It may sound dark and twisted, but Jonnie says the project's title—The Buried Life—was inspired by an enlightening poem.

"We were all in college ... feeling disillusioned with ourselves and with the world, and this poem came along that was assigned to me in English class," Jonnie says. "Usually, I don't read the poems assigned to me, but this one seemed poignant. I read it, and there were these four lines that just struck us."

More than 150 years ago, a poet named Matthew Arnold wrote the words that inspired these young men: "But often, in the world's most crowded streets; But often, in the din of strife; There rises an unspeakable desire; After the knowledge of our buried life."

"It hit us. It hit us so deep," Jonnie says. "You have things you're almost told to do, but sometimes, those things and all the things that go on in your life can bury you. You can feel like the whole world is on top of you. We wanted to dig through that and live our buried lives. ... We thought of looking at life as a finite resource and something worth celebrating."


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