Futurepoem celebrates the publication of G, by Emmalea Russo, with Anna Moschovakis. Corina Copp writes "it is tempting to call G a meditation on perception, but it’s always-already clear-eyed: often, when the figure meets ground, the actual ground is already the figure, and Emmalea Russo understands these illusory but changeable optics (and her chosen medium) as much as her writing has lived and centered them—grounded, yes, by (tenderly) performed intimacy, tide, earth. G, a letter, lest we forget, too falls from geological time; and the poet’s linguistic figuring, seeing, breaking, and tending speak less to the reader than they do water her (during ambrosial hours, so that we do not burn). The work recalls, for me, Carla Harryman, Renee Gladman, Peter Greenaway’s reflective H is for House; but Russo’s responses to how 21st-cen. life interrupts and materializes fenestration (!) act as shelves in multiple Gs—where one might sit as if on a lover’s lap—and so become truly themselves: “Some things drop down into what space is cleared for.”"
Emmalea Russo is an artist and writer. She received an MFA in Sculpture from Pratt Institute and has been in residence at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and 18th Street Arts Center in Los Angeles. G is her first book. Her second book, Wave Archive(Book*hug, 2019), is forthcoming.
Anna Moschovakis is the author most recently of the novel Eleanor, or, The Rejection of the Progress of Love (Coffee House Press, 2018). Her books of poetry include the James Laughlin award-winning You and Three Others Are Approaching a Lake and They and We Will Get Into Trouble for This. Her translations from French include Albert Cossery’s The Jokers, Annie Ernaux’s The Possession, and Bresson on Bresson, and experimental translations of and with the Algerian poet Samira Negrouche. A recipient of grants and fellowships from New York Foundation for the Arts, The Poetry Fund, the Howard Foundation, and apexart, she has taught in the graduate writing programs at Bard, Pratt, and Columbia. She is a longtime member of the publishing collective Ugly Duckling Presse and a co-founder of Bushel, an art and community space in Delhi, NY.