A N N O U N C E M E N T S

 

17 July 2019

 

GENTLE REMINDER

I am now reading submissions for our August and September editions

#3:3 and #3:4 of the cherita

Closing dates for submissions are :-

31 July 2019  for our August edition #3:3

and the

31 August 2019 for our September edition #3:4.

 

I look forward to reading your cherita gems. Find the storyteller within and tell me your stories. 

 

ai li

 

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1 July 2019

 

a dream of sleep
edition 3:2
the twenty sixth edition of the cherita

edited by ai li


This edition of a dream of sleep showcases 90 fine cherita and cherita terbalik from writers and poets who hail from UK, USA, Singapore, New Zealand, Canada, Australia, Romania, Poland and India.

http://www.thecherita.com/adreamofsleep/

a dream of sleep is the second edition for our third year.

We have in this edition cherita from a first time writer of the genre. Barun Saha tells me that he is not a professional poet nor a frequent writer, and that he only started writing cherita this year after reading examples on our website and elsewhere. I have encouraged him to stay with his own authentic voice when writing cherita and I look forward to hearing more of his stories.

It is essential to familiarise yourself with the reading of as many cherita as you can lay your hands on to bring about your very own style of writing the genre.

I designed the original and official guidelines to be a broad church of styles to enable writer and poets to freefall into Cherita’s 6 lines of storytelling wonder. The scope and flexibility within Cherita and Cherita Terbalik is limitless.

I would like all newcomers to Cherita to know that I am always on the lookout for new cherita voices from all over the world, and one of the principal reasons for my ongoing Cherita teaching class in London, is to discover more UK voices as we seem to be so short of them in the cherita.

So all are welcome. Sharing our timeless and heartfelt stories can bring about a healing connection for many of us.

Thank you to all who participated in this edition and who have helped bring us all closer together through Cherita, and via the age old potent use of storytelling.

I have edited a dream of sleep as I have all the other editions of the cherita to be experienced two ways. It can be read as one storybook but also as an anthology of individual poems. Two reading experiences within one book, filled with stories of Life, Love and Loss.

cherita terbalik continues to capture the imagination of poets and there are again fine examples in this edition.

Featured Poets as they appear in this edition :-

Peter Jastermsky/ Larry Kimmel/ Pat Geyer/ Patricia Prime/ Mark Gordon/ Robert Horrobin/ Keitha Keyes/ Kath Abela Wilson/ Taura Scott/ Giddy Nielsen-Sweep/ Joanna Ashwell/ Paweł Markiewicz/ ai li/ paula song sarmonpal/ Réka Nyitrai / wendy c. bialek/ Michael H Lester/ Maryalicia Post/ Ron Scully/ Barun Saha/ Hazel Hall/

EXAMPLE OF WORK:

to write

as if
you could reach
into a chest

and squeeze
a heart

Larry Kimmel

 

The cherita lighthouse has been awarded to the following writers/poets in this edition for their timeless cherita :-

Patricia Prime/Mark Gordon/ Giddy Nielsen-Sweep/ Kath Abela Wilson/ Paweł Markiewicz/ Joanna Ashwell/ Maryalicia Post/ Taura Scott/ Ron Scully/ Réka Nyitrai/ wendy c. bialek/ Larry Kimmel/

I have enjoyed the challenge of selecting and collating for this edition and hope that you will find the cherita within worthy of a campfire gathering and the sharing of meaningful stories.

If this new edition strikes a chord with you, please feel free to review, comment on Amazon or give a feedback directly to me. Many thanks.

 

ai li
editor

To purchase a print copy and/or a kindle book, please click on the cover below
N.B. There are no images in the print and kindle versions of the cherita.

 

FOR USA ONLY

Please be aware that US buyers of the print versions of the cherita will be offered the kindle version for only $2.99, via the Amazon Matchbook program [only available in the USA].

Please also be aware that due to limitations in the Amazon publishing process, it may take several days after a book launch, for the Amazon Matchbook offer to appear. If you are in the USA, and have already purchased both print and kindle versions of the cherita, and did not receive this offer, please contact Amazon for a refund of the difference.

GENTLE REMINDER

Once we notify you that we have accepted your poems for publication, either in the online journal or print journal, please do not share or submit your work elsewhere until we have published your work, or the editor will withdraw your work from publication. We also ask that you refrain from republishing your work in any medium for 90 days from publication in the cherita: your storybook journal.Thanks.

