‘Neanitha’s Lament’ is a section of an epic that is ‘translated’ from a language I have built and is set in a universe I have sub-created. The hero of the story, Neanitha is captured by a demon-like figure who is trying to convince him to rebel against his god and join their side in the rebellion. Consequently, the poem speaks of breaking in both the sense of crushing oppression as well as a trial through which the only hope of freedom is from the inbreaking of Neanitha’s god and king.
Jonathan Selstad grew up in Orange County, California, and studied Bible and Theology at Biola University. As a student pursuing an Mlitt. in Theology and the Arts at the University of St. Andrews, he is interested in exploring how literary theories as described by C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien may inform a charitable reading towards literature and the Bible. But when his studies permit, he enjoys creating poetry and fiction, imagining whole worlds set in the universe beyond our sight while adventuring the countryside with his fiancée.