Anthropology Magazine

The Emotional Logic of a Black Poetics: Truth, Metaphor, Beauty, Joy

Identity

  • Poetry

    A young child in a blue and yellow winter jacket and red hat sits on the shoulders of an adult in a black jacket as they walk across a bridge next to cars.

    Lessons We Learn

    An anthropologist-poet of the African diaspora holds close family lessons on identity, freedom, and relationship in the midst of an anti-Black society.

  • Poetry

    A person, seen from the chest downward from underwater, sits on a white surf board in turquoise water.

    Surfing in Color

    A poet-anthropologist witnesses people of the African diaspora “riding waves across the surfable globe.”

  • Poetry

    A young protester with curly dark hair and wearing a black shirt raises their fist in front of a group of people holding signs.

    Riot

    A poet-bioarchaeologist of the African diaspora spotlights the aims of protestors who rise up against anti-Black violence, injustice, and white supremacy.

  • Expressions

  • Poetry

    This profile shows a young protestor wearing a large, round, gold earring with a cutout of the African continent and two multicolored headwraps.

    The Voice of Diaspora

    A poet-archaeologist of the African diaspora encourages seeing the multiple meanings of identities and being open to interpretation.