more because she discovered that her writing is not only for her but it’s for everyone else.
As a poet, she encourages aspiring poets to keep writing! and get out, have others listen to their pieces so it can help them to know where their writing is going because there was a time in her life when she felt as though her writing wasn’t good enough and she was too nervous to showcase her poems.
“To write! a lot of people write but their ghost writers as I call them, there persons who write but don’t think there good enough so they send their pieces to people like me, there like how do you think this sound, how do you think this is, do you think I am good, do you think I sound good, how was my delivery so it’s like they’re afraid of not really rejection but they’re afraid of persons opinions on their pieces so it would be to write and to get out there most persons are scared for reasons I am not really sure but some persons have bad anxiety and stuff but I would encourage persons to just write because if writing is what helps you get through whatever it is that you are going through it’s something you need to prolong I will also encourage them to let family members or to let your friends or let somebody close to you listen to your pieces let them give you feedback on it and as they give you feedback you know where your writing is going or you can ask different persons to get different opinions and from there that’s where u move on because that is what happened with me,” Renata explained.
She even spoke about times when her pieces were misinterpreted by her audience and caused her to feel somewhat discouraged but her love for poetry keeps that fire burning.
“There are countless times where persons had misinterpreted my messages in my pieces “Dear Mr. President” is a perfect example I think to date that thing as had 83,000 views and What I noticed is people were making it a rascal thing persons were saying all these things oh well u voted for him so why would you now talk about him like that.
But I feel the entire thing is I needed persons to see that this is what is going on and regardless of who is the current administration this is what is going on as a country so while everybody is looking at them as one body I am looking at it from a general perspective and that was where my message was miss interpreted.
So do I feel like someday I don’t want to do writing anymore I do a lot for reasons I don’t know but I’ve become this individual who can’t control my thoughts so if I am sitting down and something is bothering me it starts in my head and then it becomes a piece and that is something I can’t control so even when I don’t feel like writing my soul said different,” she explained.
According to the third-year student, completing University has been a mental strain since she was forced to take several leave of absences from the time she started in 2016 due to financial difficulties.
“Being unable to pay my fees which as set me back by a few semesters and currently my registration is a complete mess but I am aware it’s a degree that gets me through the door and into conversations that I need to pursue my long life goals of being a physical and healthy human being at peace, I have been depressed about not being able to complete my Bachelors in Public Communication Studies if things have gone the way it should have I would have graduated with the last badge.”
The poet further added that with the pandemic, she is still trying to figure out how she will fulfill her purpose but she is not giving up.