Y O U R    C O M M E N T S


I would like to thank everyone who has so very kindly sent their warm and encouraging wishes for the cherita. I won’t let you down and that’s a promise.

The eighth edition of the cherita will launch on new year’s day.
Winter, no fixed abode is our current eighth edition.

Do please keep sending me your comments.

My heartfelt thanks go out to everyone who has taken the time to send in their comments and views. Every comment below had been greatly appreciated, and will help inspire me to ensure that cherita continues to grow as a serious storytelling form. As long as we have breath, we have healing stories to share with the world and hopefully make it a more considerate and kinder place to be in.




I am so excited about this …it is 3:30 am here. I happened to be awake and ordered one immediately on my phone and told our group of cherita writers. It is beautiful to have this option and i think it will be appreciated! . . . Our last poets meeting we had a writing session. They could write in any form…and many wrote cherita!
Kathabela Wilson

That’s wonderful, ai li. I do much prefer reading a print collection. Oz Hardwick

One cherita per page is the ideal – makes it clearer to read and provides time for the reader to breathe in. 

Do convert earlier editions into print! George Tardios

Thanks for the wonderful issues of the Cherita journal. They are a treat.
Shrikaanth Krishnamurthy

The Cherita is a beautiful form. Thank you for creating it. Samar Ghose

It’s an excellent idea to make the editions available in print! I just ordered Edition Seven and look forward to reading it!
Mary Hanrahan

I do prefer print books of tanka. I stare at the screen enough as it is.  M Kei

I have just purchased a copy of issue seven of The Cherita and look forward to holding it in my hands and reading it over the holidays. Jennifer Hambrick

I thank you for all your help through the year – the Cherita book is just lovely. Gavin Austin


I’ll be giving this publicity on my Twitter page. Penny O’Meara

I think that releasing the cherita in print is a brilliant idea. I’ve already ordered issue 7! As you know from our past conversations, I do favour print publications over online versions . . . Also, I feel more connected to the words when I actually hold them in my hands. Debbie Strange

Thanks for the good news about print versions of The Cherita.  Is also making some of your own books that are only in Kindle available in print, as well, in the future?  I’m not a big Kindle fan, so that’s why I ask.  With your work load, this may be not possible. Peter Jastermsky

It will be wonderful to have the cherita in book form . . . Patricia Prime

As always, I loved ‘a visit across decades’ – many beautiful cherita and images which I enjoyed several times over. Again, I thank you for your support and for your gift of cherita to us. Samantha Sirimanne Hyde

I think it’s a beautiful idea and yes, this is the way to take this art form forward. 

So many of my friends feel that Cherita is addictive. 

Congratulations! Kala Ramesh

You’ve got yourself a very fine journal and a lot of fans!

Well done!

I just bought the print version of Edition Seven of the cherita.

Of course, I will support your efforts!

Good luck with sales. Michael H Lester

thanks for all your hard work relating to The Cherita so far – it is ticking many of my boxes.  back numbers in print will also be welcome.
Geoffrey Winch

Finding ‘the cherita’ was the highpoint of my year.. I thank you for inventing the form, for being so generous in sharing it and for making space for me in your magnificent journal. 

I wish you all the best in 2018 –  most heartily…

Thank you ai li for devising the cherita . . . Maryalicia Post

A BIG CONGRATS on your first print edition!

 . . .i really love writing it. Pamela A Babusci

I wish you every success with your new book. Chen-ou Liu

Congrats on your publishing. Gillena Cox



Winter, no fixed abode
the eighth edition of the cherita


Congratulations on converting the editions to print and Kindle.. an enormous undertaking I know..  I wish you all the best, ai li, for 2018 and the future.
Maryalicia Post


Winter, no fixed abode looks stunning on a large monitor, same as the flipbook. I’ll let you know how I see it on Kindle White & Kindle Fire, which should show the color. Quality of cherita remains consistent, which is to say excellent. I’ve ordered the print version, as well. I, for one, am pleased to see the cherita in these new formats. All best fortune moving forward.

anyway, my hat’s off to you for the vast amount of work you’ve taken on, and still have been able to keep the quality up to standard in both text and production. wow

I forgot to mention that I felt the balance between b & w and color photos, as well a sepia, etc. was excellent.
Larry Kimmel


Many thanks for edition 8..and very special thanks for the ‘lighthouse’ commendation for ‘ for a glimpse of him returning’…a lovely surprise…

I send you every good wish and, if I may, a hug! Maryalicia Post


It sounds as though you have been very busy and I look forward to reading the current issue of The Cherita.

