And now Dragonfly's Table of Contents. The page numbers given are the same as those in the book; click on the page number for the blog post that features the poem on that page in the book.
Since the book, at this point, is still being posted in the blog little by little, not all the page-number links will be live right away. I'll fill in links as stuff gets posted.
ix Introduction by Yusef Komunyakaa
1 First Hand-Plant: Skating the Petaluma Ramp
3 Gallery of the Mind
4 Tutankhamun, September 1979
6 Miraculous Dragonfly
7 Mosquito / Manila Haiku
10 Pacific Crossing
12 Shiites, 1985
14 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
15 Imelda Marcos discusses with Ferdinand the Gala Party She Gave on September 11, 1990, to Celebrate His 73rd Birthday Posthumously
18 Uncle Ray Shoots Craps with Elvis
20 Jive Talk
22 After the Gig: Saint Agnes Teen Club Dance
23 Carlos Santana in Concert: Berkeley, 1983
24 "Are You Experienced?"
25 Janis, 1987
26 Hot Club de France Reprise on MTV
28 Gawain's Rap
29 At the Poetry Reading in Science B 135, A Snowstorm
30 Hunter: A Sculpture in Glass
32 Morgan Kali Murray
33 An Aviation Engineer's Tribute to Leonardo
35 Halloween 1963
37 Tunnel Rat
38 Veterans Day 1987
40 Vietnam Era Vet
44 A Note About the Author
It's been an interesting experience posting Dragonfly so far, even though I'm still pretty much at the beginning of the project. Looking at the table of contents brings back memories about what was going on in my life as I was writing and workshopping these poems. I'll share those in due time as more pages are posted in the blog.
Incidentally, some of these poems are still very much "alive" out in the world; for example, the two Marcos poems above are due to be published soon in the Philippines in a literary anthology about the Marcoses, and I have written a third poem to accompany these two. The new poem deals with Ferdinand and Imelda's son Bongbong (actually Ferdinand Marcos Jr., but with a childhood nickname that has unfortunately followed him into adulthood and into public life). This kind of naming, inexplicable as it may be, is fairly common in the Philippines.