I read your book today, father, because
It was cold, wet, and windy outside.
Behind closed doors, by candlelight, a shawl
Wrapped round my neck, father, I read
How your arms reach for me, in the dark,
And I for you. These intentions, though written
In a river of gold, father, evanesced
Long ago, making us each strangers, father,
Though somehow forged as one.

On the last page, struck by your book’s
Seamless flow, I felt like I was walking
Toward myself as if in a mirror.

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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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