in Secret Life of Letters

The Schwa


There is a letter of which the other letters never speak. It has been left out of the children’s songs. It is not welcome on Sesame Street. It goes where it must. It works behind the language. Performing dangerous acts of pronunciation deep within the darkest dictionaries. There is no way to pronounce the true sound of this letter, but some call it Schwa. It’s a covert ops kind of vowel.

The motto translates, “From books, freedom”
Original art by Brandon Scharr