In the spirit of Claudia Rankine and Eula Biss, The Year Is Sunday is a surreal meditation on a matriarch’s dementia and the vicissitudes of language, memory, identity, and family. Told through the black-rimmed eyes of an aging goth against the backdrop of an incessant television and broken health care system, The Year Is Sunday explores a family’s attempt to maintain normalcy in opposition to death.
The renowned Arielle Greenberg, author of Slice and several other poetry collections, says, “In Izzy Oneiric’s capable and unsentimental paws, the experience of family-of-origin weirdness revisited and reviewed upon one’s return home in adulthood is transformed into spare gems, little punk-rock pyramid studs along the lapel of a jacket worn by a tough and compassionate survivor. In The Year is Sunday, Oneiric coins the term ‘alta vu’ for ‘eavesdropping on memories that never happened,’ and, faced with their (grand)mother’s end of life, this is what they document: eavesdropping that leads to fearless questions, choices made and circumstances lived through. ‘I want to rescue all of it,’ Oneiric writes, and in recording the tiny and uncanny details woven through difficult experience—what’s on TV, what was in last night’s dream—they do just that.”
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Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 6 × 9
Ink & Paper: Black on Cream
Author: Izzy Oneiric
Release Date: 1 October 2018
Print Run: 100
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About the Author
Izzy Oneiric holds an MFA in Poetry from Columbia College Chicago. Their work has appeared in numerous publications, including PoetryWTF?!, Source Material, Plath Profiles, and Phantom Limb. They are the author of the chapbook From the Bombshell Shelter (Main Street Rag, 2010) and the full-length collection Crossing Bryan Ferry and Other Poems (Lavender Ink Press, 2016). Izzy currently lives in New Orleans and is an Event Coordinator for the New Orleans Poetry Festival.