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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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If…then (Asher speaks: A poem)



One day, some time ago—when you were angry at me because of my noncompliance and the way I roll my eyes when you decide, the way I second-guess you, show plainly that I do not trust you, cut at the thing in your center that cradles manhood—you asked me a question.

You asked through clenched teeth, with pacing steps. You were full and hurt, almost crying. You wondered out loud what it would take for me to stay with you, to stand beside you and honor you the way you want to be honored.

I thought about your wondering.

I wanted very much to assuage your fears of abandonment

of disconnect   dismissal   disrespect

So I told you.

I can only submit to a man who shows evidence of his journey with a complement of rage and peace in his whole self…flaws and all. Nothing missing nothing broken in his mouth and his movement, not reaching perfection, but reaching righteousness, in order to give all of me. ← 403 | 404 →


If you tell me that you can stop in the midst of your journey and look around at the space you’ve created and see joy and ecstasy and pain and suffering and understand that their balance

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