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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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Regarding Asher (Soren’s probable response to Asher’s If…then)


Regarding Asher

(Soren’s probable response to Asher’s If…then)

Although this endarkened, feminist, new literacies event is about women, men’s voices are included (though their stories are not). I include men’s voices to balance and add context to the stories Black women shared about their terror in love. As such, I was thinking…Soren might have something to say in response to If…then (the story) and If…then (the poem). Soren can be understood as a male fragmented self. He is a representation of Alpha energy. He wants to dominate, to lead, to win. Soren persists. He comes out on top. Yet, I don’t see him as base and controlling. Rather, I see him as intent and persistent. Although I could critique him further, I believe it would be unfair to do so without the help of his stories. However, I do want to show what I believe is a balance in this type of fragmentation’s performance of masculinity.

While Soren is singular in his focus—to have Asher, to be inside of her, and to be close to her—I see him as desiring more than her social attention and physical consent. I see him as also having an appetite for prominence in her mind, her heart, and her body. He seems to want The All of her…to know The All of her. I feel confident that he wants to know her in the way I described knowing previously. Remember? Go...

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