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Ruth Lily Poetry Prize, for $100,000, to go to Marie Ponsot

Ruth Lily Poetry Prize, for $100,000, to go to Marie Ponsot

Poet Marie Ponsot will be awarded the Ruth Lily Poetry Prize in June, it was announced Monday. The Ruth Lily Poetry Prize, which comes with an award of $100,000, is given to a poet for lifetime achievement. Ponsot's career began in the 1950s; her book "True Minds" was the first thing City Lights published after Allen Ginsberg's "Howl." While Ginsberg made a huge cultural splash with "Howl" and became immediately anointed as a significant beat poet, Ponsot took a different route; she was publicly quiet for 25 years. She was raising a family with seven children. All along, she was writing. Her later publications include 1998's "The Bird...

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