This calligraphic card is a rarity among Arenellanisms. Made up of five letters and a hollow tittle over the i, the word "biRdS" is a visual pwoermd. In some way that I cannot express, the look of each of these letters is birdlike. The S is definitely birdshaped: an avian swoop. The bellies on the b and the d suggest the carriage of a pigeon (though not quite a bluejay). The R, with its right leg swooping low and away, is a walking bird. The tittle is maybe an egg. And the b, the p-like R, and the d in a row suggest something of the bobbing of an ambulatory bird. Over the past few weeks, I've been drawn back to this imagetext, but I still cannot quite explain why. I've just tried, but I'm missing something, or much.
The side of the card includes Roy's occasionally-seen Japanese-style signature stamp. Look closely, and you will see that the stamp is not in Japanese characters of any kind. Instead, the stamp spells out "ROY" in Latin letters given a Japanese look.
This card is mailing 419C (a card and the 419th mailing of the year), and it is another maximaphilist adventure. The card concerns blue jays, the pseudo-cancellation includes a rubberstamping of a bluejay, and the card is postage stamped with a 20-cent blue jay and a 3-cent bluebird. Will wonders never cease?
Roy Arenella, "biRdS" (28 Sep 2004)
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