The Shape of a Man

by Dimakatso Sedite


I reach out to hug you 

All I feel is wire

I kiss the breeze of your 

sighs instead.

How do you breathe

surrounded by hardness?

Or is this the shape of a man?

A statue surrounded by 

moths under a lamppost?

I’m a butterfly

I flutter in

in warmth

in colour.

The breeze of your sighs

the beat between your thighs –

the only warmth I ever felt.

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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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