Plaster Casts Despite Choosing to Run is a spoken-word poem written in June and July 2017 for presentation on Instagram and later performance in September 2017. It's read from right-to-left, bottom-to-top. Each post was accompanied with a caption which provided context, listed below. It tells two analogous stories simultaneously; one set in historical Pompeii, one set in contemporary times.
Set to the tune of Paramore's similarly spoken-word song No Friend, Plaster Casts discusses ideas of perfection, nature, and an inevitable, slow burn. The release of Lorde's Melodrama in June opened me up to an incredibly vivid spectrum of emotions and storytelling concepts. I created beautiful derivative works which paired vulnerability and romanticism.
Thankfully, I later learned that these works weren't entirely representative of reality; they were derivative of abstract, finite, and primal things like memories, dreams, and feelings. I eventually abandoned romanticism as a virtue—Dark Web Voices directly expands on and contrasts this piece.