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The Revelations of Asher

Toward Supreme Love in Self – (This Is an Endarkened, Feminist, New Literacies Event)

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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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Man up (Asher speaks: A story)

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Man up

Soren and I spent a lot more time together that summer. A lot more. The more time and space we shared, the more clearly I saw how our stories interconnected. There are so many levels to our Us. And so much beauty. A great deal of power. And when we did make love, we did it for real because we filled up our passion with the REALITIES of our friendship. We built our love before we made our love. So, when we really made love, it contained everything. All Things. More than I could ever have imagined. More than Soren imagined too. But, that’s another story….

When I consider our experiences during the-night-I-wasn’t-ready, and the summer months that followed, I realize how important it was for me to get my head and heart straight about the value of men in relationship. Soren’s investment in the pursuit of connection and affection took me off guard. I’d been concerned with the stories of women and their experiences in love and loving. But the stories I’ve read in the world and the Word are not solely about women’s healings. Men need healing too. The stories are about the power women and men can generate when united in the deconstruction of seeds of terror in human hearts. Looking more closely at how men’s words, thoughts, and deeds move terror along its trajectory in the soul and flesh/body provides more information.

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