Poems of the Week


by Alex Steelsmith

“The Smithsonian has formed a task force to address the massive collection of human remains held by its museums,
which includes 255 human brains that were removed primarily from dead Black and Indigenous people,
as well as other people of color, without the consent or knowledge of their families.”
Democracy Now

Jiggery diggery,
curious scientists
shouldn’t be looting through
human remains.

Now the Smithsonian’s
holdings are making us
question its brains.