This is a fascinating poetic use of RiTa, a “software toolkit for generative literature” developed by Daniel C. Howe. The randomly selected words arranged on a 3×3 grid are transformed into other words over time by adding, subtracting, or substituting one letter at a time. Sometimes the path to a new word is through nonsense words, and these are part of the pleasure of this work. The abstracted typewriter sounds punctuate every letter substitution, and reaching a new word is rewarded by a “ding” sound and flashing brown highlight of the square in the grid where the newly completed word is. The cumulative effect is hypnotic, as one sees where the flashing cursor moves to, what words are created, and the entire piece transforms itself from where it began.
This minimalist poem is in the same generative and conceptual tradition as Tisselli’s “Synonymovie” and Buchardon’s “Changer Tout” because they all begin with a word or phrase and track its transformations as words become replaced by synonyms over time. In this case, the path of word relations isn’t semantic, but typographical.
I recommend setting this up as an installation piece, or placing it fullscreen, and letting it wash over you as you read and observe it. With the volume turned down a bit, it might even be a great aid to meditation.