Can we celebrate life before we become extinct or obsolete?

photo of book with front cover facing

the evening before

Sensuous, intelligent, energising and dizzyingly fast-paced
– Anne Kellas, author of The White Room Poems

Elegant, lyrical, often erotic and always intriguing
– Amanda Lohrey, multiple-award-winning author of The Labyrinth

Irrepressible vitality
– David Mason, author of Pacific Light

I’ve read some more of your poetry.
Gone from  🧐 🥺 🥲  to  😅 🤗 😃 .

– Marjorie Brotheridge, painter and textile artist


In these poems of love, heartbreak, loss and desire the author reimagines his past to find hints of the beings who could come after us.

He identifies in the commonality of human experience the seeds of a posthuman future. But this book is not prophetic. It’s about ‘the evening before’. Can we read the past as love song, tragedy, or science fiction? What is it to be human? Or to be ‘p0sthuman’?

And what is it to love, and be loved? Is it the quest for the other, the vulnerable human who in the end sees the sum of their life evaporate?

Here are elusive and exhilarating poems about our necessary, vulnerable existence.

Wry, heartbreaking, breezy, ecstatic… Peter Jerrim’s poems bounce off each other, or appear to suddenly merge as their meaning begins to reveal itself.

166 pages
ISBN 978 0 645089 37 0
publisher: Peter Jerrim

back cover of book with blurb and testimonials
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man and woman talk in front of audience in room with sunshine
Danielle Wood and Peter Jerrim
at the launch of p0sthuman, Hobart, Australia 2023