Have a wonderful, happy and healthy New Year. Patricia Prime


wonderful, the winter print edition – bought it!

Happy New Year.  Joy McCall


I feel honored because have published cherita in your special magazine.
Thank you for your noble intentions.
I wish you health and inspiration in the new year.
Vasile Moldovan


I just bought and read the kindle version—I had to see the pictures!

It’s beautiful!

Thank you for including my cherita, and congratulations on the 8th edition of the cherita!
Michael H Lester


i love your journal & i have enjoyed writing cherita . . .

good luck with your wonderful journal.

blessings, pamela a. babusci


Wishing you a very exciting, healthy and creative 2018.

It’s lovely to read this email and the ways in which you have taken cherita forward.
Hats off to you.
Kala Ramesh


Thank you for your update and congratulations on a very successful year. Here’s to a productive and peaceful 2018- Joan Stern


thank you, ai li. i downloaded this last night. the selection of cherita and the images are excellent. very well done. wishing you a happy new year. Steve Travis



a visit across decades
the print version of the seventh edition of the cherita



As always, I loved ‘a visit across decades’ – many beautiful cherita and images which I enjoyed several times over. Again, I thank you for your support and for your gift of cherita to us. Samantha Sirimanne Hyde


My copy arrived yesterday, and it really does give the poems space to breathe – beautiful! Oz Hardwick

cherita #7 arrived today. It’s a beauty!

Congratulations! Michael H Lester

Fantastic!  Larry Kimmel

I am so excited about this …it is 3:30 am here. I happened to be awake and ordered one immediately on my phone and told our group of cherita writers. It is beautiful to have this option and i think it will be appreciated! . . . Our last poets meeting we had a writing session. They could write in any form…and many wrote cherita!
Kathabela Wilson

It will be wonderful to have the cherita in book form and I look forward to them . . . Patricia Prime

I think it’s a beautiful idea and yes, this is the way to take this art form forward. 

So many of my friends feel that Cherita is addictive. 

Congratulations! Kala Ramesh

It’s an excellent idea to make the editions available in print! I just ordered Edition Seven and look forward to reading it! Mary Hanrahan

One cherita per page is the ideal – makes it clearer to read and provides time for the reader to breathe in. George Tardios

Thanks for the good news about print versions of The Cherita.  Is also making some of your own books that are only in Kindle available in print, as well, in the future?  I’m not a big Kindle fan, so that’s why I ask.  Peter Jastermsky

I think that releasing the cherita in print is a brilliant idea. I’ve already ordered issue 7! As you know from our past conversations, I do favour print publications over online versions, . . . Also, I feel more connected to the words when I actually hold them in my hands. Debbie Strange


I’ll be giving this publicity on my Twitter page. Penny O’Meara


This is great news!  I have just purchased a copy of issue seven of The Cherita and look forward to holding it in my hands and reading it over the holidays.
Jennifer Hambrick

thanks for this ai li – will order a copy when I make a new book order to Amazon . . .

thanks for all your hard work relating to The Cherita so far – it is ticking many of my boxes.  back numbers in print will also be welcome. 

Do convert earlier editions into print! Geoffrey Winch

How wonderful! I’m so pleased that you are making these available in print. I have never managed to adjust my reading preferences to electronic formats out of choice, so am absolutely delighted. Oz Hardwick

I just bought the print version of Edition Seven of the cherita . . . Good luck with sales. Michael H Lester


What a very good idea ai li… It should be a great success!  Maryalicia Post

Congrats on your publishing Gillena Cox


Many thanks for telling me this good news.

I wish you every success with your new book.

Chen-ou Liu


Thank you for letting me know. All the best. Madhuri Pillai



a vist across decades
the seventh edition of the cherita


A little note to let you know how much I enjoyed my “visit” to the seventh edition of the cherita : your storybook journal. You continue to impress me with your editorial and design skills. Every issue is a magical feast for the senses!

