Volume III (Summer 2008)
ISSN 1934-4324

Johnson Cheu

Johnson Cheu's poems can be found in the anthologies Staring Back: The Disability Experience from the Inside Out (Dutton/Plume), June Jordan's Poetry for the People: A Revolutionary Blueprint (Routledge), and Screaming Monkeys: Critiques of Asian American Images (Coffee House), as well as periodicals such as North American Review, Witness, Disability Studies
Quarterly, Midwest Poetry Review, The Progressive, Red River Review, Black Zinnias
, and The Massachusetts Review. Recently, he completed his tenure as Poetry/Fiction Editor of Disability Studies Quarterly, and currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Literary Disability. Cheu is a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and
American Cultures at Michigan State University.


What I Learned from Wonder Woman

after Aimee Nezhukumatathil’s
“What I Learned From the Incredible Hulk”


When not wanting to attract

undue attention, glasses, a simple

black pantsuit and pinned-up

hair will work wonders. A look



that says Hey, as long as you’re not

breaking security codes or kidnapping

visiting dignitaries, I can be a pretty

soft-spoken kind of girl. But threaten



what she loves and in a flash

even bracelets can become weaponry.

I’ve learned that a woman also needs

time alone, a visit with her sisters.



When she returns, a truce

may be in order, for she always

has a way to lasso out her truth.

Red doesn’t always mean anger.



It’s the color that adorns her breastbone,

a mark of mutual desire as you mouth

her breast, patchouli-scented, golden

as shook foil in the candlelight.



A little lower is where you’ll see stars.