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Ask Me About the Future

An outstanding collection of fresh, zesty poems about identity, sexuality, self-perception and relationships, with a futuristic narrative pulse.

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Full of zest and flair, Jessen's poems map constellations of desire, loss and longing. Riffing on the future (which isn't what it used to be), dating apps, despair, Bonnie Tyler, Taylor Swift and the lesbian Bachelorette, they are set in interstellar queer utopias, maternity wards and single beds.These are poems of sly surprises, radical vulnerability, dark-edged humour and vast originality. Following Jessen's award-winning verse novel, Gap,this collection confirms Jessen as one of the most engaging and talented writers of her generation.

Rebecca Jessen, author of Gap, and Ask Me About the Future

Rebecca Jessen

Rebecca Jessen is the award-winning author of the verse novel Gap (UQP, 2014). She is the recipient of the Queensland Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Award, the Queensland Literary Award for Best Emerging Author, the State Library of Queensland Young Writers Award, and an AMP Tomorrow Maker grant. She has also been shortlisted for the Arts Queensland Val Vallis Award and the Sisters in Crime Davitt Award for Best Debut Book. In 2021, her poetry collection, Ask Me About the Future, was shortlisted for the Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry in the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards.

Her writing has been published widely, including in Overland, Meanjin, Rabbit Poetry Journal, AustralianPoetryJournal, GoingDownSwinging, The Lifted Brow, Cordite Poetry Review, Verity La and Voiceworks. Rebecca grew up in Western Sydney and now lives in Brisbane.