 

copyright © the cherita 2019

 

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11 June 2019

 

GENTLE REMINDER

I am now reading submissions for our July and August editions

#3:2 and #3:3 of the cherita

Closing dates for submissions are :-

30 June 2019  for our July edition #3:2

and the

31 July 2019 for our August edition #3:3.

 

I look forward to reading your cherita gems. Find the storyteller within and tell me your stories. 

 

ai li

 

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1 June 2019

 

you bring me
edition 3:1 of the cherita
anniversary and the twenty fifth edition
edited by ai li

Welcome to the first edition of the third year of the cherita and Cherita’s 22nd birthday.

You have made this continuity possible by writing and submitting all your cherita gems for consideration.

This edition of you bring me showcases 90 fine cherita and cherita terbalik from writers and poets who hail from UK, USA, Singapore, New Zealand, Poland, Canada, Romania, Australia, Ireland and India.

http://www.thecherita.com/youbringme/

This anniversary edition, in my opinion, is full of promise for the longevity of Cherita. For those of you who are not new to the genre, you have demonstrated that Cherita allows a writer/poet to widen their style of writing Cherita by introducing new ways of re-telling their very own or heard stories. For those of you who are new to Cherita, I encourage you read up on as many examples of the genre you can get your hands on and experience what Cherita, with its 6 lines format and terbalik possibilities can bring to your writing experience.

While it is perfectly fine to write Cherita as diary or journal entries, if, however, you would like your writing efforts to be published in thcherita, I would advise you to discover or channel a new way of looking at the everyday, where all our Life, Love and Loss stories emanate from. If you can bring a subtle kind of lyricism and a hint of Oriental sensitivity into your Cherita offerings, these qualities will elevate your pieces with a timelessness that will make them stand out from the mundane. This quality of writing will further connect us all with their authentic and heartfelt sentiments of who we are as human beings, of the myriad of feelings, trials and tribulations we go through in our lives, despite our many differences.

Why not become the Cherita Wordsmith you were destined to be ?

I have edited you bring me as I have all the other editions of the cherita, to be experienced two ways. It can be read as one storybook but also as an anthology of individual poems. Two reading experiences within one book, filled with stories of Life, Love and Loss.

cherita terbalik continues to capture the imagination of poets and there are again fine examples in this edition.


Featured Poets as they appear in this edition :-

Kath Abela Wilson/ Patricia Prime/ ai li/ Peter Jastermsky/ Joanna Ashwell/ Pat Geyer/ Michael H Lester/ Paweł Markiewicz/ Larry Kimmel/ Michael Lee Johnson/ Mark Gordon/ Hazel Hall/ Taura Scott/ Robert Horrobin/ Geoffrey Winch/ Maryalicia Post/ Pravat Kumar Padhy/ Keitha Keyes/ paula song sarmonpal/ Jonathan Vos Post/ Giddy Nielsen-Sweep/ Joan Stern/ Joyce Futa/ Réka Nyitrai/ Mary Gunn/ Debbie Strange/

 

EXAMPLE OF WORK :

 

in darkness

the comet shower
a touch across space

the light trails
we miss
while we sleep

 

Joanna Ashwell

 

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The cherita lighthouse has been awarded to the following writers/poets in this edition for their timeless cherita :-

Michael H Lester/ Michael Lee Johnson/ Patricia Prime/ Mark Gordon/ Hazel Hall/ Geoffrey Winch/ Joanna Ashwell/ paula song sarmonpal/ Robert Horrobin/ Réka Nyitrai/ Larry Kimmel/ Peter Jastermsky/

 

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Being an anniversary month and to further celebrate Cherita’s special birthday, I have decided to launch two new books of mine – one with exclusively cherita, and the other with cherita, tanka and haiku.

 

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finding the magic
ai li’s fourth book of exclusively cherita
and her seventh book which includes Cherita

This is my twenty sixth book and it belongs to my Poems for Inner Rooms series which are all available in paperback and on kindle on Amazon.

http://www.thecherita.com/ailis-bookshop/

 

Here is one example from finding the magic :-

 

burning the night

with sweet caramel
while you sleep

nothing moves
not even the breeze
of time

 

This book of 90 virgin cherita poems belongs to a collection of life journals written as contemporary cherita, tanka and haiku. These are poems for inner rooms. They take poetry into the realm of spirit and are touched by zen, loss, joy, the surreal, temps perdu, the erotic, humour, truth, the everyday, and the sublime. All the six senses are here.

