Dreams of Flight, by Myesha Jenkins


Dreams of Flight is the popular Myesha Jenkins’ second collection of poems. In this book, Jenkins comes full circle and she provide some answers to questions that she has been asking in her poetry all along. Perhaps this is Jenkins’ most deep book from Jenkins – and it speaks to some of her deepest emotions – from loss of her mother, her own illness, loosing her eye sight and being destitute. With 32 poems all in all, this book opens Jenkins’ heart to her readers. This book was launched at Poetry Africa 2011.

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Myesha Jenkins integrates life experience into concise, witty poetry that provokes and inspires. Visible in the Johannesburg poetry scene for the last ten years, she launched her second collection, Dreams of Flight at the UKZN’s International Festival in 2011. Her work has been featured in We are (ed. Natalia Molebatsi, Penguin 2009), Isis X (Botsotso Publishing 2005), and Baobab Journal.  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. (http://www.mbokodoawards.co.za)

In Dreams of Flight (Geko publishing October 2011), 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 reveals the growth and insights of a woman who is comfortable with herself but willing to explore and expand into new dimensions. Geko Publishing

“You will find yourself in these poems,” says Jenkins, “I did.”


Myesha Jenkins writes and performs poetry. Her second collection, Dreams of Flight, was launched in 2011 at UKZN’s prestigious, international festival, Poetry Africa, where she also performed. Her first collection, Breaking the surface was published by Timbila in 2005Her work can also be found in We Are (Penguin, 2010) and Isis X (Botsotso, 2006).  Myesha has been interviewed in the print media and on radio for 3 years(including SA FM )and TV.

For the last two years, she has produced Poetry in the Air, to celebrate Women’s Month on SAfm. She also co-hosts the Jozi House of Poetry, a non-competitive, woman-friendly monthly poetry session.

In 2013 , Myesha won the Mbokodo Award for Women in the Arts in the Poetry category

She also runs writing workshops for women and girls, stimulating creativity and imagination.  Myesha is currently co-editing South Africa’s first erotic poetry anthology.  Also, a CD is in the pipeline.

Feminist, immigrant, activist, she generously shares her life, reflections and vision. She has been on stages with Napo Masheane, Lebo Mashile, Ntsiki Mazwai, Natalia Molebatsi, Gabeba Baderoon, Antonio Lyons, Phillippa DeVillers, Vonani Bila, Khosi Xaba and Khethi Ntshangase

She has lived and worked in Johannesburg since 1993 when she relocated from California.


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