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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.' (Publication summary)

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Caitlin Wilson Reviews Rebecca Jessen’s Ask Me About the Future Caitlin Wilson , 2021 single work review
— Appears in: Cordite Poetry Review , no. 100 2021;

— Review of Ask Me About the Future Rebecca Jessen , 2020 selected work poetry

'Is the future something to fear, or is it our saviour from the present? We have no idea what’s coming; we hope it’s something better, but suspect it’s only getting worse. In 2020, it is hard to be optimistic without caveats; you’re not alone in thinking of what lurks around the corner, or off in the distance, brings about a spike of anxiety. Is there still space for seeing what’s to come as a haven? Rebecca Jessen’s second literary publication but first poetry collection, Ask Me About the Future, though written in the Before Times (pre-pandemic), is a timely call to face our fears, to wade into the unknown with Jessen as our intrepid guide.' (Introduction)

Ask Me About The Future By Rebecca Jessen Alison Clifton , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: StylusLit , September no. 8 2020;

— Review of Ask Me About the Future Rebecca Jessen , 2020 selected work poetry

'Rebecca Jessen’s debut collection of poetry, Ask Me About the Future, shows this important poet developing an assured voice six years on from the publication of her award-winning verse novel, Gap (2014). Jessen’s is a vital voice in the queersphere. This collection explores the experience of a young gay woman in poignant detail, and there is also a sequence of poems on the birth of her sister’s child which is different in feel: sparser and somehow more organic.' (Introduction)

September in Poetry Shastra Deo , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: Overland [Online] , September 2020;

— Review of Ask Me About the Future Rebecca Jessen , 2020 selected work poetry ; Blur by The Zhi Yi Cham , 2019 selected work poetry ; Case Notes David Stavanger , 2020 selected work poetry ; Late Murrumbidgee Poems John Muk Muk Burke , 2020 selected work poetry
September in Poetry Shastra Deo , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: Overland [Online] , September 2020;

— Review of Ask Me About the Future Rebecca Jessen , 2020 selected work poetry ; Blur by The Zhi Yi Cham , 2019 selected work poetry ; Case Notes David Stavanger , 2020 selected work poetry ; Late Murrumbidgee Poems John Muk Muk Burke , 2020 selected work poetry
Ask Me About The Future By Rebecca Jessen Alison Clifton , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: StylusLit , September no. 8 2020;

— Review of Ask Me About the Future Rebecca Jessen , 2020 selected work poetry

'Rebecca Jessen’s debut collection of poetry, Ask Me About the Future, shows this important poet developing an assured voice six years on from the publication of her award-winning verse novel, Gap (2014). Jessen’s is a vital voice in the queersphere. This collection explores the experience of a young gay woman in poignant detail, and there is also a sequence of poems on the birth of her sister’s child which is different in feel: sparser and somehow more organic.' (Introduction)

Caitlin Wilson Reviews Rebecca Jessen’s Ask Me About the Future Caitlin Wilson , 2021 single work review
— Appears in: Cordite Poetry Review , no. 100 2021;

— Review of Ask Me About the Future Rebecca Jessen , 2020 selected work poetry

'Is the future something to fear, or is it our saviour from the present? We have no idea what’s coming; we hope it’s something better, but suspect it’s only getting worse. In 2020, it is hard to be optimistic without caveats; you’re not alone in thinking of what lurks around the corner, or off in the distance, brings about a spike of anxiety. Is there still space for seeing what’s to come as a haven? Rebecca Jessen’s second literary publication but first poetry collection, Ask Me About the Future, though written in the Before Times (pre-pandemic), is a timely call to face our fears, to wade into the unknown with Jessen as our intrepid guide.' (Introduction)

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