The book has been edited to be experienced two ways very much like the cherita. It can be read as a storybook and as an anthology of individual poems.

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i remember a night
ai li’s first book of cherita, tanka and haiku
and her eighth book which includes Cherita

It is my twenty seventh book and it belongs to my Poems for Inner Rooms series which are all available in paperback and on kindle on Amazon.

http://www.thecherita.com/ailis-bookshop/

Here is one example from each of the three genres within i remember the night :-

 

in the backwoods

i sleep nude
and the owl

telling anyone
who can
hear him

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love for sale
a discreet
red porchlight
the screen door
creaking dreams

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pray you said but the fog returned

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This book of 90 virgin cherita, tanka and haiku poems belongs to a collection of life journals written as contemporary cherita, tanka and haiku. These are poems for inner rooms. They take poetry into the realm of spirit and are touched by zen, loss, joy, the surreal, temps perdu, the erotic, humour, truth, the everyday, and the sublime. All the six senses are here.

The book has been edited to be experienced two ways very much like the cherita. It can be read as a storybook and as an anthology of individual poems.

These two new books above explore my ongoing search for true identity and self and why we should not be afraid to be our true selves. My cherita, tanka and haiku will take you on a healing journey with words, minimal in content, but overflowing with personal truths and the deepest of emotions. I write without armour.

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I have enjoyed the challenge of selecting and collating for this edition and hope that you will find the cherita within worthy of a campfire gathering and the sharing of meaningful stories.

If this new edition strikes a chord with you, please feel free to review, comment on Amazon or give a feedback directly to me. Many thanks.

 

ai li
editor

 

 

22 May 2019

 

OUR WEBSITE VISITORS OVER THE LAST YEAR
FROM 22 MAY 2018 – 22 MAY 2019
FROM THESE FOLLOWING COUNTRIES
IN THE ORDER OF VISIT FREQUENCY

 

USA, Canada, China, Ukraine, France, Germany, UK, Australia, India, Russian Federation, Netherlands, Ireland, Singapore, Italy, Poland, Republic of Korea, Brazil, Lithuania,  Spain, Romania, Vietnam, Israel, Japan, Indonesia, Sweden, Turkey, Thailand, Malaysia, Denmark, Hong Kong, Norway, South Africa, Switzerland, Greece, Austria, Finland, Portugal, Pakistan, Phillipines, Czech Republic, Hungary, Bulgaria, Bangladesh, Iran, Belarus, Latvia, Mexico, Taiwan, Slovakia, Ghana, Luxembourg, Croatia, Republic of Moldova,  New Zealand, Serbia,  Seychelles, United Arab Emirates, Chile, Argentina, Colombia, Nigeria, Belgium, Saudi Arabia, Costa Rica, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Morocco, Kenya, Egypt, Cambodia, Slovenia, Sri Lanka, Algeria,  Albania, Ecuador, Panama, Jamaica, Liberia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of, Estonia, Kyrgyzstan,  Oman, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Togo, Mongolia, Peru, Azerbaijan, Tunisia, Malta, Angola, Palestine, State of, Honduras, Libya, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Macao, Mozambique, Qatar, Senegal, Nepal,  Cameroon, Namibia, Armneia, Macedonia (the former Yugoslav Republic of), Congo (the Democratic Republic of the), Mauritius, Syrian Arab Republic, Bolivia, Plurinational State of,  Mali, Lebanon, Dominican Republic, Virgin Islands (British), Guernsey, Rwanda, Côte d’Ivoire, Bahamas, Cape Verde, Jordan, Tanzania, United Republic of,  Timor-Leste, Haiti, Martinique, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Suriname, Benin, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iceland and  New Caledonia.

 

THE NUMBER OF COUNTRIES JUST BLOWS ME AWAY.

 

 

 

17 May 2019

 

GENTLE REMINDER

I am now reading submissions for our June and July editions

#3:1 and #3:2 of the cherita

Closing dates for submissions  are

31 May 2019  for our June edition #3:1,
and the 30 June 2019 for our July edition #3:2.

The June edition will also celebrate Cherita’s 22nd birthday 1997 – 2019.

I look forward to reading your cherita gems. Find the storyteller within and tell me your stories. 

 

ai li

 

 

1 May 2019

 

morning light
edition 2:12
the twenty fourth edition of the cherita

edited by ai li

Greetings from Kuala Lumpur.

