Steven Stucky (b. 1949)

Text A.R. Ammons (1926-2001)


It was May before my
attention came
to spring and


my word I said
to the southern slopes


missed it, it
came and went before
I got right to see:


don't worry, said the mountain,
try the later northern slopes
or if


you can climb, climb
into spring: but
said the mountain


it's not that way
with all things, some
that go are gone

        A.R. Ammons (1926-2001)



This piece was performed on Octarium’s Modern Masters, November 2009.

This piece is also featured on Octarium's 2009 release, Modern Masters.