Anthropology Magazine

Love Poem for the Shape of the Field


  • Humo ludens collaborans

    dear gretas

    An anthropologist offers a letter-poem for the pandemic era to environmental activist Greta Thunberg—and to the rest of us—while re-envisioning our species as Humo ludens collaborans (humorous playful collaborators).

  • One

    An anthropological poem journeys to the eye of the storm to understand how “race” has no biological basis—and is instead rooted in discrimination. What future for our species?

  • 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.

  • Blinded

    A SAPIENS poetry contest winner peers through imagination’s angled lens to consider a city that is both visible—and invisible.