I was in Singapore last week where I met up with an enthusiastic gentleman who was at my 7th January lecture at the Peranakan Museum. He enjoyed trying his hand at writing Cherita for the very first time and what transpired between us was a very informal and gratis cherita masterclass which ultimately proved poetically rewarding for both of us. Singapore has always been my mother’s spiritual home and I am more than thrilled to have been able to encourage a new Cherita voice to blossom. I would like to give Anderson my heartfelt thanks.

This edition of morning light showcases 90 fine cherita and cherita terbalik from writers and poets who hail from UK, USA, Singapore, New Zealand, Ireland, Trinidad, Poland, Romania and India.

morning light

morning light is the fifth edition for 2019. The next edition of the cherita will be an anniversary edition of Cherita celebrating its 22nd birthday [1997 – 2019].

As usual, I have donned my storyteller hat, took on the challenge of selecting and collating all your acceptances into one coherent story. Within that long and sometimes complex 90 cherita story are also all your varied stories, potent with your individual voices, gifting us with the bonus of more stories after the long story is read, to enable us to lose ourselves in their 6 lines.

I can never thank all of you enough for so generously sending in your cherita gems to be considered. Long may we tell and share our stories.

Please join me on the voyage to come. Let’s bring in another year of fine cherita to grace the cherita.

I have edited morning light as I have all the other editions of the cherita, to be experienced two ways. It can be read as one storybook but also as an anthology of individual poems. Two reading experiences within one book, filled with stories of Life, Love and Loss.

cherita terbalik continues to capture the imagination of poets and there are again fine examples in this edition.

 

Featured Poets as they appear in this edition :-

Joanna Ashwell/ Peter Jastermsky/ paula song sarmonpal/ Jimmy Pappas/ Richard Milton Grahn/ Patricia Prime/ ai li/ Larry Kimmel/ Gillena Cox/ Pat Geyer/ Michael H Lester/ Wendy C. Bialek/ Paweł Markiewicz/ Maryalicia Post/ Kath Abela Wilson/ Rachel B. Baxter/ Réka Nyitrai/ Robert Horrobin/ arvinder kaur/ Jackie Chou/ Michael Lee Johnson/ Sharon Hawley/ Taura Scott/ Pauli Dutton/ Peter Larsen/Tom Callahan/

EXAMPLE OF WORK :

 

one last goodbye

between us
a final hug and kiss

adrift now
I wander into the kitchen
to make tea

Patricia Prime

 

I have enjoyed the challenge of selecting and collating for this edition and hope that you will find the cherita within worthy of a campfire gathering and the sharing of meaningful stories.
If this new edition strikes a chord with you, please feel free to review, comment on Amazon or give a feedback directly to me. Many thanks.

 

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4 April 2019

 

GENTLE REMINDER

I am now reading submissions for our May edition #2:12 of the cherita – closing date for submissions 30 May 2019 and also for our June edition #3:1 of the cherita, which will be the first edition for the start of our third year of being – closing date for submissions 31 May 2019.

This June edition will also celebrate Cherita’s 22nd birthday 1997 – 2019.

I look forward to reading your cherita gems. Tell me your stories. I’m all ears.

 

ai li

 

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1 April 2019

 

a warm night
edition 2:11
the twenty third edition of the cherita

edited by ai li

 

This edition of a warm night showcases 90 fine cherita and cherita terbalik from writers and poets who hail from UK, USA, Singapore, New Zealand, Ireland, Poland, Canada, Trinidad and Portugal.

a warm night

a warm night is the fourth edition for 2019. There is just one more edition to come before the cherita begins its third year of being, in June of this year.

I have included two cherita from one of my new students, Cherie Ghasemloo. She appears to be a natural storyteller and I look forward to seeing more of her cherita in the near future.

Your cherita and strong and supportive loyalty have made all these editions possible. the cherita has gone from strength to strength, and there are now 25 strong and timeless editions in the library of the cherita housing your collective stories on Life, Love and Loss.

I welcome all new storytellers who are waiting in the wings to join our other contributors. Your stories deserve to be heard.

I know that I often repeat my grateful thanks to all of you with each edition but I would like to assure you that I take nothing for granted. Your generous sharing of new stories via Cherita take us all on a deep journey of healing and help guide us all towards the light.

I have edited a warm night as I have all the other editions of the cherita, to be experienced two ways. It can be read as one storybook but also as an anthology of individual poems. Two reading experiences within one book, filled with stories of Life, Love and Loss.

cherita terbalik continues to capture the imagination of poets and there are again fine examples in this edition.

