“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 early
in 1940, in Paris, [...] prompted by a newspaper story about an ape
in the Jardin des Plantes, who, after months of coaxing by a scien-
tist, produced the first drawing ever charcoaled by an animal: this
sketch 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.