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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Vintage Poems – ZED

By Lindy Obach | March 16, 2018

This reminded me of a Dorothy Parker piece. I love poems like this, ones that make you laugh and make you think and ones that have hearken back to another era. Enjoy! ZED By Jane Hoyt Lamb, Hill City I have added to my life By temperance and careful diet, But I am less and …

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Writing Groups

By Christine | March 12, 2018

A former student emailed me recently to recommend an online writing community. Her goal? To get critique on her work. She’d heard horror stories about online writing groups where people stole participants’ work, and she hoped I had some good advice about finding a reputable online writing group. I hadn’t heard about that sort of …

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Vintage Poems-

By Lindy Obach | March 9, 2018

I was instantly hooked on this one. I love poems that give the readers an instruction – that tell us how. Plus, the imagery is just gorgeous. Enjoy! Inferno, Meet My Bridges By Rebecca Erickson Ice polishes the streets as a man and a woman struggle to meet on a bridge. They slip, hips hit …

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Vintage Poetry -Sixteen and Sixty

By Lindy Obach | March 2, 2018

I am sucker for love poems about days gone by and creative rhymes, and this poem has both. Enjoy! Sixteen and Sixty By Jim Assid, Sioux Falls The smell of roses in your hair, Is like the trade winds’ balmy air. Your smile so sweet and rosy-cheeked Makes me forget my gray hair streaked. If …

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Poetry and Environment

By sdpoetry | February 26, 2018

The process of nature writing evokes the image of an individual striving to build connections with the natural world. Observations of forests and fields, roadside parks and rooftop gardens provide us with raw materials. The nature journal, for example, contains descriptions, impressions and other incomplete renderings tracked in with the mud, wind and rain. A …

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Vintage Poetry- Strung Out

By Lindy Obach | February 23, 2018

Simple, gorgeous language that made me think of home. Enjoy! Strung Out by Francie Davis, Belvidere As the sun shines painfully against the miles upon miles of drifted snow, the cattle are strung out one after the other moving eastward single file eighty-two marching purposefully big black snow-capped boulders blowing exhaust through frosted nostrils parting …

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