The StoryBench

We are a community of people who share a love of the written word. We meet to read stories, poems, songs… around a decided theme. This blog is a repository for all that is shared in these meetings.


Meena Kandasamy

Meet 8: Animals

Yes, THAT was the theme. Animals. So, we had some contributions that were bang on target and some that had tenuous links to it and some were ..well... about  animals but not from the realm of literature. Here is what... Continue Reading →

The Flight of Birds

By Meena Kandaswamy “a poem should be wordless as the flight of birds.” —Archibald Macleish, Ars Poetica. birds don’t sing in their flight for them flying is a muse they compose mid-air weave agnostic verse sneering haughtily at our absurdity... Continue Reading →

Meet 6: Holiday

So the theme was `holiday' in keeping with the Christmas spirit. We took to the theme quite literally and come meeting day few of us had much to share that reflected the theme :p So, we said to ourselves, it's... Continue Reading →

Storming in tea-cups

by Meena Kandasamy “a cup of tea is not a cup of tea. . . when you make it at twilight, just for him.” call it a love potion. liquid dreams. scented desire. wishes boiled to a blend. three cinnamon... Continue Reading →

Frenzied light

A poem by Meena Kandasamy. When you called me To light up your life I could never refuse. But, there are things I ask of you. Love, I can’t be a candle For I know it is an ancient lie.... Continue Reading →

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