Marie Ponsot’ s first book of poems was" True Minds" (1956); later books are "Admit Impediment" (1981) and "The Green Dark" (1988). She is a native New Yorker who has enjoyed teaching at Queens College, Beijing United University, the Poetry Center of the YMHA, New York University, and Columbia University. Among her awards are an NEA Creative Writing grant, the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Prize, and the Shaughnessy Medal of the Modern Language Association. Ponsot’ s most recent collection, "The Bird Catcher," won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry in 1998."From the Hardcover edition."