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

  • South Dakota
SDSPS was organized in 1927 and incorporated as a South Dakota non-profit 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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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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Vintage Poems- Unknown Worlds

By Lindy Obach | April 6, 2018

Young poets who have the courage to send their words out into the world always impress me. The first line hooked me. Enjoy! Unknown Worlds By Winter Driving Hawk, Age 14, Pierre, South Dakota Teenage angst is not something I feel Look through the smoke and mirrors And through me you’ll find my pain real …

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Vintage Poems – Wind Instruments

By Lindy Obach | March 30, 2018

A perfect capture of the wind here on the plains. Enjoy! WIND INSTRUMENTS By Candy Hamilton, Oglala In the otherwise silence of the night Night silence The wind bumps its rhythm Against the side of the house And train-whistles against the other The rhythm smooths out To dog howls Then to distinct words That finally …

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Vintage Poems – The Peace of Prairies

By Lindy Obach | March 23, 2018

I will always love a place poem, especially one about a place I love: the prairie. And, oh! Those last three lines! Showstoppers. Enjoy! THE PEACE OF PRAIRIES By Grace Dickinson Sperling, Oak Park, Ill. To heal my spirit’s ill there seemed no cure; With diligence I searched from pole to pole And grew accustomed …

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“Plow it and Find Out”: Midwestern American Poetry

By David Allen Evans | March 19, 2018

[The following article is an updated version of an article I wrote a little over a decade ago. It was published in South Dakota Review.] Before I studied Zen I saw mountains as mountains, waters as waters. When I learned something of Zen, the mountains were no longer mountains, the waters no longer waters. But …

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