Her voice left softened from a recent stroke that managed not dampen her sharp, clear, delievery of poetry (or her clear blue eyes for that matter), Marie Ponsot, 92, read to me last night as practice for her acceptance of the 2013 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize to take place in Chicago this Monday. With a $100,000 award it is our nation's largest literary prize. First published by City Light's Press in 1957 by Lawrence Ferlinghetti, whom she met on her way to Paris after WWII, True Minds (Ponsot's debut collection) was paired with Allen Ginsberg's Howl and Ferlinghetti's A Coney Island of the Mind. She raised 7 kids on her own, translated over 30 books - from French to English -taught writing at Colombia, Notre Damn, and Queens College and always stayed true to her own 'beat'. What an amazing woman and honor to be in her presence and hear her recite, however so softly, her spectacular and beloved poems.