Introduction

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Welcome to the inaugural issue of Menagerie, our online journal of dark and beautiful things. Each issue will be curated around a central theme, and will be small enough to give each piece the attention it deserves.

We’ve selected these exquisite pieces to represent the theme of the Menagerie — the gilded cage, the overwrought cell, the traveling exhibition. Joyelle McSweeney’s piece is the foundational element of this thematic issue, supported and undercut by Ander Monson’s lyric essay, Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé’s series, and Megan Levad’s trio on the human zoo.

I give you truth in the pleasant disguise of illusion. Enter the Menagerie.