Thank you so much for honouring me with a cherita lighthouse. You have brightened up a gloomy winter day.

Wishing you love, light, and many blessings in the coming year. Debbie Strange


A great edition, ai li. The use of b & w and the cool tones of blues and greys, an excellent touch for December. I liked the photos you choose for my poems. Thank you for the cherita. Larry Kimmel


hi! congratulations, it is a beautifully atmospheric issue . . . i love it! . . . thanks so much for including my work. Caroline Skanne


Season’s greetings ai li,

The West African’s are great additions to cherita poetry circle. A lucky 7 issue. With 77 poems. Auspicious. Congratulations on keeping the flow and rythym of cherita.
David McMurray


Thank you for latest Cherita flip book. It is beautiful… such a generous gift!!
Maryalicia Post


many thx again for pub my cherita!

great issue & among my favorites were:

matsukaze “dinner alone”
& debbie strange: “frost-laced leaves”

& of course your cherita!

yes, i think this issue was a really strong one!
i am more drawn to the succinct ones, rather
than the longer ones (just my preference).
Pamela A. Babusci


Thank you.
In my book of favourites, this is one of my best *cherita* for it is about the *Guindy Home* (as we call it even now) we left when I was just 6 years old and my parents moved to a place closer to the city, near our school.

After nearly 40 years we visited this *childhood home* and I was so surprised at the short distance from the gate and to the building. This observation just remained with me all these years and I couldn’t somehow write a haiku or a tanka on it – I guess it was waiting for *Cherita* to happen ^_^

To think you also thought it was a good cherita to name the 7th edition after this poem makes me really happy.

Thanks once again. Kala Ramesh


I was just reading over today’s newly released edition and am inspired by the talent and variety of cherita I’m reading. I’m new, so I am finding favorite writers to emulate as a way of learning. Michael McClintock is at the top of my list. So exciting to be part of this new poetry form. Carole MacRury


‘The Cherita’ is always a treat I linger over . . . Glad to be included each month
Peter Jastermsky posted on facebook


It’s really extraordinary! Marta Majorka Chociłowska posted on facebook




and so we danced and somewhere a carousel
the sixth edition of the cherita


Poets are talking so much about cherita.
I just read the issue, it’s beautiful.
Kala Ramesh


I am impressed! Glad soon there will be more beautiful Cherita published. Looking forward to, maybe, find myself among those. Wishing you great success for your good work. Mira Mataric


Thank you for this announcement. More importantly let me congratulate on the new issue! eiko yachimoto


get your fill of fantastic cherita here. it’ll be worth your time to check out both volumes. linty‏@lintychim posted on twitter


Congratulations to you for these two beautiful volumes of cherita. It is an honour to have my poems appear alongside the work of the many fine contributors.
Mark Gordon


Wow, another awesome set of cherita flipbooks, Larry! Thank you for including 2 of my cherita—the 2 images you chose to precede them are stunning! Thank you so much. We will miss your fine, high-quality flipbook productions as editor. 
Anjela Villarreal Ratliff posted on facebook


Congratulations to us all. I take this opportunity to wish you well, Larry. And thank you so much for all you did for us and for the art of Cherita. 
Celestine Nudanu posted on facebook


Two beautiful editions…and you’re saying, “goodbye”!! Yes, I know, life has a way of throwing a curve ball, and all we can do is try to catch it, or lose and surrender. But then, days would fold and unfold; before we wake up one day, dawn has gifted us with something more wondrous than what we had to give up or lost. I wish you the best and the strength to get on. Alegria Imperial


Thanks so much Larry. I’m slowly working my way through it and enjoying poems by Kirsty Karkow…so happy to see she is writing. . . And I also enjoy Michael McClintock’s work. It’s a lovely ‘final’ issue you’ve produced!! So delighted to be in it. My thanks! Carole MacRury