 

Featured Poets as they appear in this edition :-

 

Peter Jastermsky/ ai li/ Larry Kimmel/ paula song sarmonpal/ Gillena Cox/ Patricia Prime/ Kath Abela Wilson/ Richard Milton Grahn/ Jimmy Pappas/ Matsukaze/ Maryalicia Post/ Michael H Lester/ Paweł Markiewicz/ Carol Purington/ Joanna Ashwell/ Debbie Strange/ Robert Horrobin/ Pat Geyer/ Wendy C. Bialek/ jan oskar Hansen/ Robin White/ Cherie Ghasemloo/ Joan Stern/

 

EXAMPLE OF WORK :

 

the moon tonight

full and seamless
in the sky’s depths

hot enough
to sit outside
drinking in its beauty

 

Patricia Prime

 

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UPDATE on
once upon a cherita . . . my lecture at the U3A, Belsize Park, London
on Wednesday 20 March 2019 by ai li, editor and publisher of the cherita

 

 

i make my way

to the lighthouse
but night

is already there
teaching you
to shine

 

ai li

 

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a white butterfly
in my garden
many years ago
memory
giving it flowers

 

ai li

 

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in every late night bar your perfume

 

ai li

 

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These are three published examples of my short form poetry of the sixty three cherita, tanka and haiku that I shared with the U3A audience on the morning of 20 March. I tweaked my original Singapore lecture a little, to better suit a UK audience, and this version too, was very well received.

A bouquet of exquisite fresh exotic dark orchids was in the lecture room when I arrived for my presentation. I was extremely moved by this well-wishing gift. This more than generous gesture was from Maryalicia Post, a fine Cherita writer and poet and loyal contributor to the journal. I would like to thank her again, this time in print, for her kindness and thoughtfulness.

My heartfelt and grateful thanks also go out to everyone who attended, especially my London friends, who very kindly took time off from their busy schedules to be with me. I was very touched by their generous support and presence.

We all sat down together and tucked into a delicious lunch at our café after the lecture and had a whale of a time catching up on all our news.

 

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I have enjoyed the challenge of selecting and collating for this edition and hope that you will find the cherita within worthy of a campfire gathering and the sharing of meaningful stories.
If this new edition strikes a chord with you, please feel free to review, comment on Amazon or give a feedback directly to me. Many thanks.

 

ai li
editor
www.thecherita.com

 

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27 March 2019

 

GENTLE REMINDER

I am now reading submissions for our May edition #2:12 of the cherita – closing date for submissions 30 April 2019.

I look forward to reading your cherita gems. Tell me your stories. I’m all ears.

 

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20 March 2019

 

UPDATE ON MY U3A LECTURE

I was absolutely delighted with the response I had from my lecture today at the U3A, and would like to thank my friends and everyone else who took the time to be with me today. My slightly revised lecture worked equally well which was a huge relief for me. I will be posting comments and a few images on our Lecture page in the coming days.

 

ai li

 

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16 March 2019

 

once upon a cherita . . .
lecture 
at the U3A, Belsize Park, London

on Wednesday 20 March 2019
by ai li, editor and publisher of the cherita

 

As you may be aware, I will be reprising my Singapore lecture of once upon a cherita . . . at the U3A in Belsize Park, London on Wednesday 20 March 2019 from 11.35 – 12.35 am. This will be an hour long talk with a power point presentation of vintage archival family photographs and text, and concluding with Q & A from the floor.

This is a gentle reminder for anyone interested in attending this presentation and who are not members of U3A.  Please will you get in touch with me at aili@thecherita.com  as you will need me to sign you in at reception, and then accompany you through the building to the lecture room itself. I will email you all the info you need for the day when you write to me of your interest.

 

ai li

 

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28 February 2019

leaves blown
edition 2:10
the twenty second edition of the cherita

edited by ai li

This edition of leaves blown showcases 90 fine cherita and cherita terbalik from writers and poets who hail from UK, USA, Singapore, New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, Romania, France, Poland and Canada.

leaves blown

leaves blown is the third edition for 2019. As we slowly go into Spring over here, the days promise longer hours and I have seen the first crocus and snowdrops around the corner from my home – which was such a treat. The promise of renewal is so potent this time of year with the return of bluer skies.

