of dust

      1. of dust Sample - Chris Williams

The text for “of dust” comes from the poem “Indra” by August Strindberg. In Vedic mythology Indra is a powerful warrior god, who is lord of heaven, god of war and weather. The poem contrasts grand, and commanding images of Indra and the gods with the suffering of humanity; the fragility of those “sons of dust,”  “born of dust”  who ultimately return “to dust.” Images of the divine and eternal intermingle with the dust and din of mortality.

“Indra” is reprinted from Plays by August Strindberg. Trans. Edwin Björkman. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1912.

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