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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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Your heart’s a mess (Soren responds to Asher: a poem)


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—Soren, to Asher (an articulation of sense and sensuality at an impasse in relating and possible movement toward Supreme Love)

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112 This poem is not data from my study. It is a song by Gotye. It was written by Walter de Backer, A. Attaway William, and Irving Burgie. It is copywritten by Lord Burgess Music Publishing, BMG Ruby Songs, Samples N Seconds Reords Party, Ltd. It was published in 2007, a couple of years after the study ended. I added it because it fits the scenario. Listen to it. Imagine Soren thinking these things, saying these words to Asher, and feeling their meaning in his heart for her. To find the song, type into your browser the link above or search “Your Heart’s a Mess” and Gotye.

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