Four Way Books / Forthcoming March 2019
A memoir-in-poems of early marriage and coming of age in Central Florida.
“I’m totally certain Jessica Jacobs’ book is going to save someone’s life. Probably more than one person but I’m thinking of the one person who, like me when I was first coming out, needed a book like this so much. Like Marilyn Hacker’s, Love, Death, and the Changing of the Seasons and Minnie Bruce Pratt’s, S/He before it, Jacobs’ poetry collection/memoir in verse tells of love and everyday life in a way everyone deserves to hear about but many of us never do. Yes, the world is wider than it was when I was 16 and dying for a book like this but there’s still so much work to do and so many stories that need to be told. This book would have helped me know it doesn’t necessarily “get better” but it sure can get great in unimaginable ways. It would have helped me envision new ways to be alive. An honest, activist, real world dream of a book. A treasure.”
—Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Rocket Fantastic
“From the murky waters of Florida to a rolling blackout in New York City to the windblown fields of the Midwest, Jessica Jacobs refuses to ‘confine our darkness to the dark,’ expertly illuminating the mysterious topographies of love, desire, and longing. Take Me With You, Wherever You’re Going is a collection whose title suggests—and whose pages deliver—an evocative journey. Though, by the time you’re done, you’ll likely want to stay right where you are: in the vision of this gifted poet, in the glow of these stunning poems.”
—Matthew Olzmann, Contradictions in the Design