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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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Introducing a Supreme Lover Identity (Or, Why this work is so real) (Jeanine speaks)

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Introducing a Supreme Lover Identity

(Or, Why this work is so real)

The communion in love our souls seek is the most heroic and divine quest any human being can take. (hooks, 2002, p. xviii)

To cultivate a Supreme Lover Identity means to know the iterations of one’s Self in fragments, to really dig them out, hear their voices, learn their stories and the revelations they contribute to the center, to the whole of one’s Self. It means to then choose, from both the most divine and base aspects of Self, ways to access, engage with, and learn from those voices and stories on a daily basis (perhaps even an hourly basis). It means learning methods for respectfully being (with) ourselves and all that we know as REAL. It also means positioning and integrating aspects of Self toward wholeness and completeness. A Supreme Lover Identity is a critical, creative power in consciousness endowed to every human being by his or her Creator. This identity is already in you, as it is in me. It only needs to be recognized in the Spectrum of Personhood,8 learned, and cultivated to ← 19 | 20 → maturity. The study that grounds this book taught me that being in touch with a Supreme Lover Identity and living with/for/in service to it at the forefront of consciousness, so that it deeply informs thoughts, words and actions in the formation of every interaction and relationship, is very difficult work. Yet, it warrants...

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