A. R. Ammons

Archie Randolph Ammons (February 18, 1926 – February 25, 2001) was an American Poet who won the annual National Book Award for Poetry in 1973 and 1993. He wrote about humanity’s relationship to nature in alternately comic and solemn tones.

 

AN IMPROVISATION FOR ANGULAR MOMENTUM
A. R. Ammons

Perhaps the death mother like the birth mother
does not desert us but comes to tend
and produce us, to make room for us
and bear us tenderly, considerately,
through the gates, to see us through,
to ease our pains, quell our cries,
to hover over and nestle us, to deliver
us into the greatest, most enduring
peace, all the way past the bother of
recollection,
beyond the fine work of frailty,
the mishmash house of the coming & going,
creation’s fringes,
the eddies and curlicues