In Solitude
that dull weed
engulfs my garden.

Why Women cannot keep it up with Art
Women are not
by their very nature
meant to suffer criticism.
This makes them so
that they cannot
keep it up.

Good Taste
Don’t treat me like a child
you shrew
just because I’m short and fat
and dyed blond
by nature.
I’m (subtly)
fooling you.

Names of Things
I name these empty spaces
because of you.
I give them your name
without asking you.

At Night
the night away
the speed of light.

Don’t negotiate
with me
it’s like the man said:
‘Prisoners can’t make
any appointments’.

Notes was originally published in Dutch as Notities, Fodor, vol.4, no.4 (July/August 1985), p.38-39; and is included in Marlene Dumas, Sweet Nothings. Notes and Texts, first edition Galerie Paul Andriesse and De Balie Publishers Amsterdam, 1998; and second edition (revised and expanded) Koenig Books London, 2014.