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Seven Syllables if you must is an insightful and refreshing 80-page collection poems. It offers a playful challenge to view with poetic perspective those ‘put-upon’ days. Unpacks a range of emotions through structure, balance, and free verse.


Seven Syllables if you must invites the reader to explore and celebrate through a range of poetic styles, from nonsense rhyme to multilayered phrases. Melanie’s writing does not shy away from the uncomfortable. It interweaves gentle mockery and self-reflection, nostalgia with the lighthearted.

Set in a convenient size with a comfortable font, and generous layout, Seven Syllables if you must is easy to navigate. Poems invite pocket-sized introspection and delight.

Seven Syllables if you must by Melanie Williss

SKU: 9781067223472
  •  Melanie Williss has extensive experience in Education, and in the Publishing industry.

    She enjoys crafting with words, interweaving mother tongue with foreign language phrases and musicality. Her writing is rooted in keen observation; and her style is informed, refreshing, and challenging.

    Melanie traveled widely as teacher, trainer, and publishing consultant. She lived in London, UK, for a number of years before returning to Cape Town, her hometown, in South Africa.

    She is active in performing arts, especially enjoys classical singing, and Fine Art. Her favourite drawing media include pastels and charcoal. Melanie is daring in her exploration. Early years invested in classical dance, surrendered to tastes of hiking, paragliding, scuba diving, motorcycling.

    Melanie is a dedicated student of Tai Chi Chuan, and the internal art of Qigong.

    She can be found digging the soil, landscaping, whispering to plants, walking along the shore.

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