Raw Talk with Raw the Poet

So this time around I got a chance to talk to a New York native and dope poet. Her birth name is Radhaysa Guzman, but she goes by Raw the Poet. That is exactly what she is bringing to the table a Raw flavor that you can feel in your spirit. Whether she is speaking of break ups, women empowerment, or social injustices the connection she makes between a paper and pen is able to directly connect with your soul. I enjoyed talking to Raw; now I want you to jump into our talk, and hopefully you’re inspired by the end. 

Q: Can you please give use your name, background, business name, and business background. 

A: My given name is Radhaysa Guzman, Brooklyn born and Manhattan raised. I am a proud female, from New York, who has taken to writing as her passionate lover. I am currently working on many business ideas, while earning my business communication degree at the lovely Berkeley College.

Q: What made you choose the name Raw the Poet?

A: Raw the Poet became my alter ego, but in all reality, I saw the alter ego become an expression of my soul. Raw being what I want to manifest and Poet being who I was born to be. I chose this profile name in a mental fog and it stuck. I found it pretty cool since I chose my own name. I want to be criticized, but for, what I know everyone wants to say and feels. I am willing to be completely naked (raw) for the people or public.

Q: In Entry #197 Rare Event who was the beautiful bandit and what feeling was it supposed to evoke?

A: I spoke about my own experience. The experience of a sudden break up where I was proud of leaving. I felt free of displeasure, but angry at the same time, because of the time invested into a relationship myself conscious could not agree with. It was almost as if the universe traveled through me and knocked my head on straight. I hope a female or man feeling undervalued can read Rare Event and feel evoked to walk away from a situation tat cannot serve them. 

Q: In Entry #196 Sun Child you spoke of a woman with sun kissed skin, so beautifully and fluid, what did you want women, especially of color, to take from this?

A: I wanted women of color (tribal women) to realize their skin is a trade mark, a beautiful trade mark. In America it seems as if your skin color defines your status, I wanted women, of color, to know we are the flowers the sun is looking for. Brown to black skin, we are rich in beauty and no historical book written by prejudice people can change my perception on the beauty behind “colored skin”. Taino or African tribes. We are euphoric beauties and should accept the way we walk, talk, dress, and continue to reinvent the beauty quota.
Q: I love Entry #155 Life Comment because it leaves room for the imagination, but what is It? What does it be like to you?

A: I meant to evoke the imagination of my readers. It became a regular statement for me living in New York. When I say “it be like that” it means things cannot be changed. For example cycles and build in society ideas.

Q: When people read your words what is the overall message or feeling you want to convey?

A: I want people to feel moved from their deepest emotional mind, so they can heal. I feel the biggest help to an emotional situation, which is a situation faced by everyone, is knowing you’re not alone with your crazy thoughts or mixed emotions. I want people to get, IT IS OKAY TO FEEL AND QUESTION!!!! PLEASE QUESTION! EVERYTHING THAT COMES INTO MANIFESTATION.

Q: Through your writing your gender is ambiguous, is this intentional?

A: It very much is. I know myself to be ambiguous, even with my taste in fashion. I honestly believe I am a split soul. A combination of two souls who wanted the same exact life experience. Some people will call me crazy and that’s fine as well. (This question made me smile).

Q: How do you see your poetry evolving in time?

A: I see my poetry evolving into books and artistic work.

Q: For your fans, where can they find your work? Do you perform live?
A: My supporters can find my totally free material on Instagram @ rawthepoet were I am constantly dropping poetry and they can give a Facebook like to my Artist page @ https://www.facebook.com/rawthepoet. I am working on an Etsy idea were specific pieces can be bought. I will let your reader know and of course anyone following my poetry will be notified how I will go about special material. It might me very artistic… You guys have caught me early in my communication career.

That was our Raw Talk with Raw the Poet. If you found interest in her work, or want to explore her artistry more connect with her on social media. She is personally and professionally on Facebook. If she has interested you as a person and you want to know more about Radhaysa; you can search her at Radhaysa Guzman. If you are interested in her artistry you can find that at http://www.facebook.com/rawthepoet! Tune back in on Saturday to catch Mr.Roundtree’s interview about real hip hop. Thanks for tuning in, and I’ll leave you guys on a poetic note. 


Love with Condition is Not Unconditional 

I was having a rough time choosing which avenue to post this too, but since it is a relationship issue I’ll go with the social segment. Today’s topic is the way titles effect our relationship and the way we love. If someone is given the title supervisor; employees automatically have a higher level of respect. In this instance, why is respect conditional? If someone is given the title mother; certain demands are needed. In this instance, if they fall short should they be condemned for their entire life? These titles hold the same power in relationships.
I am the girl that can date for a year before I commit. I am also the girl that expects more when a title is given. As Fabolous says it, I prefer a “situationship” because it’s free, unconditional, and fun. So I’m going to tell this story to maybe help people save their own relationships.  
I was the helpless romantic that found love in a hopeless place. Just kidding I was actually indecisive and wasn’t looking. However, through a gaze I found it. It started off small simply flirting, as most people do. Than dates got involved, which were fun. It was as if I found a best friend and love mixed into one. After this sex got involved, and boy was it heightened; a climax I can say I never hit. When you’re just kicking it with a person there is no conditions, which means both parties are still free to do as the wish. The thought of that made me demand a title because me being the egotistical person I am would not allow me to come second to anyone.

At first we had early relationship jitters as everyone does. It feels as if you’re in a blissful world in which only the two of you inhabit. Everyday was fun and every night was passionate. However, as time passed the relationship changed. It went from fun to serious and conditional because we both expected more from the commitment. Why were things different when there was no title? When we went by our names it was acceptable for us both to be ourselves. When you add the title lover that guarantees passion. When we add the titles boyfriend or girlfriend, that guarantees a conformed personality. When you add the title spouse that guarantees a bind of finances and everything else. Something that was once free now requires thought. When the path starts bumpy eventually a road block is going to be hit, and it was.

So I was told, “I’m breaking up with you for us.” In my mind that meant just take my heart and crumble it in your hand, than step on it while you’re at it. However, I’m now realizing that was the best decision ever. We’re not only back to being friends, but we are back to being ourselves. The passion and love is back to being unconditional and free.
I told this story to say, do not let titles get you bent out of shape. Lead with love and not a condition. A soul tie is what bonds people a title just solidifies it for the public. You can put definitions on people. Don’t let titles such as, lover, boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, or wife make you forget the reason you love a person. If someone changes to fit a condition that is the same as losing a person. Save your relationships by not getting so caught up on conditions and titles, but by loving freely. 
I want to end by saying this week’s theme was free love and acceptance. When most people think of free love they think LGBT, but free love can be a issue heterosexual couples have as well. Free love is love without condition no matter who it’s with. Free love is the key to a long life. So everyone please love freely.