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Mini Netgalley Review: Finna by Nate Marshall

Blurp: “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.”

Release Date: August 11, 2020

Rating: 5/5

I’m just gonna be up front that this is basically just me telling you to read the book with no explanation. I loved it. It’s real. It’s honest. It’s about the Black experience and you should just go read it.

This was my first time reading anything by Nate Marshall and I will now be checking out everything else he has written and will right. I just wanted to highlight the entire book. He talks about Blackness, masculinity, sexuality, family, Chicago, and so much more.

From the moment I read Landless Acknowledgement I knew this book was going to be great and that EVERYONE needs to read it. I’m having a hard time putting what I want to say about this into actual words. Is it wrong to just shove it at people? Probably. Is it still considered a review if I’m just yelling at everyone to go read the book? There is no reason why you shouldn’t.

Thank you Netgalley and One World for providing me with an E-ARC.

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