Toward Supreme Love in Self – (This Is an Endarkened, Feminist, New Literacies Event)
Getting to the bottom line (Or, “I am with you. That means, I am with you. Regardless.”) (Jeanine speaks)
Getting to the bottom line
(Or, “I am with you. That means, I am with you. Regardless.”)
I believe If…then87 is a beautiful poem. I see it as full of power and promise. I like Asher’s voice. I feel drawn to the balance of her expression in If…then, because of the ways she teeters on the tension she has created in and through it. When I read Asher’s assertions in If…then I understand their origin implicitly. I also understand that the poem may seem, to the eyes of some women, to represent a statement of strength and self-knowledge. This is because her positioning in romantic love and in relation to Soren (her immediate counterpart) is rooted in a complement of desire and rationale, which, to many women, signifies savvy. However, upon closer examination, one can see that these two phenomena (desire and rationale) just barely touch and then separate; in the context of this new literacies event they are like oil and water.88 This disconnect is what ← 411 | 412 → triggers what some might pick up on as a sense of discord in the center of the scope of the poem. Did you feel it? Overall though, Asher’s desire to connect is apparent. She bears the same longing that Soren expressed. The difference is, her longing is hindered by contingencies. In fact, she may be mistaking contingencies for boundaries.
Such a mistake in relating is both common among some women, and also...