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Darren Waterston and Mark Doty: Gallery Talk and Book Signing
Please join us for a gallery talk with Mark Doty and Darren Waterston
Followed by a book signing

Celebrating the publication of A Swarm, A Flock, A Host: A Compendium of Creatures
By Mark Doty & Darren Waterston

Saturday, April 6, 2013
4 - 6 pm at DC Moore Gallery

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 read from the book.


A collaboration between a contemporary painter and an award-winning poet, 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, respected 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.

Click here to purchase the book.
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