Literary Nonfiction. DARKMOUTH STRIKES AGAIN is a lyric essay about metaphors, the self, family, death, language, and art. It speaks to the unspoken, speaks what we think but are too afraid to say aloud. DARKMOUTH attempts to understand sadness while poking breathing holes in it too. If sadness moves inside of us in dark fluent waves, DARKMOUTH attempts (& fails beautifully) to ride them, to rise above them, to keep from sinking beneath. It feels and sings like an epic poem.
excerpt @ Tin House blogJay Ponteri @ Dear Sugar RadioGhoncheh Azadeh @ Daily EmeraldMatt Posky @ Black Warrior Review
Jay Ponteri directs the undergraduate creative writing program at Marylhurst University and Show: Tell, The Workshop for Teen Writers & Artists. He is the founding editor of both the online literary magazine M Review, and HABIT Books. His work has appeared in Tin House, Puerto Del Sol, Seattle Review and was chosen as a Notable Essay in The Best American Essays 2010. His memoir, Wedlocked, won the 2014 Oregon Book Award for Creative Nonfiction. Jay lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and son.Author City: PORTLAND, OR USA