Thank you again for all your wonderful cherita which have helped make this edition another strong book of stories for the soul. I could not have done this without all your help. You have my heartfelt thanks for your strong and loyal support for the cherita.

I have edited leaves blown as I have all the other editions of the cherita, to be experienced two ways. It can be read as one storybook but also as an anthology of individual poems. Two reading experiences within one book, filled with stories of Life, Love and Loss.

cherita terbalik continues to capture the imagination of poets and there are again fine examples in this edition.

 

Featured Poets as they appear in this edition :-

 

Peter Jastermsky/ Patricia Prime/ ai li/ Joanna Ashwell/ paula song sarmonpal/ Ben Taylor/ Kath Abela Wilson/ Jimmy Pappas/ Richard Milton Grahn/ Matzukaze/ Maryalicia Post/ Michael H Lester/ Robert Horrobin/ Josette D’Orazio/ Réka Nyitrai/ Richard Dutton/ Sharon Hawley/ Joyce Futa/ Larry Kimmel/ Keiko Amano/ BG Callahan/ Keitha Keyes/ Paweł Markiewicz/ Carol Purington/ Debbie Strange/ Josette Michele D’Orazio/ Tim Callahan/ James Haddad/ Peggy Castro/ Liz Goetz/ Alicia Viguer-Espert/ Pauli Dutton/

 

EXAMPLE OF WORK:

 

awaiting Godot

a woman lost
in translation

only the rain
speaks her language
monosyllabic

 

Réka Nyitrai

 

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once upon a cherita . . . lecture at the U3A, Belsize Park, London
on Wednesday 20 March 2019
by ai li, editor and publisher of the cherita

As you may be aware, I will be reprising my Singapore lecture of once upon a cherita . . . at the U3A in Belsize Park, London on Wednesday 20 March 2019 from 11.35 – 12.35 am.. This will be an hour long talk with a power point presentation of vintage archival family photographs and text, and concluding with Q & A from the floor.

For anyone interested in attending this presentation and who are not members of U3A, please get in touch with me as you will need me to sign you in at reception, and then accompany you through the building to the lecture room itself. I will email you all the info you need for the day when you write to me of your interest.

 

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night rain
by ai li

the launch of ai li’s first book of cherita and haiku
which features 90 virgin Cherita and Haiku, with a one poem to a page format, and now available in paperback and on kindle on Amazon.

This is ai li’s twenty fifth book and her first book of cherita and haiku and belongs to her Poems for Inner Rooms series which are all available on Amazon.

http://www.thecherita.com/ailis-bookshop/

night rain explores the poet’s search for true identity and self and why we should not be afraid to be our true selves. ai li’s cherita and haiku will take you on a healing journey with words, minimal in content, but overflowing with personal truths and the deepest of emotions. She writes without armour.

One example from my new book :

 

waking up in the far east

where i was born
the light of generations

before me
coming down
like prayer

 

ai li

copyright ai li 2019

 

I have enjoyed the challenge of selecting and collating for this edition of the cherita and hope that you will find the cherita within worthy of a campfire gathering and the sharing of meaningful stories.

If this new edition strikes a chord with you, please feel free to review, comment on Amazon or give a feedback directly to me. Many thanks.

ai li
editor
www.thecherita.com

 

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20 February 2019

 

once upon a cherita . . . lecture by ai li at the U3A on Wednesday 20 March 2019 at 11.35 am

I am reprising my once upon a cherita lecture on cherita and storytelling at the U3A, 213 Haverstock Hill, Belsize Park London NW3 4QP on Wednesday 20 March 2019 at 11.35 am. This presentation will be an hour long, accompanied by a power point presentation of vintage archival family photographs and text, and concluding with Q & A from the floor.

I was honoured as a Straits Chinese woman to have been invited to give a lecture at the prestigious Peranakan Museum in Singapore at the start of this year on 7 January 2019, where a large number of my late mother’s personal collection of fine kebayas, sarongs, and related accessories have found a permanent home. My talk was very well received and this prompted me to reprise my lecture in London.

https://www.peranakanmuseum.org.sg/whats-on/lectures/7jan2019_aili

My lecture in London will also take you into the timeless world of stories and storytelling with my personal Peranakan family stories, published cherita and other short poems.

You are all invited to step into the vanishing world of the Peranakans – the Straits Chinese of old Malaya and Singapore.

If you are interested in attending my lecture but are not a member of U3A, please can you let me know by email as you will need me to sign you in at reception, and then accompany you through the building to the lecture room 2.21 itself.

