“Dolores Haze Étude”

The following poem, by D. Kaufman, was published as part of Olaf Nicolai’s Exhibition at Kunsthalle Wien “There Is No Place Before Arrival”. (Booklet as PDF at Kunsthalle Wien).

The first little throb of Lolita went through me late in 1939 or earlyin 1940, in Paris, […] prompted by a newspaper story about an apein the Jardin des Plantes, who, after months of coaxing by a scien-tist, produced the first drawing ever charcoaled by an animal: thissketch showed the bars of the poor creature’s cage. * Vladimir Nabokov, “On a book entitled Lolita,”in: Lolita, 1956.


I was the one who enticed that poor ape
To bring forth those mirrored charcoaled cage bars;

But it is I who requires escape:
Seducing that primate left me these scars.