Toward Supreme Love in Self – (This Is an Endarkened, Feminist, New Literacies Event)
There are two truths: A literate revelation (Jeanine speaks)
There are two truths: A literate revelation
During the spring of 2005, after readings of Mukhtaran Bibi’s literate life and experiences, Sisterfriends began to share stories of the terror that intersected their romantic relationships. When actual group members began to situate questions and conclusions about significant romantic relationships and negotiate their feelings about being in love and experiencing terror, their negotiations centered the duplicitous nature of their emotions, in addition to their desire for emotional stability, unity, and resolve. Through disordered coherence, members located several fragmented selves. These selves were not always correspondent to one member. Rather, they could rise up in the voices of one or more members (see Visual Aid #1). Asher, the iconic, teacherly self, acted as a “protagonist” in several narratives. Her voice highlighted many questions and revelations presented by other fragmented selves. Members used Asher as an authoring fragmentation. Asher clarified Nason’s desire for “covering,” Laish’s desire for “a doubt-free, worry-free, anger-free loving,” Kagan’s desire for “physical touch and respect,” Sash’s desire “for the arms that are ready to embrace” and “the head that does not turn away from Her scars,” and Maven’s desire for “communion…no matter what.”
These risings helped to illustrate the ways Sisterfriends negotiated expressive thoughts about, and aspirations for, the realization of an idealized romantic love. They spoke of their REALITIES, knowledge, and ways of being. The resulting poem (There are two truths) is an affront to terrors that threaten the cultivation of unified, whole, liberated,...