When I started writing
I was a sick teenaged
fuck inside who partly
thought I was the new
Marquis de Sade, a body
ready to communicate
with Satan who was us-
ing my illness as his
home away from home,
and there’s your proof.

Dennis Cooper is the author of nine novels, most recently The Marbled Swarm (Harper Perennial, 2011). A new book of his poetry, The Weaklings (XL), will be published by Sententia Press in 2013. He currently lives in Paris, and he blogs here.