108 pages, 60 colour illustrations
Originating in the Middle Ages, bestiaries were illustrated volumes that described various animals – some real, some mystical. The natural history and illustration of each beast was usually accompanied by a moral lesson. In this beautifully illustrated book, renowned painter Darren Waterston and distinguished poet Mark Doty come together to breathe new life into the medieval genre. Waterston's precise and haunting silhouettes depict species from insect to bird to mammal, captured in motion as they hunt their prey, build their nests, or protect their young. Accompanying these illustrations are Doty's poetic observations on the wonders of the animal world – its panoply of sounds and shapes, its dignity and its cruelty. Lovers of art, animals, and poetry will delight in this elegant volume that captures nature's exquisite and terrible beauty.
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Mark Doty is the author of Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems, for which he won the National Book Award in 2008, and Dog Years, a New York Times bestseller. His writings have appeared in The New Yorker, McSweeney's, The Atlantic Monthly, and many other magazines.
Darren Waterston's paintings, watercolours, and murals have been exhibited internationally and are in many museum collections, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the Seattle Art Museum, and the Portland Art Museum. He lives and works in New York.