Here are facsimiles (sorta ... close enough, anyway) of the opening pages of Dragonfly. Not very exciting, I'm afraid. But here goes:
Pecan Grove Press
St. Mary's University San Antonio, Texas
Copyright © 1994
by Vince Gotera
Cover design and art by
Mary Ann Blue Gotera
Pecan Grove Press
St. Mary's University
One Camino Santa Maria
San Antonio, Texas 78828-8608
for Marty Gotera
My son Marty was 22 when Dragonfly came out. I remember when I gave him a copy of the book I said, "Marty, this one's for you." What I meant was that this entire book was dedicated to him, but I wonder if he thought I was merely saying that that particular copy was his. Just one of those perhaps awkward moments that lodge in one's memory, though probably Marty doesn't even remember that. And now, with this serial re-publication, I have the chance to make it right. In any case, I thought of Dragonfly as a kind of long letter to Marty about things I wanted him to know as he entered his adult years.
Grateful acknowledgement is made to the editors of the following
publications in which these poems appeared:
Amerasia • "Crosses" • "Gambling"
ART/LIFE • "Are You Experienced" • "Carlos Santana in
Concert; Berkeley, 1983"
Asian America • "Ferdinand Marcos, Shadow Boxing at His
Mirror, on the Occasion of His Wife Imelda's Arraignment in
New York City, November 1988, Where She Wore a Ballroom
Gown" • Imelda Marcos Discusses with Ferdinand the Gala
Party She Gave on September 11, 1990, to Celebrate His 73rd
Indiana Review • "First Hand Plant: Skating the Petaluma Ramp"
The Jazz Poetry Anthology • "Hot Club de France Reprise on
Journal of American Culture •"Vietnam Era Vet"
Kenyon Review • "Halloween 1963"
Licking River Review • "After the Gig: St. Agnes Teen Club
Dance" • "Veterans Day 1987"
Mid-American Review • "Mosquito / Manila Haiku"
Northcoast View • "Janis, 1987" • "Jive Talk" • "Morgan Kali
Quarry West • "Miraculous Dragonfly"
River Styx • "Heirloom" • "Uncle Ray Shoots Craps with Elvis"
Wooster Review • "Gawain's Rap" • "Shiites, 1985"
The Quarry West double issue referenced above was marketed as a
book, Dissident Song: A Contemporary Asian American Anthology.
Looking at this list now, I am amazed at the publishing record of these poems in my first collection. I had forgotten how hard I worked back then at getting these poems out and about in the literary magazine market while I was an assistant professor at Humboldt State University. I guess I was quite the hungry poet in those days. So different from my life these days as the editor of the North American Review, as a gatekeeper now for today's hungry young poets.