A Swarm, A Flock, A Host: A Compendium of Creatures
At 4:30 pm, Karen Levine, Executive Editor of Prestel Publishing, will moderate a brief conversation about the bestiary tradition and consider how artists and writers have collaborated on this genre throughout history. Mark Doty will also give a reading from the book.
A collaboration between contemporary painter Darren Waterston and award-winning poet Mark Doty, this 21st-century bestiary is a spellbinding artistic meditation on the mysteries and diversity of the animal kingdom.
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 were usually accompanied by a moral lesson. In this beautifully illustrated book, Darren Waterston and 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.