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Finna by Nate Marshall
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Finna by Nate Marshall


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Definition of Finna, created by the author:


finna/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.

These poems consider the brevity and disposability of Black lives and other oppressed people in our current era of emboldened white supremacy, and the use of the Black vernacular in America’s vast reserve of racial and gendered epithets. Finna explores the erasure of peoples in the American narrative; asks how gendered language can provoke violence; and finally, how the Black vernacular, expands our notions of possibility, giving us a new language of hope:

nothing about our people is romantic

& it shouldn’t be. our people deserve

poetry without meter. we deserve our

own jagged rhythm & our own uneven

walk towards sun. you make happening happen.

we happen to love. this is our greatest

action.