To Breathe Into Another Voice: A South African Anthology of Jazz Poetry brings together the work of 45 South African poets reflecting on the experience of jazz in their lives.  In five sections, the book reveals some of the many impacts that this music has had:  The Power of Music, This Thing Called Jazz, They Make the Music, Some of Them Were Special and All About Living.

A first of its kind in the nation, this anthology features new writers as well as experienced poets, speaks equally in female and male voices, represents all of South Africa’s racial groups, with views from college students to pensioners, from Gauteng and Durban to Grahamstown and Cape Town. 

There is something for everyone here.

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.”


In the Breaking the Surface anthology Myesha Jenkins shares her life experience with an unusual openness and emotional honesty. Her concise writing style is humorous, revealing and challenging. She speaks with the voice of a woman who has lived a full life.

Myesha's poetry has appeared in journals and magazines that include, Timbila, Botsotso, Kotaz, Tribute and True Love. She is also featured in Insight: Six South African Poets. She has also performed her poetry on radio and TV in South Africa. A founding member of the Feela Sistah! Spoken Word Collective, she has performed to great acclaim at amongst others; the Grahamstown National Arts Festival, Mangaung Cultural Festival (Macufe) and Durban's Poetry Africa 2004 hosted by the University of KwaZulu-Natal.