North Dakota Roots

A view from up here (46.9 N Latitude). Poetry, musings, and an occasional blurt

Gentle Reader: As a poet, one of my favorite themes according to a writer friend  “sings of both the poignant subtleties and the harsh realities of life on the high plains and Badlands of North Dakota in the New American West.”

I’ve recently been awarded the “Voices of the Plains and Prairies Poetry Prize” by North Dakota State University (NDSU) Press for my chapbook Destiny Manifested. It’s now available from Amazon and the online store: NDSU Press/Shop Now

I’m not one to post regularly. I find a constant balancing act between my perfectionist tendencies and the literary freedom offered by a blog. Whether the right or left brain prevails, one thing is clear: there is little more powerful than the written word and I have an inordinate respect for the power of the pen.


Most of all, I love living on the edge of the Badlands.
Here, life is sweet and the sweet crude of oil production
is both sweet and crude. More on that in my new chapbook.


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15 thoughts on “Welcome, come on in!

  1. Anonymous says:

    Bonnie…Simply put…..I love how you think…..❤️

  2. Another warm welcome to Carolee Bennett, a generous poet who shares her accumulated wisdom. Check out her blog, Good Universe Next Door at or in my blogroll

  3. A warm North Dakota welcome to fellow poet, Robert Okaji. Find his exceptional poetry and blog O at the Edges in my Blogroll or

    1. robert okaji says:

      Thanks for the warm welcome, Bonnie. Much appreciated.

  4. I like your place. I will definitely read the other posts. Thanks

  5. Wow It Looks So Beautiul There ……

    1. Hi Cailin, It is gorgeous here in North Dakota. Hope you can see it sometime.

  6. Eusebia says:

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  8. Jason says:

    Great info Bonnie!!
    Here’s another good one on ND tourist stuff…if anyone is looking.

    Thanks 🙂

  9. Anonymous says:

    As much of a diehard New Yorker as I am, my vacations in North Dakota mark some of the highlights of my life. Hard to explain the sight of never-ending wheat fields (as opposed to skyscrapers or ocean), or a real-life pow wow, or a buffalo crossing your path in the Badlands……

    1. Some of the highlights of my life have been sharing this place with a dear friend and diehard New Yorker. We’ll leave the light on for you.

  10. Nice place you have here. I had to drop by to thank you for the like. Thank you.

  11. California Cuzin' says:

    I thought I’d stop by and catch up on the latest northern plains musings.

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