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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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Resolution (Asher speaks: A story)

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Resolution

I remember.

So much death came to pass on that day. So many lives were disrupted and lost. So many stories were told. All the political posturing and vengeful energy surrounding 9/11 caused a shift in the ways people everywhere live. It made the world smaller. Since I wanted to live on purpose, I needed to reconfigure my place, and make sense of my disquietude. That was, and is, my post-9/11 resolution—purposeful consciousness. Ironically, when I began to read and write in response to the stories I saw on television, the Internet, in periodicals, and people’s personal accounts, I turned more and more to the relevance and uncertainty of my own life. I wondered: What are my stories? Where do I fit into the big picture? Do I have some knowledge or experience or understanding to contribute to the world? How can I be of service to the human race as the change unfolds? What is my contribution? Am I helpful? Relevant…ummm, a little bit?

As I considered these questions I thought back to the day I was lost, and the piercing eyes of The Angry Man. At the time, I thought he was a terrible person. I remember feeling transformed a little by his anger and hostility. Even as a bystander, I was troubled by his affliction. My memory of him and his burning question, which has become my own, made me think harder. The idea that terror is highly...

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