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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.

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Meet 11: Loneliness

31 March, 2017 It was a somewhat lonely session with only three people able to make it. Discussion veered toward the difference between `loneliness' and `solitude'. Wendel Berry wrote ` In solitude one’s inner voices become audible [and] one responds... Continue Reading →

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They’re made out of meat

A short story by science fiction writer, Terry Bisson "They're made out of meat." "Meat?" "Meat. They're made out of meat." "Meat?" "There's no doubt about it. We picked up several from different parts of the planet, took them aboard... Continue Reading →

Meet 9: Fear

Contributions this time explored the nature of fear, the utility of fear and a new (to most of us) genre of story-telling - the chat story. Enjoy... Torture by Hope, a short story (original in French) by Count Villiers de... Continue Reading →

Shiva and Daksha : The story of two fears

This story from the Puranas is a lovely example of fear connected to `control; in diametrically opposite ways..... the father fears loss of control and husband fears control. In the Puranas, ancient chronicles of gods, kings and sages, denial, division and... Continue Reading →

The connect between anger and fear

Anger is an evolutionary strategy that helps us deal with  threats. It focuses our mind on the target, suppresses our fear and drives us to attack. Anger is not evolution's answer to generic "threats." You don't get angry at the... Continue Reading →

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 →

Ogden Nash on Animals

A set of poems by the Ogden Nash, the  American poet well-known for light verse. The Camel The camel has a single hump; The dromedary , two; Or else the other way around. I'm never sure. Are you?  The Octopus... Continue Reading →

Meet 7 : Travel

The theme was `travel'and travel we did... from the dusty desert sands of Afghanistan to the opulent French courts of 1650's and USA of the seventies. Poetry, excerpts from novels to a live-experience activity - we had it all. Vasant Bapat's... Continue Reading →

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