• Poetry

    A long, snaking line ending in a loop connects numerous large, bright white stars from one corner of the sky to the other amid purple, white, and blue stars and clouds in the sky.

    The Cosmic Serpent

    With traditional Carnival celebrations throughout Brazil suspended for a second year in a row due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a poet-anthropologist remembers the sweaty pulse of this exuberant street celebration—and zooms out for a broader view of our karmic journey through life.

  • Poetry

    Unlikely Blessings Glenn H. Shepard Jr.

    Unlikely Blessings

    When the unthinkable happens, how do we even speak? A poet-anthropologist finds a way through a poem written during his infant son’s chemotherapy treatments, caught in the haunting terrain between hope and despair.

  • Poetry

    world poetry day

    The Fish Trap

    SAPIENS celebrates World Poetry Day with a poem by an anthropologist-poet who works with Indigenous peoples in Latin America.

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