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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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On dichotomies, apologies, and new literacies (Jeanine speaks)

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On dichotomies, apologies, and new literacies

This is the lesson God would have you learn: There is a way to look on everything that lets it be to you another step to Him, and to the salvation of the world. To all that speaks of terror, answer thus:I will forgive and this will disappear.(A Course in Miracles. Lesson #193.)

I am touched by what he said and what he meant. I hope Asher can forgive him and that she can forgive herself. The forgiveness may be hindered only in the event that she is unable to accept new knowledge and ways of being as she authors a new REALITY for herself.Asher’s desire to know and consider being is consistently attached to methods of orientation. She seeks to locate her sensibilities, to offer herself a place from which to move in her REALITIES, and relating, and that place is often rooted in dichotomies. Asher does not like messiness. She will not usually, if ever, dive into inquiry from a place of swirling or circles. She enters a discussion or argument from one “either/or” point and transitions, systematically, from there. As a result, her conclusions and revelations often blossom in relation to a tensely chartered idea, located on one of the binaries she uncovers. His apology disagrees with this approach because it is not straightforward or unilateral. It is full and complicated, even circular. It bears references to yesterdays, maybes, what was, what could have been...

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