Nicole Mauro: poem: SUPERZER0IC (Wonder Woman and Superman, an Anti-Romance)

  Nicole Mauro

 
  poem: SUPERZER0IC
 

  (Wonder Woman and Superman, an Anti-Romance)

 

I

Clark and Diana, un-
disguised. No
tingling, no,
not with those
old dot-
matrix-
y eyes. They know,
out there,
there are
persons—that outside
is not dark,
is not bright, that eyes
are just flat-
lining loop-holes of light
deceived
by their own
curvatures. Boredom,
O villain.
The un-
woe-
like surprise-
less
surprise
of awaiting
un-
deliverable
furniture. Meanwhile, people outside
turn into
killers, and Wonder Woman
transmogrifies
into an actual
person.

II

Ka
pow,
and poof poof. There goes
me, there goes
you,
and the skillion
heca-
ton-produced
afterimages
of afterimages
of afterimages,
the rods and cones
of those
blooms. How retinally
impressive
it all was, so
spandexed
and blue. Therefore if consequence is a blown-
apart
monument, Superman’s bedroom
is huge.

III

Metropolis Oh
No-ed. Vicinity
was still,
an
apparent, but everyone’s
identity
was blown. That stenographer
is actually
a typist, Diana wrote, and Zero
is actually
a line
that is fat,
so. The insane
asylum
is but
eleven quarters
home. Inside, trying
by both.
How to keep
the idiots
quiet?—maybe a movie
with typos in the subtitles
could be shown.

US poet Nicole Mauro
US poet Nicole Mauro
 

Nicole Mauro’s poems and criticism have appeared in numerous publications. She is the author of seven chapbooks, two full-length poetry collections, The Contortions (Dusie Books, 2009), and Tax-Dollar Super-Sonnet Featuring Sarah Palin as Poet (Black Radish Books, 2014), and is the co-editor of an interdisciplinary book about sidewalks titled Intersection: Sidewalks and Public Space (with Marci Nelligan, A’A’ Arts, 2008). She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, Patrick, and daughters Nina and Faye. She teaches rhetoric and language at the University of San Francisco.

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