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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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A discussion: How Sisterfriends formed a literate, local epistemological framework for knowing, leadership, and action in the service of Love and in opposition to t/Terror (Jeanine speaks)

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A discussion: How Sisterfriends formed a literate, local epistemological framework for knowing, leadership, and action in the service of Love and in opposition to t/Terror

Asher’s articulation of the place of terror in Nason’s experience with Fissure supported my emerging understanding of the seed of terror in relationships discussed within the inquiry. The concept of “places” extant in the Spectrum of Personhood and in relationships refers to internal sites for research, education, reconciliation and communion, or dissension and discord. These “places” are filled with lived experiences, images, and languages. They couch memories of various types of (un)resolved discussions, questions, desires, intentions, physical touches, and forms of intercourse, in addition to silences upheld mutually (or involuntarily) among partners. These “places” in the Spectrum of Personhood (i.e. our spirit, soul, and flesh/body) hub interactions that nurture or snuff out terrors, provoking them to escalation, nullifying them, or holding them static, in balance…for years, perhaps even a lifetime.

With Nason and Fissure, the places boiled over with microaggressive terroristic abuses (these involve psychologically and emotionally abusive language and neglectful, demeaning social interactions) and macroaggressive ones (these involve all microaggressions in addition to barbaric physical abuses; Nason and Fissure experienced all these terrors in their romantic relationship).39 Without a method ← 183 | 184 → of containing, subverting, or releasing such terrors, an implosion or explosion, as it were, is common and was bound to take place. The physical violence that Nason exacted upon Fissure was a glimpse at how...

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