Can’t Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings. The purpose of Can’t Wait Wednesday is to put the spotlight on unreleased books that I can’t wait to read. This week’s Can’t Wait Wednesday is: ” Finna: Poems” by Nate Marshall.
“Dynamic poems that celebrate the Black vernacular and engage with the world through the lens of Hip Hop as well as America’s vast reserve of racial and gendered epithets–from an award-winning author and poet.
fin-na /ˈfinə/ contraction: (1) going to; intending to. rooted in African American Vernacular English. (2) eye dialect spelling of “fixing to.” (3) Black possibility; Black futurity; Blackness as tomorrow.
A lyrical and sharp celebration, these poems consider the brevity and disposability of Black lives and other oppressed people in our current era of emboldened white supremacy. In three key parts, Finna explores the mythos and erasure of names in the American narrative; asks how gendered language can provoke violence; and finally, through the celebration and examination of the Black vernacular, expands the notions of possibility, giving us a new language of hope.”
Why I Can’t Wait:
Language is what brings us together.Vernacular African-American English is often times frowned upon. Those who speak it are often stigmatized or looked at as not being educated. In this book, the author aims to celebrate it versus tearing it down. This, to me, is super important. Vernacular African-American English is a language. It is part of a culture. I’m super excited to check this one out. I have the ARC and plan on reading it in either June or July.
“Finna” by Nate Marshall releases on August 11, 2020.