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The Revelations of Asher

Toward Supreme Love in Self – (This Is an Endarkened, Feminist, New Literacies Event)

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Jeanine M. Staples

The Revelations of Asher: Toward Supreme Love in Self is an endarkened, feminist, new literacies event. It critically and creatively explores Black women’s terror in love. With poetry, prose, and analytic memos, Jeanine Staples shows how a group of Black women’s talk and writings about relationships revealed epistemological and ontological revelations, after 9/11. These revelations are presented in the context of a third wave new literacies framework. They are voiced and storied dynamically by the women’s seven fragmented selves. Through the selves, we learn the five ways the women lived as lovers: Main Chick, Side Chick, Bonnie, Bitch, and Victim. As an alternative-response to these identities in love, the author presents a new way. She introduces the Supreme Lover Identity and illuminates its integral connection to social and emotional justice for and through Black women’s wisdom.
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Appendix A: The Seedsheet of The Revelations of Asher

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Appendix A:

The Seedsheet of The Revelations of Asher

Lover identity is a key concept in justice consciousness and justice movements. It is crucial that lover identities be known. We must learn our lover identities as well as we know our racial, gender, sexuality, and class identities. Why? Because knowledge of lover identities shows us how we relate to Self, Other, and Community. Lover identities reveal considerable information about the extent to which social, cultural, relational, emotional, and physical terrors are entrenched, and forming effects, within our spirit, soul, and flesh/body. Our lover identity tells us how supremacist patriarchies have done (and are doing) their work in our worlds (our private, personal space of individual consciousness and lived experiences) and in our World (our public, passable space of collective consciousness and lived experiences). How? Lover identity is a person’s entire relational ideology and being. It points to and reveals the psychological, emotional, and somatic rhetoric, tenor, and texture of Personhood. It shows us how the voices and stories of our selves are forming reactionary and complementary bonds with supremacist patriarchal ideologies and enactments.

Our lover identity shows us not only how we are being socially, relationally, culturally, and physically neglected, violated, oppressed, abused, maligned, erased…terrorized.138 It also shows us how we do terror through and to our selves ← 539 | 540 → and each other. We do terror by forming caustic, deleterious belief systems; violent, continual discourse refrains; acquired, heightened survival programs; a complex and...

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