This selection comes from D. Allen’s book, a bony framework for the tangible universe available from The Body Connected. Purchase your copy here! Our curator for this selection is Jessica Rae Bergamino.
D. Allen (thebodyconnected.com) is a poet, educator, and multidisciplinary artist living in Minneapolis, MN.
Using poetic and essayistic forms and a range of other artistic media, D.’s work explores the body, illness, disability, intimacy, the natural world, and queer and nonbinary identity. This 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.
Photo Credit: © Giorgia Fanelli for the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, 2015
Jessica Rae Bergamino is the author of UNMANNED, winner of Noemi Press’ 2017 Poetry Prize, as well the chapbooks The Desiring Object or Voyager Two Explains to the Gathering of Stars How She Came to Glow Among Them (Sundress Publications, 2016), The Mermaid, Singing (dancing girl press, 2015), and Blue in All Things: a Ghost Story (dancing girl press, 2015). Individual poems have recently appeared in Third Coast and Black Warrior Review. She is currently a doctoral candidate in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Utah, where she is the Senior Book Reviews Editor for Quarterly West.