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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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Co-orchestrated, creative compositions: Interpreting the form and function of the writings (Jeanine speaks)

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Co-orchestrated, creative compositions: Interpreting the form and function of the writings

Asher’s story (We Make the Road by Walking), which preceded Kagan’s poem (Where it’s at) was comprised of four Sisterfriends’ lived experiences with relational tension and betrayal in a significant romantic relationship. I followed Asher’s voice rising in each member’s talk and writing about the dissolution of her most significant romantic relationship to date and made the four stories one. I understood the stress embedded in them as culminating in a small seed of terror—a troubling and disruptive sensibility that can lead to toxic internal splintering and division. This sensibility can ultimately launch outward, impacting multiple relationships from one sociocultural being (e.g. a woman) who participates in intimate relating with another sociocultural being (e.g. a man or another woman). We were learning that this is where the reverberations of terror begin, with small, small seeds. To build the story and the culminating poems, I accessed the aforementioned literate system of interpretive methods and critical, creative, socially situated practices (disordered coherence, literate witnessing, and reading darkly).

My system was comprised of and devised from a convergence of these practices. Through it, I was able to read, write, speak, and listen in culturally comfortable and socially situated ways that afforded insights into facets of our REALITIES, knowledge, and ways of being. This was especially helpful when encountering aspects of self (such ← 243 | 244 → as Laish or Sash) that forged discomfort and served to disrupt or hinder...

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