Still dreaming of flying – Myesha Jenkins releases a new book, Dreams of Flight
Myesha Jenkins sprung back to action with a new title Dreams of Flight, A Collection of Poems. Launched at the Poetry Africa Festival in Durban, Dreams of Flight has cemented Jenkins’ spot as the mature female voice of poetry.
Jenkins took a short break after undergoing an eye operation, and now she is back with a new anthology.
In Dreams of Flight, Myesha Jenkins takes the reader on a journey of sensuality, memory and resilience. This is her second collection of poetry and reflects her keen storytelling ability and hard-hitting, concise writing style. Her language is simple, emotional and descriptive allowing the reader to easily engage with her words. Written over a six year period, this work reflects the growth and insights of a woman who is comfortable with herself but willing to explore and expand into new dimensions.
“You will find yourself in these poems,” says Jenkins, “I did.”
“We are proud to be involved in the birth of this book” said Phehello Mofokeng of Geko Publishing. “Myesha Jenkins is a role model. She is the yardstick of the ideal poet, one we want to be associated with” he concluded.
Dreams of Flight, A Collection of Poems is published by Geko Publishing (2011).
About the author
Activist, writer, immigrant and performer, Myesha Jenkins integrates life experience into concise, witty poetry that provokes and inspires. Visible in the Johannesburg poetry scene for the last ten years, her work is featured in We are (ed. Natalia Molebatsi, Penguin 2009), Isis X (Botsotso Publishing 2005), and Baobab Journal. Her first book was a collection of poems, Breaking the Surface (Timbila 2005).
She co-founded the all-female, Feela Sistah Spoken Word Collective and Jozi House of Poetry monthly sessions. She also contributed to the Arts for Humanity’s Children’s Rights Exhibit, collaborating with the visual artist, Louise Almond. Along with Natalia Molebatsi and Raphael D’Abdon, she is editing South Africa’s first book of erotic poetry. An older, African American woman, Jenkins has lived and worked in Johannesburg since 1993
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