Novelist, poet, critic, editor, blogger, performance artist.
astrology chart, profile, links
Virgo Ascendant, Capricorn Sun, Scorpio Moon, Scorpio-Neptune T-Square
Born: Clifford Dennis Cooper, Jnr; 10 January 1953, Pasadena, California, USA (34n09, 118w09). RR: AA. (Sy Scholfield quotes full name, date, year, place (& time of birth for chart) from birth certificate in hand, which also states he was "Born in auto in Parking lot of Hunt. Mem,Hosp 100 Congress St."
FEATURES: PERSONALIZED PLANETS:
Scorpio NEPTUNE (semi-sextile Moon; square Sun), Cancer URANUS (trine Moon; opposite Sun), Leo PLUTO (square & dispositing Scorpio Moon; quincunx Sun).
PATTERNS: CARDINAL T-SQUARE (Chiron-Sun opposite Uranus, all square Neptune).
MUTUAL RECEPTION: NEPTUNE in LIBRA and VENUS in PISCES.
SHAPE: SPLAY. CHINESE SIGN: WATER DRAGON. NUMEROLOGY: "11" LIFEPATH.
Cooper grew up the son of a wealthy businessman in Arcadia, California. His first forays into literature came early, focusing on imitations of Rimbaud, Verlaine, de Sade, and Baudelaire. As he began his teenage years, he wrote poetry and stories on scandalous and often extreme subjects. At the age of fifteen, he began to plan an ambitious novel cycle. This project, which took Cooper nearly twenty years to realize, would later become known as The George Miles Cycle. Cooper was an outsider and the leader of a group of poets, punks, stoners, and writers. After high school he attended Pasadena City College and, later, Pitzer College, where he had a poetry teacher who was to inspire him to pursue his writing outside of institutions of higher learning.
In 1976 Cooper went to England to become involved in the nascent punk scene. In the same year he began Little Caesar Magazine which included among other things an issue on and dedicated to Rimbaud. In 1978 with the success of the magazine, Cooper was able to found Little Caesar Press which featured the work of, among others, Brad Gooch, Amy Gerstler, Elaine Equi, Tim Dlugos, Joe Brainard, and Eileen Myles.... [read more].
Dennis Cooper Papers
Interview by Kim Nicolini
Interview by Alexander Laurence
Interview by Larry-bob
Interview by Stephen Lucas