A Bony Framework for the Tangible Universe

D. Allen's first book, A Bony Framework for the Tangible Universe (The Operating System, 2019) is a hybrid collection of poems, lyric essays, dictionary erasures, and images that explores themes of illness, gender, queer kinship, and intimacy. Learn more about A Bony Framework for the Tangible Universe by visiting the Book tab on the menu above.

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The Body Connected is the digital home of D. Allen, a poet, educator, and multidisciplinary artist living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. To learn more about D.’s work and their creative services, please take a look around using the menu above, or view the latest news below.


To celebrate the release of A Bony Framework for the Tangible Universe in 2019, I will be traveling within and beyond the Midwest for readings, talks, and other events. I’d love to visit your bookstore, performance venue, school, or back porch—check out my page on booking events for more details.


The Operating System is an incredible organism, and I’m not just saying that because they’re publishing my book. This is a great time to support a vital small press by preordering other books, chapbooks, and hybrid projects from the 2019 catalog, and to peruse all of the amazing books from previous years. A few of my favorites are what the werewolf told them / lo que les dijo el licantropo, The Color She Gave Gravity, and Marilyn.


I now offer a range of creative consulting services! This work gives me life. I would love to support you as you develop new projects, work through large and small artistic questions, and build skills and resources that will deepen your practice. Visit my Creative Consulting Services page for a detailed description of my services and my approach.

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