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FOR EVERYMAN ... BY SOME WOMAN (article first published : 2008-08-18; last edited : 2008-08-21)

Often authors claim that some hugely life-altering occurrence compelled them to write a book. But this was not the case for Renee Burton. For everyman …by Some Woman, her anthology of poetry, presents itself as a somewhat dark offering that allows any reader from any walk of life the opportunity to enter into moments of cathartic cleansing.

Besides using her writing of poetry as a cheaper alternative to a psychiatrist’s couch, Renee has been driven by the fact that we as South Africans should start writing poetry that is more accessible to wider audiences.

She further iterates that all good poetry does not need to be performance-based - and neither does it need to find its roots in American sub-culture.

“As South Africans we have our own stories to tell, our own wounds to heal and our own nation to build. We don’t need to borrow ideologies from other worlds,” she says.

Renee, an only child, was born in Northern KwaZulu-Natal in a small town called Dundee. And she was ridiculed for the better part of her schooling career because of this fact. But coupled with sheer loneliness and a general misinterpretation of reality, she has found solace in writing.

After self-publishing her first anthology, she intends embarking upon a partnership with the South African Education Department in an attempt to educate the potential poets of tomorrow on how to create jobs from a passion, how to give themselves a voice and also how to shed stereotypes that have imprisoned the very souls of our country - all through the writing of poetry.

The fact that Women’s Day was chosen to launch this book addresses the fact that the voice of women in South Africa has taken on a new tone, a tone of further empowerment that allows women to achieve beyond the expectations of yesteryear.

Every generation has a cause, says Renee. The past had apartheid, the present has HIV/Aids and whatever the future holds we will be able to fight it with the power of the word.

For further information, contact Renee on 079 871 5968.

Through her work, Renee Burton is slowly mobilising the troops.




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