In front of a window in a dark room, a pen rests on an open notebook on a desk. Yellow sunlight shines through the window and causes a glare.

What Is Anthropological Poetry?

SAPIENS’ poetry editor and inaugural poet-in-residence break down what makes certain poems anthropological and explore how poetry has the potential to transform ways of thinking and being in the world.
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Predominantly White Institutions’ Overtures to Black Students OR This Is What They Tell You Without Telling You

A Black queer anthro-poet unveils the exploitative strategies of many predominantly White institutions that use BIPOC as a broom to sweep their racialized issues under the rug of "diversity."
A person bathed in green light stands under falling water in front of marble walls with bottles on a shelf behind them.

I Carry My Grief With Me, but I Also Carry My Joy

The domino effect of anguish and loss unmoors, but a Black poet-anthropologist carries their joy as ritual—in the palms of their hands, soft, delicate.
A painting of five framed portraits on a wall and young children in color interacting with older people who are black and white.

Lead Me to Life: Voices of the African Diaspora

Through poetry and prose, anthropologists of the African diaspora unveil the echoes of the past in the present.
Cypress trees, yellow and purple flowers, and algae in resting water.

And You Watch as We Make Woodwater Again

SAPIENS Poet-in-Residence Justin D. Wright speaks to the elemental craft of Black survival, photosynthesis, and sweet tea making in an anti-Black racist society.
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The Cookout (and All Other Manners of Heavenly Black Things)

An anthropologist's poem crafts a dream of freedom, peace, and joyous celebration for Black folks who have died as a result of anti-Black and anti-queer violence.

Hush-Hush, a Pale-Horse Cometh: Mirabilis Manducat

An anthropologist traces a lineage of plague, silence, anti-Black racism, white supremacy, and cities.
anti-black racism poetry - Philonise Floyd, brother of George Floyd, who Minneapolis police brutally killed on May 25, testifies at a hearing on police accountability held by the House Judiciary Committee.


A Black anthropologist's poem speaks to anti-Blackness, white supremacy, police brutality and murder, and trans/queer hate and violence.
National Lynching Memorial

The National Lynching Memorial Speaks to My Black ’Bama Body OR Imma Be Here Forever, You Gon’ Remember This

A SAPIENS poetry contest winner immerses themself in a new memorial dedicated to the lynching of more than 4,400 people between 1877 and 1950 in the United States.