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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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Don’t Lie (Asher speaks)

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Don’t Lie

What Sash did…or, what she didn’t do, was a tiny affront to terror—the lethal kind that can be sparked by an other. Sash’s silence in the face of terror could, for her, be doubly powerful. In addition to helping her detach from the REALITIES she experienced, her silence could also protect her from further hardening. But, if maintained, it would also stop her acceptance of tenderness and respect that could come later. Her constant resistance could set her up for different disasters, even more t/Terror. I think this is a hard concept to accept…that terror leads to Terror. But think about it. Some people are called to fight Terrorism in infantries and on the front lines of battlefields. They fight through intelligence agencies, federal bureaus, and socioeconomic strategies, laws, campaigns, and boycotts. Others don’t see bloodshed or boardrooms. Some people fight Terrorism by curbing terror… through careful inter- and intrapersonal examinations, spiritual warfare, prayer, consciousness raising, and the support of souls for righteous partnerships.

So, what if there’s real value in examining and managing the beginning of terror and not only the end of Terror? I think I’m on to something. I’m starting to think that when people—women, men, and them—come together to maintain healthy relationships, with themselves and with others, they are positioned to snuff out terrorist ← 275 | 276 → tendencies where they begin: in the human heart and mind, and where they end: in the world at large...

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