Across this remarkable first book are encounters with animals, legendary beasts, and mythological monsters–half human and half something else.

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Bestiary is a masterpiece, mythic and animal and all too heart-rendingly human. It is a book about traumas; it is a book about migration. But for all its sadness, Donika Kelly writes some of the best love poetry I’ve read in years. Maybe that’s because love is beastly by nature, a mish-mash of feelings, an emotional chimera. It’s complex and hard and thrilling and — sorry, I’m getting slightly carried away, this book’s just clocked me. The heart is a muscle the size of your fist, but Bestiary reminds us that it is also a labyrinth — and we are both Theseus and the minotaur.” – Terry

Donika Kelly’s Bestiary is a catalogue of creatures–from the whale and ostrich to the pegasus and chimera to the centaur and griffin. Among them too are poems of love, self-discovery, and travel, from “Out West” to “Back East.” Lurking in the middle of this powerful and multifaceted collection is a wrenching sequence that wonders just who or what is the real monster inside this life of survival and reflection. Selected and with an introduction by the National Book Award winner Nikky Finney, Bestiary questions what makes us human, what makes us whole.

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