The time at our disposal each day is elastic; the passions we feel dilate it, those that inspire us shrink it, and habit fills it.
Our human perception of the passage of time is naturally a bit skewed, but that doesn’t mean we don’t spend our days watching clocks and inventing new forms for them. An NYU graduate student named Ross Goodwin has created a “text clock” that displays the current time by automatically pulling in public domain texts from Project Gutenberg. The Text Clock displays text from a different book in every paragraph, highlighting the current time in red. Refresh the page, and you’ll get a different set of text.
- Write a poem using a page of text on Text Clock.
- Name your poem according to the time when the page was generated.
- Rejoice and share.