Thank you for letting me know that “the cherita: your storybook journal, issue 6,” is on line. I started to read it, but will have to save the whole when there is more time. The first illustrations were lovely, colorful, and clear, a promise of good reading. . . I’m happy my first cherita I’ll be in an issue you edited [sic]. Good luck and happiness in your future endeavors. I will surely take time to write other cheritas [sic], a form that has roused my interest. Dorothy McLaughlin



let it rain and when i can’t sleep
the fifth edition of the cherita


I am so happy to see so many of you in the October issue of Cherita Journal! We don’t want to post our poems, because the beautiful journal is a pleasure to page through with the incredibly poignant illustrations! But you can post a page number– so we can look especially ! am looking through Volume 2 Poets Joan Stern and Joyce Futa have great cherita here, chosen by ai li, and a cherita I wrote echoing my Santa Fe days is on page 184 of October Volume 2 –and a childhood reminiscence from even longer ago in Staten Island is on the previous page. We can read from the cherita journal at our next meeting. Jackie Chou! I love yours too…Yesterday I was reading Oct #1…it is great… the Four of us at a cherita meeting…Jean Sudbury and Erika Wilk are also writing great cherita!! Kathabela Wilson posted on cherita Poets on Site


As I said, proud of you. the cherita, has got to be the most attractive short form journal on line. And it’s all your conception. Larry Kimmel


Wow, ai li! I just read through both volumes of issue 5 (when I should be working)! What a beautiful collection of poems and photos! I’m sure you are very proud of this issue.

Thank you for including my poems and the poems of my collaboration with Autumn.

Congratulations on a great issue!

Michael H Lester


I also discovered that the gorgeous new issues of the cherita have arrived, and I was thrilled to have one of them named after my poem. Thanks as well for my lighthouse honour.

As always, the photographs harmonize perfectly with these beautiful cherita songs!

Debbie Strange


Issue 5 is splendid.. a beautiful production.

So much to read, to love and to thank you for!

I love the poem placements and their images.. the kitten, in particular, perfectly expresses my mood in writing that.

Your poem about changing your homeplace for love really spoke to me by the way.. it was my favourite of all the poems..   Maryalicia Post


I am thrilled and honored to have 3 of my cherita appear in LET IT RAIN, another lovely flipbook filled with powerful cherita and accompanying equally strong images. This month’s issues are edited by the creator of the cherita form: ai li. Be sure to read the latest 2 October flipbooks. Totally worth the ride! Thank you, ai li!!
Anjela Villarreal Ratliff posted on facebook


Many thanks too for the fifth edition of ‘let it rain’ and ‘when i can’t sleep’ – I’ve only had time for a quick browse so far and I can’t wait to absorb it all when I have some quality time to devote to them. So loved the interspersed atmospheric photos, ai li.

Warmest wishes and my blessings,
Samantha Sirimanne Hyde


Thank you for two more beautiful editions of the Cherita journal: let it rain and when I can’t sleep. The Cherita and photographs enhance the stories and blend well together. Long may the journal continue. Joanna Ashwell


Thank you very much, ai li
. . . I am not sure, I deserve it, but it is a great honour to be published in the cherita journal. I can now mention it when I talk about my book, giving me that little bit more confidence.

I can just imagine how hard you worked on this. You must feel exhausted as well as pleased with what a good job you have done.

Congratulations on your success! !!

I forgot to mention, the images you have chosen, I can tell that you put all your heart and soul into this. It is a complex work of art the whole edition, with everything fitting in to a tee.

Kind regards
Marija Eljuga


I should have been working, but I knew if I didn’t get through both books right then, it would be hard to get back to it. It looks like it was a lot of work for you, and the result shows the care you took!

The placement of my poems and the images were terrific, as was the entire issue. I was very happy with both.

Take a well-deserved rest and look at it with a fresh eye. You will see how beautiful it all is.

Best, Michael H Lester


Two great issues!
Terri L. French


let it rain and when i can’t sleep
the fifth edition of the cherita : your storybook journal: let it rain and when i can’t sleep.
Congratulatins to the authors featuredin let it rain – Pat Geyer,Kala Ramesh, Robin White, Shrikaanth K. Murthy, Larry Kimmel, Pravat Kumar Padhy, Alexis Rotella, Patricia Davis, Jennifer Hambrick, Chrissi Villa, Vasile Moldovan,Marietta McGregor, Celestine Nudanu, Ernesto Santiago, Sheila Windsor, Ron Moss, Malintha Perera, Hansha Teki, Jessica Malone Latham, Larry Kimmel 🌷
when I cant’ sleep: Madhuri Pillai, Chrissi Villa, Alexis Rotella, Terri Hale French, Gabriel Bates, Pat Geyer, Arvinder Kaur, Caroline Skanne, Patricia Davis, Larry Kimmel, Dave Read, Pravat Kumar Padhy🌷

