'Inspired by various writers' literary interest in blood as metaphor, I wanted to write a poetry series using my own blood as ink. As I was having my blood taken, the nurse asked me if I had ever given blood before. As a gay man, I am of course unable to give blood and the question (and answer) motivated me to add a political perspective to my work. If I couldn't donate my blood to save lives, I would use it to write poetry that would contribute to change that restriction. As Nietzsche once wrote: "Write with blood, and you will experience that blood is spirit [...] Whoever writes in blood and aphorisms does not want to be read, but to be learned by heart.."'