A Challenge and a Review: Dead of Winter

“Winter Comes”

The Challenge

This post is a response to a challenge issued on Teagan Riordain Geneviene’s blog, where she challenges readers to create a piece of art in the medium of your choice, inspired by her book, Dead of Winter: Journey 1: Forlorn Peak.

Recently, I’ve been dabbling in Japanese and English syllabic poetry, and I knew that I wanted to create a poem for this challenge. The image and poetry above is my response to Teagan’s challenge. It is a Shadorma poem, an form of syllabic poetry which may have originated in Spain, comprised of a sestet, or six-line poem with a syllabic count of 3-5-3-3-7-5 (Word Craft: Prose & Poetry, by Sally Cronin). Although no where have I found that Shadorma can appear with images to add meaning, like the Japanese Haiga poetry, I’ve found nothing that says it can’t, so I have featured mine with the image above.

They both create a feeling like what I felt after reading Dead of Winter, so might actually serve as a different type of book review. I think the poem could easily stand alone, so maybe that’s okay.

Dead of Winter

Buy Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08RBBVRGX?tag=relinks-20

My Review

Dead of Winter: Journey 1: Forlorn Peak, by Teagan Riordain Geneviene is a brief little tale that sets the stage in a world where strict control prevents the protagonist, Emlyn, from revealing her gift of seeing and communicating with the dead. In this short tale, Emlyn receives a warning of what’s to come in the rest of the series. “Winter is coming…”


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9 Comments on “A Challenge and a Review: Dead of Winter”

  1. Your poem and image evoke what I think of as “hard winter” very effectively.

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  2. Kaye, your poem is splendid! Thanks so much for rising to this creativity challenge. Beautifully done. I hope you enjoyed the beginning of Dead of Winter. Have a beautiful holiday season. Hugs!

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    • Hi Teagan, I did enjoy Dead of Winter, but it felt like a tease, making me want to read more. 🙂 I also enjoyed accepting your challenge. It was nice to have an excuse to write some new poetry. It was fun and I’m so glad you approve of the result.


  3. Nancy Oswald says:

    Loved your Shadorma sestet. I like Haiku, so will definitely give this form a try.

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    • So glad that you enjoyed it, Nancy. I don’t know if Shadorma is supposed to be paired with images, but it seemed like it fit perfectly, so I couldn’t resist. I do hope you try your hand at this poetry form. I enjoyed exploring possibilities and was happy for Teagan’s challenge for the chance to show off my new found skills.

      My review of the book where I discovered this poem, “Word Craft: Prose & Poetry”, by Colleen Chesebro will be coming up before the end of the year, so watch for it. It provides easy to understand explanations of various poetry forms and a plethora of wonderful examples. I’ve really enjoyed exploring the forms of poetry that were new to me which it introduced.


  4. nancyloswald says:

    Book sounds great. I’ll look for the review. I’ve been considering a multi-genre book, so poetry help would be great.

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  5. […] Shadorma poem, which I published here, on Writing to be Read. You can see my example of a Shadorma here, but I don’t know if it is any good. It really was harder than I thought it would […]

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