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.

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