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
Ant Sisters
Anna Lindemann
A Date with an Enfield
A Date with an Enfield
Adam Butcher
Brilliant Darkness: Hotaru in the Night
Brilliant Darkness: Hotaru in the Night
Emily V. Driscoll
A Decay of Control
A Decay of Control
Madison McClintock
To Get in Touch With Crows
To Get in Touch With Crows
Rhona Muehlebach
Blua
Blua
Carolina Charry Quintero
Pizzly Bear
Pizzly Bear
Cecelia Condit
Wolves from Above
Wolves from Above
Demelza Kooij
Birdlime
Birdlime
Evan DeRushie
The Spring
The Spring
Delaney Buffett
Insecta
Insecta
Ramey Newell
Los Mimos Monarcas (The Monarch Mimes)
Los Mimos Monarcas (The Monarch Mimes)
Alexis Gambis
Hairat
Hairat
Jessica Beshir
The Flight of an Ostrich (Schools Interior)
The Flight of an Ostrich (Schools Interior)
Jessica Sarah Rinland
Far Beneath the Seashore
Far Beneath the Seashore
Asya Dyro
Insect Bite
Insect Bite
Grace Nayoon Rhee
Polymer
Polymer
Astrid Goldsmith
Shaheen
Shaheen
Samuel Ridgeway
Kyoto Fruit Flies: Collection and Variation
Kyoto Fruit Flies: Collection and Variation
Shigeyuki Yoshikawa
Deer Flower
Deer Flower
Kangmin Kim
Alles was Irgendwie NütztAll (All What is Somehow Useful )
Alles was Irgendwie NütztAll (All What is Somehow Useful )
Pim Zwier
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