SIBLINGS: Our First Macrocosm A Wising Up Anthology
Heather Tosteson, Charles D. Brockett Kathleen L. Housley, Kerry Langan, Michele Markarian Editors
Our families, especially our siblings, provide our first macrocosm. How much of that experience do we carry out into the world as part of our deepest, inchoate expectations of the world or of ourselves? Is birth order destiny? How are we shaped by the constellation we're born into, whether dyad or nebula? What is the appropriate sentiment to have towards those with whom we may share only a preponderance of genes and, before we have any choices in the matter, propinquity? Towards those who knew us before we had a sense of self? Towards those who helped us define what we are not as much as what we are? What happens to us as adults when we return to these first numinous macrocosms trying to understand how they still shape our ways of being?
Fifty-three talented contemporary writers share poetry, memoir, and story that help us explore these questions and invite us to deeper understanding, unexpected insights, release of old grievances and grief, and celebration of the mystery of the present moment which is so core to our early relations, that graced sense of community that often precedes language, insight, all the mechanisms of adult intimacy.
348 pp. ISBN: 978-0-9826933-5-3
Laura Apol ♦ Patricia Barone ♦ Carol Barrett ♦ Sarah W. Bartlett Rachel Squires Bloom ♦ Deborah Burch-Lavis ♦ Brian Burns Katie Glauber Bush ♦ Christa Champion ♦ Lori DeSanti Elizabeth Brule' Farrell ♦ Maureen Tolman Flannery Diane D. Gillette ♦ Rose Hamilton-Gottlieb ♦ Grey Held Charlotte Jones ♦ Kavanaugh ♦ J.S. Kierland Steve Koppman ♦ Susan Lanier ♦ Ruth Latta ♦ Sharon Leder Roseann Lloyd ♦ Katharyn Howd Machan ♦ Paula MacKay Susan Mahan ♦ Frances Ruhlen McConnel ♦ Beth McKim Greggory Moore ♦ Tania Moore ♦ Elaine P. Morgan Sharon Lask Munson ♦ Tim J. Myers ♦ Sarla S. Nichols Ann Podracky ♦ Julie Preis ♦ Andrea Rosenhaft Emily Rubin ♦ Ira Schaeffer ♦ Peter Schmitt ♦ Patti See Alexandrina Sergio ♦ Christine Sikorski ♦ Jill Wilbur Smith Jane St. Clair ♦ Cindy Stewart-Rinier ♦Elizabeth Stoessl Alison Stone ♦ Heather MacDonald Storey ♦ Donald R. Vogel Loretta Diane Walker ♦ Michele Wolf ♦ Gary Young
Reading for Relation, Writing for Insight SIBLINGS: Our First Macrocosm WORKSHOP RESOURCES
We developed these workshop materials to encourage people who find the Siblings: Our First Macrocosm anthology of particular interest and want to explore the topic of sibling relationships and its personal implications more thoroughly through conversations or writing or both. Following the thematic structure of Siblings: Our First Macrocosm, we have suggested some reading selections from each section because they provide good ways to discuss interesting issues common to many sibling relationships. We have provided questions for each selection that include some about the piece itself and others that invite us to share our own experiences with the same issue. In each section, we follow the questions with a writing exercise that allows you to move deeper into the issue if you wish. We have intentionally included more material than you can use in any one, or evenseveral, workshops. Enjoy!