To encourage poem-making and
poem-reading in South Dakota.

  • South Dakota
The SDSPS was incorporated as a non-profit organization on August 8, 1970.

Our Mission

To encourage and foster the writing and publication of poetry by South Dakota writers and to promote excellence therein; to arouse in students of high school and college age, interest in the creative writing of poetry; to foster or publish Pasque Petals, a magazine, on a regular basis, thereby continuing the publication which was begun before the Society was organized, which publication is devoted chiefly to poetry, to stimulate by such proper means as the sponsoring of contests, awarding of prizes, and by other means of encouragement, the writing of poetry; and by these means to aid in the cultural growth of South Dakota.

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History of SDSPS

By Norma Wilson | June 25, 2018

The first organizational meeting of the South Dakota State Poetry Society was held on October 5, 1927 in Huron, SD. The Society was founded in 1927 by Dr. James C. Lindberg at Northern State College. Its official magazine Pasque Petals was first published in 1926 in Aberdeen, SD. Since 1959 has been the body to …

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Swim in the Sea of Life

By Lawrence Diggs | June 18, 2018

Poetry can be a great conduit for ideas and feelings. It takes practice and work to develop the technique of writing poetry. But if a person doesn’t have anything to say then it doesn’t matter how good their technique is, their poetry is likely to sound trite and hollow. It can be entertaining to do …

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Strategies for Building Your Poetry Practice

By Christine | June 11, 2018

For me, writing is a practice. It’s something I do nearly every day, and I incorporate a variety of methods to expand and deepen my skills. Before I approached poetry as a practice, I only wrote when visited by “the muse.” Once inspired, I’d write and write and write until the energy petered out. Then …

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Poet’s Table

By Bruce Roseland | May 29, 2018

The table used for writing at the site “ Poets ’Table” in the Black Hills was today (May 27) sawed in half and carried off by two individuals. As of this writing, they have been apprehended by the Custer County law enforcement. I really don’t know their motivation for doing such a deed. Nor do …

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Grounded vs. Obscure Poetry

By Bruce Roseland | May 7, 2018

Hi Everyone, I have a question which I would hope lends itself to debate among us. Just how much should any of us use such personal or obscure references and language in our writing so that almost every line of a poem has to be explained by the writer to a reader, or the poem …

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Reading Opportunity

By sdpoetry | April 19, 2018

You are invited to read your poetry at the Watertown Arts Night on Thursday, May 10th. This is an excellent opportunity to share the work you have published through Pasque Petals and to promote poetry in South Dakota. Members are also encouraged to bring any books they have published and would like to provide for …

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