A Modern Bestiary
March 2019

The bestiary was a popular literary format of the middle ages, an illustrated guidebook and vaguely-informed natural history to various creatures one might encounter: ambiguously rendered elephants and hyenas, chimeric manticores and griffins, or even such as the bonnacon, an unverified bull-like animal said to defend itself by firing burning dung at predators. As scientific verification and observation gradually took over from speculation and fabrication, the books fell by the wayside, but its fascination lives on. And in an age of recombinant genetics, interbreeding grizzly and black bears, mermaid shows, and drone-stalking falcons, perhaps surreal inventions have again begun to brush shoulders with the mundane. This issue, in the spirit of the classical bestiary attempts a broad survey of all that may inhabit our world, real, imagined, or created.

Ant Sisters

by Anna Lindemann
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A Date with an Enfield

by Adam Butcher
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Brilliant Darkness: Hotaru in the Night

by Emily V. Driscoll
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A Decay of Control

by Madison McClintock
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To Get in Touch With Crows

by Rhona Muehlebach
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Pizzly Bear

by Cecelia Condit
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Wolves from Above

by Demelza Kooij
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Birdlime

by Evan DeRushie
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The Spring

by Delaney Buffett
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Insecta

by Ramey Newell
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Los Mimos Monarcas (The Monarch Mimes)

by Alexis Gambis
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Hairat

by Jessica Beshir
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The Flight of an Ostrich (Schools Interior)

by Jessica Sarah Rinland
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Far Beneath the Seashore

by Asya Dyro
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Insect Bite

by Grace Nayoon Rhee
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Polymer

by Astrid Goldsmith
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Shaheen

by Samuel Ridgeway
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Kyoto Fruit Flies: Collection and Variation

by Shigeyuki Yoshikawa
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Deer Flower

by Kangmin Kim
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Alles was Irgendwie N├╝tztAll (All What is Somehow Useful )

by Pim Zwier
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