brb: be right back


Maree Dawes

‘A blend of lyric, narrative poetry, and cyber-discourse.’ Barbara Temperton

SW Smalls Series


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Can online sex life becomes more technicoloured than the real thing?

Told in first person, this verse novel uses the language and shape of online chat, email, fragments and stream of consciousness to take the reader headfirst into the world of online life in the nineties. brb: be right back relives the beginnings of social networking with the humour, excitement and dilemmas it can pose.

 ‘Dawes deftly parses the sad sass, seductive disassociaton and weightless absurdity of cybersex and an online affair with biting fidelity.’ Alvin Pang

‘Maree Dawes is a new and refreshing voice in Australian poetry. brb: be right back –an exciting addition to the verse novel genre – is a blend of lyric, narrative poetry, and cyber-discourse.’ Barbara Temperton

MAREE DAWES is an West Australian poet, published nationally and internationally. Maree’s first collection Women of the Minotaur explored the lives of mistresses in Picasso’s life. It was featured on Poetica in May 2009 and dramatised for the PIAF writers festival 2010. Her short story ‘I am so sweet and truthful’ was adapted into a short film. Maree has collaborated with artists, dancers and embroiderers.

Published as part of the Spineless Wonders 10th anniversary SW Smalls Series.

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Publication Date:

1 October 2021


H 152 mm x W102 mm