“At the Approach of Winter”

Deborah Purdy created “At the Approach of Winter” from the Complete Herbal by Nicholas Culpeper (1653). Please click here to read.

About the poem and the process of composing it, Deborah Purdy writes:

I read through the Complete Herbal and compiled a selection of linguistically interesting or potentially useful words and phrases to create a word/phrase bank of possible lines for the poem. Next, I went through the word/phrase bank to find lines and phrases that seemed to work well together and that fit the theme of the poem.


Also by Deborah Purdy at Heron Tree: “Where It May Be,” “For the Same Reason,” “Other Signs,” “Enough,” “Try to Find a Reason,” “Gratitude Cento,” “Away from Home,” and “The Right Words.”