Poster by Peter Behrens, Minneapolis College of Art and Design Library, https://www.flickr.com/photos/69184488@N06/10333475265/in/album-72157636362161535/
Source: “America’s Cup Races, 10-3-01, Columbia and Shamrock II before the start.” Detroit Publishing Company Collection, Library of Congress, http://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/det/item/det1994002284/PP/. Photoshopped.
Reflected from horsehide, light glows in a specific horsehide way. Wanting to believe that having seen the glow has conveyed it to me, I may try to prove my possession by making a bequest. I may try to write a poem about the light, for instance, as Rilke did in his horse poem dedicated to Tolstoy, Sonette an Orpheus I.20.
As if I could declare my desire to live on in the language of horselight. Of course I can’t. In this document the mortal words and their desperate good-luck symbol constitute one vocabulary and the horses in undying light constitute another. For the language of testament no translation is available.
Source: The Official State Atlas of Kansas Compiled from Government Surveys, County Records and Personal Investigations. Philadelphia: L.H. Everts & Co., 1887. http://www.davidrumsey.com/luna/servlet/detail/RUMSEY~8~1~23597~830077:A-group-of-stallions-and-mares,-Lin. Photoshopped.