It would be great to see you on the day.

 

ai li

 

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1 February 2019

 

the sound of water
edition 2:9, the twenty first edition of the cherita
edited by ai li

The Year of the Pig is almost upon us. Come 5th February and the Chinese New Year will hopefully usher in a year of good fortune and luck for all of us according to the elders.

It seems appropriate at this point in time for me to say a few lines about my recent once upon a cherita . . . Singapore lecture at the Peranakan Museum on Monday 7 January 2019.

The Peranakan Museum is the major museum for the Straits Chinese, and not only does it explore the art and culture of Straits Chinese communities in South East Asia, but it houses one of the finest & most comprehensive public collections of Peranakan objects. Peranakan simply means ‘local born’ in Malay. The Peranakan Chinese are the offspring & descendants of traders from the southern ports of china such as Amoy [now Xiamen], who then settled & made their homes in the Dutch East Indies [now Indonesia] & the Straits Settlements of Malacca, Penang and Singapore. As early as the 14th century, these foreign traders married local women, likely to have been of Javanese, Balinese or Batak origin.

I am Straits Chinese or Peranakan as we call ourselves, from my mother’s side of the family and I was hugely honoured by the invitation for me to give a presentation at this prestigious museum where a large number of my late mother’s personal collection of fine kebayas, sarongs, and related accessories have found a permanent home.

Both my talk about Cherita and storytelling, and my power point presentation of vintage family photographs were very well received. The Curator graced the Ixora Room with her presence, and I was honoured by her attendance. There was also enthusiastic support from my close family and friends. The audience was intelligent and their collective enthusiasm helped inspire and spur me on. There was a Q & A at the end, interesting questions were asked and I tried my best to answer all of them. I have since had some early feedback which were also encouraging to say the least. I loved the overall experience, and was buoyed up by how much the poems resonated with the audience, and how storytelling will never lose its powerful appeal when written from the heart.

Depending on my work schedule, I may consider re-taping my presentation to share with all of you.

I will also be reprising my once upon a cherita lecture at the U3A at Belsize Park, London on Wednesday 20 March 2019 for those of you who may have missed my Far East talk. This will be an hour long followed by Q&A. Full details will be posted on our Announcements page closer to the date. For anyone interested in attending this presentation and who are not members of U3A, please get in touch with me as you will need me to sign you in at reception, and then accompany you through the building to the lecture room itself.

Thank you to everyone who very kindly sent encouraging good wishes to me prior and post lecture. I was more than grateful and was cushioned by all your positive energy.

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under raintrees launched in Mumbai on Christmas Day 2018

Arvinder Kaur’s sensitive translation of a well selected group of my cherita into Hindi and Punjabi had its successful launch in Mumbai on 25 December 2018.

In Arvinder’s words :

‘I will be reading many of your cherita as examples. Some of them touch me to the core of my heart. . . . You must be in between your travels. Just wanted to share this wonderful news with you that ‘ under raintrees’ was released yesterday in Mumbai in front of an extremely receptive and warm audience. People marvelled at the immense possibilities of the genre and loved the entire concept. Will be sending a few pictures in another mail.’

Arvinder deserves all the accolades as she has worked tirelessly on under raintrees. I am indebted to her for introducing Cherita to an even wider audience of would-be storytellers with their own personal stories to hopefully share with all of us one day.

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This edition of the sound of water showcases 90 fine cherita and cherita terbalik from writers and poets who hail from UK, USA, Singapore, New Zealand, Australia, Pakistan, Canada, Lithuania, Ireland, Poland, India, Portugal and Sweden.

 

http://www.thecherita.com/thesoundofwater/

 

the sound of water is the second edition for 2019. I still find it hard to believe that the cherita is fast approaching its third year of being, come June of this year. Your collective stories and help have made the journal into a serious literary vehicle for cherita, continuing the storytelling tradition, and passing the telling of stories onto an even wider world audience. You have my heartfelt gratitude always for sharing all your cherita, and for your ongoing and continued support. It makes all the hard work rewarding and worthwhile.

We are not quite out of the Winter season over here just yet but already I am inspired to write about the forthcoming months of the promise of renewal to come. I hope you will too, and hopefully share your cherita gems as we go into a blossom scented Spring.

