A poem by D. Kaufman. Part of Olaf Nicolai’s Exhibition “There Is No Place Before Arrival”, at Kunsthalle, Vienna.
"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 scientist, 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," Lolita 1956.
DOLORES HAZE ÉTUDE
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.