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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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A short: On lies, laws, and violations of souls (Jeanine speaks)


A short: On lies, laws, and violations of souls

I dig Asher. She is fierce and definitive. While I tend to resist the hint of acrimony in her sensibility, I appreciate her persistent commitment to inquiry and equity. Asher seeks; she pushes through, no matter what. I was, at first, not sure that Sash and Talon’s diminishing, dismissive reactions and Nason’s lie could be thought of as terrors in and of themselves. I hesitated to label their words and actions that way because the women who arrived at the communion were not prepped with information that would have enabled awareness of what types of risks, exposures, and investments would be required for participation. So, perhaps the scene was unfair. Perhaps Nason’s response to Asher’s invitation was only a lie in Asher’s REALITIES.

And yet, this is a way of life, isn’t it? We are often not ready for invitations to commune. Nonetheless, they are presented to us again and again, ready or not. As a result, I think it is best to prepare (since readiness may, in itself be an illusion) and stay, as much as possible, in that way. Preparation is advisable because in the end, the fertile, interpretive ground of one soul is all that is necessary for a terror to take root however and whenever and from whomever it may come. As such, my lack of certainty may be closing. I am more ready now to agree with Asher’s conclusion.


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