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A Swarm, a Flock, a Host: Mark Doty & Darren Waterston

In this recording from May 22, 2013, National Book Award-winning poet Mark Doty and prominent artist Darren Waterston have an in-depth discussion about their stunning recently published book, A Swarm, a Flock, a Host: A Compendium of Creatures. Twelve original prints, created by Waterston for the book, are on exhibit for the duration of this event.

Originating in the Middle Ages, bestiaries were illustrated volumes that described various animals--some real, some mystical--providing a natural history, illustration, and moral lesson for each beast. In their beautifully illustrated contemporary book, acclaimed painter Darren Waterston and distinguished poet Mark Doty come together to breathe new life into the medieval genre.

Conceived and organized by Arezoo Mohseni and in its fourth year, Art and Literature Series events, in affiliation with the New York Public Library, bring forth pollinations across the literary and visual arts with readings and discussions by acclaimed artists authors and poets.


New York Public Library


The New York Public Library public programs are recorded and shared with as part of a partnership coordinated by artist, curator and senior librarian Arezoo Moseni. Since 2004 the Artist Dialogues Series has provided an open forum for understanding and appreciation of contemporary art. Artists are paired with critics, curators, gallerists, writers or other artists to converse about art and the potential of exploring new ideas. The program series An Art Book is a celebration of the essential importance and beauty of art books. The events showcase book presentations and discussions by world renowned and emerging artists, critics, curators, designers, historians and writers.