Dennis Cooper and the Literature of Transgression

via Dennis Cooper and the Literature of Transgression

It is not easy pulling beauty from the mouth of the grotesque or disturbing. I can count the number of writers, musicians and artists who have been able to do it on one hand. Harmony Korine comes to mind especially circa Gummo. Burroughs did this time and again through Naked Lunch and his cut up novels of the mid sixties. Dennis Cooper stands head and shoulders above them all. A kind of post-Burroughs wunderkind his style defies easy categorization. First known as one of the new voices in the New York poetry renaissance of the 70’s and early 80’s he found his greatest notoriety with the five book masterwork The George Miles Cycle.

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