- Henderson, Schuyler
- Date of entry: Jan-05-2006
As suggested by its title, the poem is a villanelle: five tercets and, in lieu of a final quatrain, a final tercet, with the first and third lines, "Every day our bodies separate" and "not understanding what we celebrate" as the recurrent refrains (typically, Hacker makes some small changes to the refrain, with sensational effect).
Originally included in Presentation Piece, 1974 (The Viking Press)
Selected Poems: 1965-1990
W. W. Norton