Danielle Vogel is a poet, lyric essayist, and interdisciplinary artist working at the intersections of queer ecology, somatics, and ceremony.
Her hybrid poetry collections include A Library of Light (forthcoming Wesleyan 2024), The Way a Line Hallucinates Its Own Linearity (Red Hen 2020), Edges & Fray (Wesleyan 2020), and Between Grammars (Noemi 2015).
Her work also appears in anthologies including, The Book: 101 Definitions, edited by Amaranth Borsuk (Anteism 2021), A Forest on Many Stems (Nightboat 2021), edited by Laynie Brown, and Counter-Desecration: A Glossary for Writing Within the Anthropocene (Wesleyan 2018), edited by Linda Russo and Marthe Reed.
Danielle Vogel writes toward a more organic grammar. Always asking how can a book, as an extended ceremonial field of a body, serve as a site of radical transformation? How can the poem, the fragment, the lyric essay, and even the silences between sounds serve as non-linear conduits for transmuting the body and its consciousness?
For well over a decade, she has devoted her practice to infusing English language grammars with what she thinks of as the “organic grammars” of elements, plant and mineral beings, ecosystems, and bioregions. What can human languages learn from—or remember through—the organic, polyphonous intelligence and the innately reparative or regenerative logics of specific water bodies, clay and ochre deposits, plant beings, environmental entanglements, fields of light, or currents of air? What becomes possible when we (re)introduce these logics into the body by way of the poem? These questions have been her compass.
Her embodied, ceremonial research practice is bolstered by trainings and studies of land and sea restoration, plant medicine and communication, the science of biophotonics, epigenetic theory, somatic therapies and animal architectures, and also encompasses aspects of her art-making, such as collaborating with wild clay, plants, waters, and pigments. All guided by a commitment to interspecies and ancestral healing, bioregional literacy (learning from the languages of elements and ecosystems), reintegrating a reader within their inner and outer environments, and allowing this ongoing and developing practice to directly inform and reshape her poetics across projects, devotions, and books.
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Vogel is at work on the final edits of her forthcoming lyric memoir, A Library of Light, which attempts to translate—and reorganize toward healing—epigenetic memory or the hidden and intelligent field of light that lives at the microscopic levels of her nervous system and DNA. She brings this investigation to the page through a blending of incantation, lyric, documentary, and elegiac forms.
Her current books-in-process seek to weave experimental prose forms with environmental literacy, reparative plans for poem-gardens, site-responsive poems and ceremonial scores, and oracular communications with place. They are tentatively titled Sea Margin, The Frequency of Flowers, and Water Oracle.
She is also composing a book for her students titled, Ceremonial Poetics -- a collection of letters and writing ceremonies for cultivating a sustaining writing practice and on poetry as a modality for healing.
Because "a body loosens itself across an alphabet," because "an absent word unsettl[es] the collarbone’s concavity," because "the vowels layering, breathe," Danielle Vogel’s ravishing and profound work resides in one as a thrilling visceral experience. Never has a reading encounter felt so fully embodied—the vibration and motions and shapes of language inside, transforming the day, long after the book is closed.