Bourgeois's entire text for this series appears on the compositions cited below.
What is the shape of this problem?
No. 1 of 9
The telephone call from the slammer
No. 2 of 9
The small hours
No. 3 of 9
Repairs in the sky
No. 4 of 9
I pick on everyone, dead or alive
No. 5 of 9
Has the day invaded the night, or has the night invaded the day?
No. 6 of 9
The papillon, the ray of hope.
No. 7 of 9
The hour is devoted to revenge
No. 8 of 9
To unravel a torment you must begin somewhere
No. 9 of 9
Art is a guaranty of sanity
Publication excerpt from Louise Bourgeois, What Is the Shape of This Problem?, New York: Galerie Lelong, 1999.