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The Revelations of Asher

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


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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There are two truths (Asher and others speak: A poem)


about myself in Love.

A part of me is a coward. I am a coward.

I resist concession to needing.

I guard against unguardedness and cover up my nakedness.

I scramble to hide from Love’s unblinking eyes.

I admire freedom from a distance. But myself does not

understand that freedom comes from fearlessness and cannot emerge, in truth, from hiding, cannot emerge in the way of fullness when bound to resistance and guarding and covering.

She just

harbors too much pride in such things.

And she foolishly thinks herself safe. So you see,

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