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.” You can find some of my published poems and essays on the POEMS tab.

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.

Recently, my first chapbook, Destiny Manifested, was awarded the inaugural “Voices of the Plains and Prairies Poetry Prize” by North Dakota State University (NDSU) PressIt’s now available from Amazon and the online store: NDSU Press/Shop Now


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.


Please check out the list on the right or click any of the various categories and archives. I also invite you to subscribe if you want to get posts delivered to your Inbox.  I hope you enjoy my hospitality and I’d love to hear from you!

10 thoughts on “Welcome, come on in!

  1. Hi, Feels nice to see that I’m not alone in the world. Love your work.

    1. Thanks, Mac. From now on, I’ll wave whenever I pass the Buffalo Alice exit.

  2. Anonymous says:

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

  3. 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. Eusebia says:

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    I appreciate it -Sheena

  6. Seems like you truly understand plenty related to this specific topic and it all exhibits by means of this blog, called “North Dakota Roots | A view from up here (46.9 N Latitude). Musings, observations, and poetry.”
    Thank you -Sterling

  7. 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.

  8. California Cuzin' says:

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

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