Darkmouth Strikes Again by Jay Ponteri
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. Jay Ponteri is the author of Wedlocked(Hawthorne Books, 2013), winner of the Oregon Book Award for creative nonfiction. He has recently published prose in Ghost Proposal, Forklift, Ohio, and Tin House. He teaches at Marylhurst University where he directs the undergraduate writing program and Show:Tell, The Workshop for Teen Writers & Artists.