A Bony Framework for the Tangible Universe


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About the Author

D. Allen is a queer poet and multidisciplinary artist whose work often examines gender, intimacy, disability/illness, and the natural world. Their work takes many forms: word architectures, painted surfaces, light drawings, textured sounds, soft spaces, slow dinners, sustained listening, tender assemblages, quiet gardening, deep breaths. They value each of these endeavors equally. D. earned an MFA from The University of Minnesota, and has received a VSA Minnesota Emerging Artist Grant, a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant, a Minnesota Emerging Writers' Grant from The Loft Literary Center, and a Michael Dennis Browne Fellowship. They have been an artist in residence at Mallard Island, The Lighthouse Works, Write on Door County, the H.J. Andrews Experimental Research Forest, and The Atlantic Center for the Arts, and their work has been published in Rogue Agent, District Lit, Black Warrior Review, QDA: A Queer Disability Anthology, and elsewhere. A Bony Framework for the Tangible Universe is D.'s first book.


"What occasions assembling a new body? Is language even sufficient for this task or does it always demonstrate its own body-forming shortcomings? So much literature from marginalized spaces has contended with these question. In A Bony Framework for the Tangible Universe, poet and multimedia artist D. Allen finds their voice among erasures from dictionary definitions, lyrical polyphony, the urgency of second person, and the tug-of-wars between rural and urban spaces for people with disabilities to ritualize gestures of survival in sites arrowed with pain, destruction, surveillance, and control. Allen offers us their own visual productions--with echoes of Joseph Cornell's boxes--and assembles centos on the page to find the "knife" in all of us and to ask what it's there to do. "To inhabit a body with secrets welded inside every cell is to live in a place without learning its landscape," they write, evoking how living with disability can be a constant process of (re)orientation, (re)acquaintanceship, and (re)fermentation. What does the disabled body want today that it couldn't foresee wanting last week? Is the disabled body the impetus for a new metaphysical world? As Allen has sewn this collection, I too have lived with these poems. I've watched them become what you, necessary reader, hold before you. I hope they offer you the same resoluteness they've offered me." --Roy G. Guzmán, poet and author of Restored Mural for Orlando

"A Bony Framework for the Tangible Universe is one of the most necessary books I've ever encountered. The speaker's experience of disability--burning, light, love, and everything else--covers the body like a new skin. The breathtaking visual elements scaffolding the work are its bones, and with each new line we are reminded: 'Bless these sensations more tenacious than pain.'" --Nicole Oquendo, multimodal writer and visual artist