Tuesday, August 29, 2023

Excerpt Tour: Mind Expression by Alysha Potente

Mind Expressions: A Book on Poetry with Syllable Counts

by Alysha Potente




This poetry book has a total of over 130 poems, and most feature alongside: beautiful photography art. All of the poems are different from the next, in meaning and technique.

Analytical in nature, each poem dives into various topics. With this are also syllable counts, where the number of syllables per line are counted and arranged. This brings forward a technical side to poetry writing, where it is precise and balanced.

It is a skill that requires practice, where you hear the word for what it is, using mathematics while rhyming words together. All of the poetry features different rhyming forms.


EXCERPT (Exclusive Excerpt):


Acting happy to the community..

When you’re actually breaking inside..

You smile at an opportunity..

These sorrowful emotions you hide..

If awards were given you’d get one..

You prepare your speech with hoisted words..

There’s darkness within without the sun..

When true feelings arise it diverts..

For someone is wearing a mask..

But it honestly will not last..

Is it one of those fancy types?..

Is it one of those beauty hypes?..

Is it made of glitz or greater?..

Is it made of pure formed nature?..

Many materials cover..

Many hidden things to discover..


Acting all fine to the outside world..

This concealed pain has been bandaged up..

People see you as a happy girl..

When you’re alone tears fill up your cup..

Expressing a different version..

Completely vulnerable at night..

The day is a total diversion..

Projecting within a constant fight..


For someone is wearing a mask..

It's become a difficult task..

Is it one of those to protect?..

Is it one of those for affect?..

Is it made of polyester?..

Is it made of bright treasure?..

Quite a few items can conceal..

Quite a few things are to reveal..



Syllables= 9, 9, 9, 9, 9, 9, 9, 9.. 8, 8, 8, 8, 8, 8, 8, 8.. 9, 9, 9, 9, 9, 9, 9, 9.. 8, 8, 8, 8, 8, 8, 8, 8, 8= patterns. 

Every two lines rhyme together second and fourth verse. Rhymes 1st-3rd lines and 2nd-4th   (repeated pattern) in the first and third verse. 



Alysha has been a self- taught creative writer, since the age of 16, in her hometown of Perth, Australia. Her passion for it developed on its own, the need to express herself in a different way other than verbally, was what motivated her to keep up this passion. The use of words was captivating for expression and the love of rhymes was also heard by ear.

Alysha's first poetry book that she read was actually in Primary School and it was called 'Revolting rhymes', which was a retake on nursery rhymes but in a humorous way. This book started this creative side in her at a young age, that, and also her love for art in general.

In 2015 she studied a short course at Berklee, where she was introduced to the notion of syllable counts. In fact, though she had actually been doing syllable counts unconsciously with her poetry in general. By using the same measurement of lines going off of sight, had in turn created similar syllable counts/patterns in her work. 

Her book 'Mind Expressions' is a technical side of poetry writing that's come to life. It's the use of mathematics, along with creative writing. She wanted to give the reader a breakdown of each poem within, in order for them to delve into each poem further and analyse it using a different set of eyes. The poems are analytical in nature, along with syllable counts (some perfect) and perfect rhymes. This really showcases poetry at the highest skill. 

Alysha is multi-talented in Art itself and is also a perfectionist. For where her passion lies in different artforms, is where she crafts her skills to a perfection standpoint.   






AMAZON (AU) https://amazon.com.au/dp/0228894085 

AMAZON (CA) https://amazon.ca/dp/0228894085 

BARNES & NOBLE https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/mind-expressions-alysha-potente/1143804488 

KOBO https://www.kobo.com/au/en/ebook/mind-expressions 



Alysha Potente will be awarding a $15 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.


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