Double Book Launch: Kyra Simone Presents Palace of Rubble, Emmalea Russo presents Confetti, both in conversation with Daniel Poppick

September 28th

McNally Jackson Seaport
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PALACE OF RUBBLE is a collection of one-page stories composed primarily of single words culled each day from the New York Times, among other news sources. Written under constraint in the tradition of Oulipo and initially inspired by a photograph of one of Saddam Hussein’s demolished palaces on the cover of a discarded newspaper, this is a book of texts invoked by a historical moment spanning the eras of Bush, Obama, Trump, and into the present day. Offering surreal glimpses of what might be identified as echoes of a post-Republic America, an imagined Middle East, and some other unnamed and unreachable world, it chronicles a vivid landscape of crumbling towers and heart-broken animals, eclipses, comets, and lovers in abandoned rooms, still searching for beauty amidst the ruins of the catastrophe bequeathed to them.

Accompanying the texts are a selection of photographs by John Divola, featuring images of derelict buildings along the California coast from Divola’s photo series “Vandalism.”


By turns cinematic, cosmic, alchemical, and geometric, CONFETTI uses language to alter the boundaries between film and daily life. Against a backdrop of screens, personal relationships extend into a play of light to create a meditation on disposability and permanence. Confetti soaks up dirt, shimmers, and gets thrown up into the air, landing on the ground in strange piles.



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Kyra Simone is a Tunisian-American writer from Los Angeles. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in a variety of literary journals, including Conjunctions, The Baffler, BOMB, The Anthology of Best American Experimental Writing, and elsewhere. She lives in Brooklyn and is a member of the publishing collective Ugly Duckling Presse.




Emmalea Russo's poems and writings on film and visual art have appeared in many venues, including Artforum, BOMB, and Granta. She is the author of G (Futurepoem, 2018), Wave Archive (Book*hug, 2019), and Confetti (Hyperidean, 2022).  



Daniel Poppick is the author of two poetry collections, Fear of Description (Penguin, 2019), a winner of the National Poetry Series, and The Police (Omnidawn, 2017).





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