By Ricky Garni
The Barnums had one magnificent lion, both Barnums, a clown, and a watermark (of a lion.) Terry Gilliam had a man animal covered in a hood climbing a ladder with an apple on his bindle and an arrow in his buttocks. Anais Nin had a man’s head like a globe covered in grapes and arrows pointing in opposite directions. Henry Miller broke up his name into small bits and had a drawing of a woman’s hairy back with her hands held behind her. Bob Kane had Robin, who was smiling, Batman, who was smiling, and the Joker, who was smiling. Marcel Marceau had a man sketched with wings, an apple, a flower, and clouds, and a hot air balloon. Leadbelly had photographs of himself playing the twelve string guitar and gun tap dancing in tails. Hunter S. Thompson had an owl with fluffy feathers and wings and antennae and a carrot penis and it read: “Owl Farm.” Gandhi had a simple cream page with the location, Johannesburg, and the words: “Gandhi: Telegram” at the top right corner, with “M.K. Gandhi, Lawyer” at the top left corner. Harpo Marx had a photograph of himself with black curly hair playing the harp with a quotation from George Bernard Shaw: “I was much embarrassed by Mr. Marx.” Georgia O’Keefe had a sketch of roosters in an adobe village with a mountain behind them and the words: “Los Gallos, New Mexico” written and drawn in black, blue, and rust colored ink. Richard Simmons held a collection of colorful balloons that reached high to the top right corner of the page. Marilyn Monroe’s letterhead was the simplest of them all: her name, in white, on white.
Ricky Garni is a writer and graphic designer living in North Carolina. His work is widely available on the web, and he has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize on five occasions. His books include My Favorite Fifteen Presidents, Maybe Wavy, 2% Butterscotch and Shadow Box Chocolate Cake. His latest collection, Hey, is dedicated to the memory of Faye Hunter.