“An ounce of blood is thicker than a pound of friendship.” So goes the Spanish proverb, putting weight on the importance of family bonds. The poetry, video reading, and short stories below are intimate, raw portrayals of these blood ties, exposing the love, disdain, responsibilities, jealousy, and unwavering loyalty between brothers and sisters across time.
That’s what they teach us. Don’t stop and don’t panic.
Million Writers Award 2009 Notable Story
I was always being left behind in the mud.
I will tell you about the sick. They are ruthless.
Now we sit at table, strangers to ourselves.
Mama finally got quiet, and then we couldn’t wake her.
I have to find my brother, I said and he laughed.