Poems by Jennifer Rees

of dead men and elephants
tags: elephants; death; marguerite poland; shades

down down
in the deepest of

lies a figure
poland’s crispin
could see
in ground-clouds

a leather elephant
that takes leave
of its descendants

and leathery men
whose quiet goodbyes
signal passing

the body
o                                                                            t
shoulder first                                s
then elbow                   u
into the        d

levering legs

and furl
into the dust-burrow

of dead men
and elephants


in all (fair)ness
tags: africa; lady justice; poetry; decay; resilience

Lady justice

where fumy paint adorns
freshly acknowledged shells
trending on twitter
loving the glitter
(until the next big thing)

but lady justice is

for more rape
more village-pillage
of already-ruins

or to age gracefully
on slow-to-die walls

to be loved in lenses

to say:
here lies lady justice
amongst wire
stones and

to be looked upon
(like danté retching out words)

on his blindness
in her blindness
in all (fair)ness

(struck by this lady-on-a-wall in the heart of cape town and decided to get lost so we’d have to drive down the same road again.)


trop de bruit
tags: too much noise; the world is too much with us; French


(don’t ask. i don’t know.)

i can never
quite fathom
why the french
must say

“too much of noise”

as if the voluminous echoes
from radio and street
are a cake

to halve
slice up to share

as if ambulance
and bonking

were hallowed slices
of black-forest gateau

of sponge
of chocolate
and sugary snow

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Myesha Jenkins – Tribute

Botsotso would like to pay homage to Myesha Jenkins, the poet and promoter of poetry who died on Saturday, 05 September 2020. Myesha was a founder member of Feelah Sistah, the all-woman poetry group that in its time made such an impact. Thereafter, she was indefatigable in organising and strengthening poetry platforms on radio and for live performance/readings. Myesha’s work was included in two Botsotso productions – the anthology Isis X and the recording Roots and Branches. Her spirit as a politically conscious, jazz-loving artist lives on and is well expressed in her seminal poem Autobiography which was included in both these projects.

Click here to read Autobiography, a poem by Myesha Jenkins.

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