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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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“I know better than this.” (Or, getting to where it’s at, with or without company) (Jeanine speaks)

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“I know better than this.”

(Or, getting to where it’s at, with or without company)

Kagan contributed Where its at in response to Asher’s story. This is a service. It happens when one fragmented self speaks for/in relation to/in honor of another self. In Where its at, Kagan expresses her understanding of Asher’s situation and location by typifying the road Asher once made by walking with him and exemplifying it in her relationship with Ghost. This poetic offering is special because it is insightful and cooperative. Kagan likens Asher’s experience with her own and yet the two selves are so seemingly different from each other. In Where its at, Kagan expressed what it was like being a Side Chick. Through her voice and story she illustrated how, in the end, the terrors that remained—emotional neglect, mental confusion, and physical abandonment—were not unlike Asher’s terrors. To understand this knowledge better, it is important to note where each self resides. Asher lives near the center of the place of the soul, closest to height of cognitive energy.

Kagan is farther down. She is closer, in the Spectrum of Personhood, to the cusp of soul and flesh/body. She is lower, nearer to the womb and vagina but not quite there. To be clear, in the Spectrum, one can understand the height of personhood as occupying and engendering a realm of the Divine. That place, i.e. spirit, is identified often in sociolinguistic communion through the ethereal...

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