Heller Levinson: “Horse”


the digits cobbling

clubbing the hoof corral


hooves of crepitant

this surge    these leggy prancers    these scrupulous gymnasts throaty upon the earth

most noble animal

sprig nymph                Godiva shareholder

first lute master

choir of mighty gallopers


rearing peals of skyscrape thrall

the trot that establishes then oozes gallop






Man O’ War


Hi Yo Silver

harness is a construction for intimacy

strapless intimacies, …  amassments

Horse is one of the few marveloulsy muscled , airily coursing animals that doesn’t want to eat you.

to cantilever the stirrup a time of reprieval and renewal

saddle up


loosed in the ecumenical corral these nuzzlings:

Xenophon says, in his The Art of Horsemanship:  “And in his frame, the first things which I say you ought to look at are his feet.”

Eohippus[1]  piano-ing the earth, to play upon the earth as if  you were tickling your beating heart beneath it, to spectate that …

the individually segregated congregating to hoof, a clopped ensemble, can support more mass, now percussive, more of a striking instrument,

fingers, … fist/club

support is an instance of mass

piggyback the man

Virilio writes:  “Man is the passenger of woman, not only at the time of his birth, but also during their sexual relations….  Paraphrasing Samuel Butler, we could say that the female is the means that the male found to reproduce himself, that is to say, to come to the world.  In this sense, woman is the first means of transportation for the species, its very first vehicle, the second would be the horse with the enigma of the coupling of dissimilar bodies fitted out for the migration, the common voyage.”

From this, we seek to explore the phenomenology of man’s initial dismount from his primary vehicle, to mounting his secondary.

dismount … dissolution?

is the desire to mount the horse, this more steeply alterior body, an erotic ilmpulse, an impulse to exotic.  What does the exotic offer?  Is each serial vehicle – woman[2], horse, train, automobile, airplane – an additional erotic encounter?

range of motion           explicities

idea hopping – abstraction mounts?


mount(ing), … here

to bring forth               covering

to cover,   on top of …

climb upon, to en-counter       voicings

the over and under    attaching

attach-ments                the cling to

umbilical soundings    to further

to go


in an ensemble (to assemble)

erasing the self in this act of twinning

romance bridles//strapped intimacies

the support bra

support and port

demiurge         the urge to move is the urge to extinguish where you are


wheel, …         rotation,

go round & round, to

& away from      rubbering to jointure   dis-

misses here delivers there

proximity legislator

campaign manager

reeling cartographer

to mount the horse to mount the machine is to breakthrough the borderline, it is to trace oneself out of the isolate self, it is a gesture toward Alterior Organization …

“As a species, horses could not have survived without human intervention.  Humans could not have created wealth-generating (and, for that matter, leisure) opportunities that come with large cities without horses.  As the perceptive 1881 New York Times editorial observed, ‘Deprived of their human servitors, the horses would quickly perish; deprived of their equine servitors, the human population in cities … would soon be in straits of distress.’”[3]

Horse is bridge, is root splurging through sinew, is a sienna siren strophing the curvatures of an outsourcing periphery sonata, is the declamation in foetal bounding, the orchestral lightning spraying through the forelegs of a rearing defiance …

“Among the Scythians, when a leader died, his horses were killed & buried with him.  The expectation was that they would be re-animated to serve the dead man in the after life.”


stallion black heaves from the stable cuckold-winds toss manefuls kicks & furies prows vertical lavades to erring Jezebels – converyors of halters grooms stables whips saddles coachmen riding crops all manner of tack rupture annihilative – the landscape grows cumulous sinewy, voluptuous mares trot from the forest, the black glee grows, pony stallions squeeze from his monumental shoulders, the de-humanization is vast & good, it is sound, pools of union flutter the tribe, there is intercourse & pawings ….


& horse looked unto man & saw that man was puny & would need speed, elevation, & haulers, saw that they could provide man with horsepower (33,000 foot pounds of work per minute) & great diversion & prove a showpiece & companion & understood that man could be good & could care for horse & would mitigate a great many perils that might befall in the wild & horse considered long & mightily & chose man to groom him & feed him & to tutor him in the dance … & man undertook horse & prospered & to this day no other animal summons the monies that horse does ….


[1] Eohippus or Hyracotherium, the earliest believed ancestor of the horse.  “They had four toes on their front feet and three toes on their hind feet.  Each toe ended in a separate small hoof.  Large, tough pads similar to those on a dog’s foot kept the toes off the gorund,  These pads bore the animal’s weight.”  The text is exploring the ancestral telluric sensitivity prior to the padded toe evolving into the more hardened hoof.

[2]   Woman/man is meant to be used interchangeably with no gender pronouncements – other than child-bearing – intended.

[3] Clay McShane and Joel A. Tarr, The Horse In The City:  Living Machines in the Nineteenth Century (Baltimore:  TheJohnHopkinsUniversity Press, 2007), 178.