South Dakota

In 1937, South Dakota established a state poet laureate position, which is currently held by Lee Ann Roripaugh, who was appointed to a four-year term in 2015. Roripaugh is the author of four books of poetry, including Dandarians (Milkweed Editions, 2014).

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Lee Ann Roripaugh
South Dakota poet laureate

Lee Ann Roripaugh

Poet Lee Ann Roripaugh is the author of four poetry collections: Dandarians (Milkweed Editions, 2014), On the Cusp of a Dangerous Year (Southern...

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ornate warble of meadowlarks
           burbling in melodic veronicas,
ribboning the spires, buttes, pinnacles,
           and gullies of sedimentary stone,
sage and sweet grass smudging the still-cool air

lush-bellied manatees of clouds somersault
           above an inching