D. Allen is a poet, musician, and artist currently living in Minneapolis, MN, with strong ties to Madison, WI, Durham, NC, and southern Vermont. Using poetic and essayistic forms, D.’s writing explores the body, illness/disability, the natural world, sexuality and gender. Currently, D. is working on Connective Tissue, a collection of poems and lyric essays that uses memory, narrative, and experimental poetic structures to examine the effects of illness on the body. D. has been a writer-in-residence at The Atlantic Center for the Arts (October 2013), the Andrews Forest (March 2014), and Write On, Door County! (January 2015); some of their poems have appeared in Make/shift, Our Lives, and The Helen Burns Poetry Anthology.
Forest Log Work:
…How he submitted—. Loved. Loved his interior world, his interior wilderness, that primal forest inside him, where among decayed treetrunks his heart stood, light-green. "Rilke, “The Third Elegy,” trans. Stephen Mitchell I. Turn away from the white"capped...read more
The tree that falls over the creek leaves a hole, makes a bridge. I wrote these lines two days ago, fixing my gaze up Lookout Creek at an ancient Douglas fir with its root ball on the eastern banks and its crown on the west. Today I’ve traced my way back along...read more
Rocks worn and wood worn by water into smooth stroked bits scatter and gather together in tumble-down banks covered over with moss The creek touches splintered tree and fractured stone with the same hands so I can know one from the other only by its weight in...read more