Structureless Structure by Alexander ShackleburyLanguage divides
In equal weight
What it blends
In equal weight
All the things
It clarifies


One must turn inward
Before outward expression


Does sorrow have a structure?
Must it have a structure?
Or is it something formless
Given form by us?


Thought without structure
Is like
Creation without expression:

Emotion transcends the medium
In which it is written.


Is there a conclusion here, my reader?
Can our forms be authentic?
Must we choose incoherence?
Are we condemned
To create imperfectly?
Or just left with
Structureless structure?

Author: Alexander Shacklebury

Bryan Damien Nichols was born in Houma, Louisiana, on August 30, 1978. He earned a B.A., summa cum laude, in Philosophy from Baylor University, and a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law. He has practiced law in both Houston and in the Rio Grande Valley. Bryan currently lives in Los Fresnos, Texas, with his loving wife, Michelle. In his poetry, Bryan writes through two different heteronyms: (1) Kjell Nykvist; and (2) Alexander Shacklebury. Generally speaking, Kjell provides an optimistic worldview, while Alexander provides a pessimistic worldview. Kjell and Alexander are not mere “extensions” of Mr. Nichols; instead, each heteronym is a unique character with his own personality, poetic style, and biography. Biographies of the heteronyms are available upon request.


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