The Mare and Her Ninefold

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William Steinmayer

My first work on black paper (thanks, Kristen!). After Robert Graves' description in 'The White Goddess': 'If the visitant is the Nightmare, the poet will recognize her by the following signs. She will appear as a small, mettlesome mare, not more than thirteen hands high, of the breed familiar from the Elgin marbles: cream-coloured, clean-limbed, with a long head, bluish eye, flowing mane and tail. Her nine-fold will be nine fillies closely resembling her, except that their hooves are of ordinary shape, whereas hers are divided into five toes like those of Julius Caesar's charger. Around her neck hangs a shining poitrel of the sort known to archaeologists as *lunula*, or little moon: a thin disc of Wicklow gold cut in crescent shape with the horns expanded and turned on edge, fastened together behind her arching neck with a braid of scarlet and white linen...'

Published More than a year ago

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