The very center of the work that I do lies here,
in the heart of the letterform.
There can be just that one touch,
that relates to the person.
The letter, big or small, translates to content.
c1460 G. ASHBY Policy Prince 648 Poems (E.E.T.S.) 33 Yf god sende you children..Do theim to be lettred right famously.
2. To exhibit or set forth by means of letters; also, to distinguish by means of letters.
There can be letters that, as they stand, say something. Cindy @ TED
1668 WILKINS Real Char. IV. iv. 440 It would be convenient, that every one of these Instances should be Philosophically Lettered. 1869
TYNDALL Notes Lect. Light 46 Fraunhofer..lettered them and made accurate maps of them.
When I write, I draw into the idea of it.
1877 FARRAR In Days of Youth i. 3 He [God] letters it [his name] in fire amid the stars of heaven.
From beginning, to end.
3. To affix a name or title in letters upon (a book, a shop, etc.); to inscribe (a name) in letters. Also, to inscribe with (something).
That sequence of letters,
simply arrayed, says something.
Without image, identity conveyed.
1712 ADDISON Spect. No. 463 7, I observed one particular Weight lettered on both sides.
Message split, hidden.
1714 Lond. Gaz. No. 5225/3 The binding each Book will be..4s. Letter’d on the Back.
Kissed, back. Simple.
1755 JOHNSON Let. to Warton 20 Mar. in Boswell,
I hope to see my Dictionary
bound and lettered next week.
Letter, x in letter. Bad. The end, we all go.
1844 E. WARBURTON Crescent & Cross (1845) II. 420 The greater number of the shops are lettered in the same tongue [Italian].
The Italian spell,
whether renaissance or roman,
lingers. Drawn that.
Been there. LIVE THERE.
THERE ARE TRANSECTIONS, MOVING HORIZONTALLY, CROSSING MEANING IN CONTEXT
1876 GEO. ELIOT Dan. Der. IV. xxxiii,
There might be a hundred Ezra Cohens lettered above shop-windows.
THAT JACKET, SIMPLE.
1877 Act 40 & 41 Vict. c. 60 §3
Every canal boat..shall be lettered,
marked, and numbered
in some conspicuous manner.
P O E T R Y :
4. intr. In occasional uses.
a. To carry letters. MOVING FROM
ONE PLANE TO ANOTHER.
b. To write letters. ONE & TWO:
c1645, 1681, 1813 [see LETTERING].
1840 DICKENS Barn. Rudge xxiv,
Our people go backwards and forwards..lettering, and messaging.
1861 BP. WILBERFORCE Diary 22 Feb. in Life (1882) III. i. 15 Did not go out at night, but lettered.
intr. N. Amer. To be awarded a varsity letter acknowledging achievement in a sport. Cf. varsity letter n. at VARSITY n.
WHAT MOVE, GESTURED?
I throw that. Know that. I spin, I’ll breathe.
And finish that character, lettered light. O.
For me that letter is a layering.
One message on another.
The heart of what I do,
what is heard,
and passed along.
Beauty found in the heart of the craft.