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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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Interludes: Regarding emerginG statements and questions about this new literacies event (Jeanine speaks)


Interludes: Regarding eme r g i n G statements and questions about this new literacies event

Here is a concern:

I realize that we are functioning from places within the Spectrum of our Personhood. Various voices and stories thriving in these places are empowered with energy; they are promoted and entrenched through our actions. Learning HOW the voices and stories of fragmented selves fuel actions unconsciously (with little to no knowing of underlying intentions, requests, protests, and positions regarding our ways of being…or, worse, with toxic knowing), is key. Learning WHAT the voices say and story is also key. Does our lack of knowing render our REALITIES crippled, foggy, or surreal? What are the unintended consequences of our unexamined, knee-jerk exploits or our measured, contemplated ones?

What do our uninformed actions do to ourselves, our relationships, our perceptions of abilities, rights, reasonableness? How do they suppress or liberate the possibilities we can imagine for love and loving? What does not knowing (i.e. unconsciousness) mean, in the context of our relating to a counterpart (one who is complementing us)? What does not knowing (i.e. unconsciousness) mean, in the context of our relating to a countermand (one who is antagonizing us, abusing us, threatening our very lives…both proverbially and literally)? Is there a difference? I need to understand this better in order to consider deeply ← 425 | 426 → ways of interrupting terror. It has something to do with our voices and stories. I am sure...

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