Poetry Workshop: Winter Poetry And How To Write One

The title may be misleading because of course there is no one way to write a poem. I’d even disagree with the idea that there is a “way” to write poetry. However, that being said, we can still try to create a semi-structured guide- if only for inspiration. We, at daastan, bring to you our favourite winter poetry and a little nudging in the right direction for you to write one!

Our Favourite Winter Poetry

I’m Going Back to Minnesota Where Sadness Makes Sense by Danez Smith

The poem may not be a traditionally happy poem. Nor is it the type of winter poetry that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. However, it isn’t to be mistaken for the blues either- or at least not entirely. Within it there is a sense of return, of home and most of all of being alive. To be “the only warm thing” is lonely, but so very reassuring as well. A wonderfully crafted poem that does justice to the emotion of sadness rather than glorify it- it is a poem that resonates with all.

Winter Sun by Molly Fisk

This is the kind of winter poetry that doesn’t make you miss the warmth. Why? because it is able to warm you up from the inside. In its few lines, it holds the beating heart of human sentimentality. Of generosity, warmth and simple pleasures- all set against icy, winter clad imagery.

“We can make do with so little, just the hint
of warmth, the slanted light.”

The Patience of Ordinary Things by Pat Schneider

Finally, here is a poem that isn’t necessarily winter poetry but rather, the kind that you need in winters. It reminds you of all the good there is. Everything that sparks joy that we so conveniently fail to see. This ability of its’ is important because when the winter blues hit (and they hit hard) you need to be reminded of everything that is good and pure in this world.

Write Your Own Winter Poetry!

Yes, it was all a ploy- we started off with a list of brilliant poetry only to get you in the mood to write your own! There is never enough poetry in the world. If you want a more generic guide then click here to read another one of our poetry guides. However, if you continue to be in the frosty January winter mood- carry on!

Step 1: Happy, Sad or Somewhere in Between

There are two ways you can go about this. Either decide before you start writing, or start writing and let your work decide for itself. Winter blues haunt us all and some sad poetry can really help you process all the emotion you feel. It might even help you make sense of some of it. On the other hand, if you are writing for a wider viewership and not simply for yourself: people love to read sad things, but nothing is more popular than warmth. Maybe write a happy poem- in whatever way you define happy, and give them the warmth to battle their own winter blues!

Step 2: Monthly or Seasonal

Poets love December. It is such a giving month. The end of all, the start of all; the beginning of an end- or a cycle that keeps repeating. I personally associate October with love poems set in winter and November can be a healing month or the dry, dreary in-between. What I mean to say is that winter poetry doesn’t have to be restricted to being seasonal. Each month can mean something very different- your emotions aren’t here because of winter, they are here with it. Use winter as your back drop or focal point, make it seasonal or focus on a month; it is all up to you!

Step 3: Just Write!

Just write what you want to! Take into account the inspiration we have given you, or disregard it completely- we won’t mind. Let words shape their own poem in front of you and don’t try to curate something specific. At best, you come up with your masterpiece. At worst, you understand what you’re feeling a little better!

That is all from us for today. If you are interested in our poetry workshops then continue reading here; we do have two more in our series! Let us know if you would like more.

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