Start making it up

by Kelvin Smith

If it’s text, it’s words, put in order, in short and longer groupings. There’s always a structural mesh to the mishmash, if it’s text. In the beginning it’s not the word, but shape, symbol and letter that come together to kick off alphabets that jostle and bunch into discourse. Letters – clean or accented, with singular or diphthongal strengths – glue and glisten with soundings and consequences, strike postures in clause and sentence, build blocks of meaning and moment.