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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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“That’s how I fucked him right back.” (Or, a literacy practice that pays homage to Mukhtaran) (Jeanine speaks)


“That’s how I fucked him right back.”

(Or, a literacy practice that pays homage to Mukhtaran)

To me, Sash is a wonder. This is mainly because, while she resides in me (as, I believe, all fragmentations reside in all women, given circumstances, relationships, and experiences that can coax and grow or mute and stunt them), I am not deeply in touch with her as a fragment of my assembled person. Remember when I told you about location in the Spectrum of Personhood? For a review, see the chapter entitled, “I know better than this.” (Or, getting to where it’s at, with or without company). Location is important to note when figuring out the voice and stories of fragmented selves. Location helps us to understand a fragment’s purpose and passion. So, here’s the skinny on Sash: She resides at the bottom of the soul, guarding, regarding, and inflaming the lowest regions.

Half of Sash is steeped in the flesh/body and her other half breathes just above the perimeter, in the base of the soul. She lives near Kagan (although, Kagan is not as close to the bottom of the soul). And, Kagan is not angry, she’s just loud and bold; Kagan is fabulous and glittery and persistent. She enlivens and seeks titillations and engagements for and from that place. The difference between them is that while Sash is also loud and bold, she is equally profane and coarse and full of rage. Sash is a...

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