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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: 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,...

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