ARC Review: “Finna” by Nate Marshall

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Synopsis

“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.”

My Review

4 stars

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.

Poetry is probably one of my least read genres. That is not to say I do not enjoy it, I do. However, I’m a bit picky when it comes to poetry. So, when I heard about “Finna” ( a word my mother would often correct me for saying when I was younger, because you know…it’s not a “real” word) , my interest was piqued.

I was not prepared for this book. The poems arrived all at once but were thought provoking as well, their words finding me hours after I had finished reading. Although I gravitated towards some poems more than others, this collection of free verse poetry was poignant and truth telling. I even identified with some myself ( I couldn’t say “lie” growing up either). We travel through subjects. Childhood, adulthood, love, family, being Black. This book was honest, it was raw, it was real. I really connected with the words. In short, I enjoyed this book.

Release Date: August 11, 2020

 

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