I have edited this edition as I have all the other editions of the cherita, to be experienced two ways. It can be read as one storybook but also as an anthology of individual poems. Two reading experiences within one book, filled with stories of Life, Love and Loss.

cherita terbalik continues to capture the imagination of poets and there are again fine examples in this edition.


Featured Poets as they appear in this edition :-

Christine L. Villa/ ai li/ Joanna Ashwell/ Tia Haynes/ Michael H Lester/ Patricia Prime/ Peter Jastermsky/ Kath Abela Wilson/ Madhuri Pillai/ paula song sarmonpal/ Autumn Noelle Hall/ B.S.Saroja/ Jack Priestnall/ Hifsa Ashraf/ Debbie Strange/ Wendy C. Bialek/ Paweł Markiewicz/ Maryalicia Post/ Jimmy Pappas/ Richard Milton Grahn / Robert Horrobin/ Matsukaze/ Ruth Ingram/ jan oskar hansen/ Marilyn Humbert/ Marcus Liljedahl/ Mark Gordon/ Ben Taylor/ Artűras Šilanskas/

 

EXAMPLE OF WORK:

at dusk

in touch
with my need

to disrobe
in
the monastery window

 

ai li

 

Wishing you all a great Year of the Pig and thank you again for all your strong and loyal support.

If this new edition strikes a chord with you, please feel free to review, comment on Amazon or give a feedback directly to me. Many thanks.

ai li
editor
www.thecherita.com

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1 January 2019

 

whisper me free
edition 2:8, the twentieth edition of the cherita
edited by ai li

This edition of whisper me free showcases 90 fine cherita and cherita terbalik from writers and poets who hail from UK, USA, Singapore, Canada, Lithuania, France, Australia, New Zealand, India and Pakistan.

Some of you may have noticed that this edition was launched ahead of schedule on Amazon. As I knew I would be travelling during the festive period when I was supposed to be launching this edition, I decided it was prudent to err on the side of caution and go for an early launch instead.

whisper me free is the first edition for 2019. I will now be able to share the book with the audience on the evening of my lecture at the Peranakan Museum in Singapore on Monday 7 January 2019, because of its early launch. I will be taking along my personal copy.

Three of the new budding cherita poets – paula song sarmonpal, Ruth Ingram and Mekhled Alzaza, from my cherita writing course have their work featured in this edition. They have come to the genre cold, as it were, and I have had the great pleasure and honour of seeing them blossom in the shortest space of time which I find inspirational. They were eager to share their life stories and I was eager to hear them speak cherita. I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for taking the plunge into cherita and surfacing with their 6 lines of wonder.

I have decided to not renew my subscription with the e-card company I have used for the last year, as I discovered that their new card designs were slow in appearing on their website which rather limited what I could share with you for 2019. I will be searching for a new e-card company, and if my search proves fruitful, will reinstate the greeting e-cards in my mailshot to all of you. My apologies.

I have edited this edition as I have all the other editions of the cherita, to be experienced two ways. It can be read as one storybook but also as an anthology of individual poems. Two reading experiences within one book, filled with stories of Life, Love and Loss.

cherita terbalik continues to capture the imagination of poets and there are again fine examples in this edition.


Featured Poets as they appear in this edition :-

Shoshanah Steinberg/ ai li/ Kath Abela Wilson/ Joanna Ashwell/ Tia Haynes/ Christine L. Villa/ James Haddad/ Elva Lauter/ Joanne Morcom/ Peter Jastermsky/ Patricia Prime/ Peter Larsen/ Geoffrey Winch/ Larry Kimmel/ Madhuri Pillai/ Ruth Ingram/ paula song sarmonpal/ Keitha Keyes/ Autumn Noelle Hall/ Samantha Sirimanne Hyde/ B.S.Saroja/ Artűras Šilanskas/ Jack Priestnall/ Ben Taylor/ Hifsa Ashraf/ Debbie Strange/ Mekhled Alzaza/ Maryalicia Post/ Paweł Markiewicz/ Wendy C. Bialek/ Robert Horrobin/ Michael H Lester/

 

EXAMPLE OF WORK:

 

child of my heart

how should i know you?
in your eyes

the archives of ancestry
the long forgotten
lives


paula song sarmonpal

 

I would like to wish all of you an exciting but safe 2019. Please keep writing your stories. Your cherita will inspire and help us all heal as we connect again around the campfire of all dreams.

If this new edition strikes a chord with you, please feel free to review, comment on Amazon or give a feedback directly to me. Many thanks.


ai li

editor
www.thecherita.com

 

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