The Thought of Preservation by Keegan Cook Finberg
Ursus Americanus Press is proud to present Keegan Cook Fingerg’s The Thought of Preservation. Keegan Cook Finberg is a poet and a scholar of literature. This is her debut chapbook.
What is the language of displacement? Where does it begin? Is it a language of forgetting? Is its action intentional? Keegan Cook Finberg’s The Act of Preservation uses the source language of neighborhood classifieds to uncover and disclose the sinister gentrification of one of Nashville, TN’s most historic neighborhoods. A kind of erasure to implicate erasure, Finberg opens the voice of white mobility to its ugliest intention, unmasking what is often written off as either simply innocuous or ignorant. The Thought of Preservation is inherently tragedy, its subject cannot be redeemed, the battle was lost. It does, however, provide a text of experience, of warning, of incipient siege.
from "It's All Around Germantown"
"Rustic weathered chestnut and cream
He passed me in the intersection
and said “hey” I returned the “hey”
and kept walking.
high volume of criminal activity
almond milk a dollar cheaper
non residents slipping in,
me, working weekends."