A Bony Framework for the Tangible Universe is a hybrid collection of lyric essays, poems, dictionary erasures, and images that emerged out of the poet’s diagnosis, in their mid-twenties, with a connective tissue disorder. Slipping in and out of intimate interiors, open fields, city sidewalks, flowering gardens, construction sites, doctor’s offices, and fluctuating shorelines, the speaker gathers answers to the question: What holds us together when the body falls apart? Imperfect solutions arrive in the form of queer intimacy and kinship, long-term relationships with landscapes, collections of strange and familiar objects, and language itself. A Bony Framework for the Tangible Universe is constantly breaking and and putting itself together in a messy cycle of adaptation and resistance.
Excerpts and previous versions of A Bony Framework for the Tangible Universe have been published at District Lit, Rogue Agent, Connotation Press, Black Warrior Review, Lockjaw Magazine, and QDA: A Queer Disability Anthology. The book is available directly through The Operating System’s website, and can be ordered through your local bookseller or requested at your local library.