Just as the moonflower dares to stand and blossom, growing bright and free in the shadows of the night, may these gentle pages inspire you to bloom, bursting with poetry, in the most unexpected of moments.
From celebrated Australian artist Tess Guinery comes The Moonflower Monologues, her second book of beautifully designed poetry and prose. This collection is many things: an exploration of strength and femininity, an invitation to let things go wrong, a reminder that growth comes in many forms, and an acknowledgment that “some things can’t be written in sugar, only salt.” Some of the writings are extravagant, some are sparse, but all are infused with Guinery’s introspection, stillness, and kindness.
Tess Guinery is a dancer by upbringing, a designer by trade, and an artist by calling. After graduating from the Karl Von Busse Institute of Design in Australia, she started her own freelance business. She soon established herself as a sought-after creator, but with design work bursting at the seams, Tess pressed pause and decided to take a sabbatical to explore her inner artist, to express, and ultimately to create unbound—which led her to the making of her tangible art piece, The Apricot Memoirs. She currently lives by the sea in Palm Beach, Australia, with her stuntman husband and their three spirited daughters.