Marta Majorka Oikinihana Chociłowska  posted on facebook





The cherita is here to stay. A deep bow. Alexis Rotella


i’ve been meaning to pass by here to thank you for providing short verse poets such an exciting space to breathe new life into our small poems! since issue 1, i have come to the cherita w. high expectations . . . but oh my—you sure know how to vow your readers both poetically & visually! your selection is skillful; the arrangement sublime. ai, thanks again for creating this beautiful form of poetry & for continuing to push the boundaries; develop & nurture the cherita. Caroline Skanne


Beauty will save the world, said Dostoevsky. Cherita (thanks to you) is bringing us together and that may save the world. Love and peace, Mira Mataric


So glad to see SO MANY new cherita in print! As a photographer myself, I especially love the way each poem is presented in tandem with a complimentary image! The journal is a joy, and one I look forward to with great page-turning anticipation! Thank you for all the time and love you pour into each issue!
Autumn Noelle Hall


It’s very important to have a Cherita Journal, adding to the hokku/haikai canon. Brendan Slater


I’m very much enjoying the cherita and the beautiful artwork. Patricia Prime


Thank you you words mean much and I believe in the positive energy words can provide.They facilitate our understanding and underpin both our conscious and unconscious.. Words may seem just a collection of letters but like a banknote they can when used well carry a promise to pay.

This is not so much of a submission as a tribute

The flower blossoms

Word petals display
Bright colours or subtle hue

Telling it’s story
Charming those that gaze
With the sweetest fragrance

However if it is of any use to you I would be honoured. although I hope you forgive my arrogance in celebrating one of your achievements in it’s own form. I have many things I wish to write poetry and prose but I am sure there will be more cherita. Jon Best


the cherita is going gangbusters. Kudos to you and Larry. Michael H Lester


I really enjoyed reading the last edition .  .  .  Robert Horrobin


You are very Creative and talented. Irene Cheng


be amazed
the fourth edition of the cherita


Thank you Larry, congratulations to all, wonderful stories to read, and thank you for including few of mine too. Madhuri Pillai posted on facebook


Larry, I’ve read the new edition 3 times now and continue to find new joys to savor. Thanks for your wonderful editing! I am very grateful to have my poems included.
Peter Jastermsky posted on facebook


Excellent presentation and I cannot believe it is the fourth edition.
Thank you for keeping me updated!
Anne-France Stevenson


Love the poems. Have read about half of them. Will continue little by little.
Kind regards, Marija Eljuga


Beautiful. Just beautiful. I’m so proud to be in these pages. Thank you.  Jennifer Hambrick


Congratulations on issue #4 of the cherita – another wonderful selection of captivating stories interspersed with vibrant images.

I’m over the moon to have made it in to this edition – your support is much appreciated. Best wishes, Samantha Sirimanne Hyde


Yet another superb issue! Loved your poem “a perfect female posture”, Larry.
Michael McClintock


thanks so much for my Cherita Lighthouse & for another outstanding exploration of the wonder that is cherita! Debbie Strange posted on twitter



XOXO Pamela A Babusci


Thank you, another wonderful edition, beautiful photos and heartwarming poetry. Thank you for including my cherita too. Warmest regards, Madhuri Pillai


I must say I was infatuated with this issue. I was carried away and it lifted me … I was actually inside each compelling story. The layout, the turning of the pages, and the wonderful interspersed graphics added to the whole experience. Yes, I am taken with the cherita form, especially the way you present it. I would like to submit more to you. Wasn’t sure if you were still reading submissions..I assume it’s an ongoing process? New to this form, I love the challenge and that last line that allows for so much more story. Thanks for reaching out.;-) Be well, Carol Raisfield


the sequence
of varied illustrations
from poem to poem
with magical scenes
that stir one’s imagination
Thank you, Kirsty Karkow


I thrice read the cherita: your storybook journal, issue #4. What a gorgeous job you did with it. The images could stand as a poetry book on their own, and the cherita for this issue were again topnotch! Together, the images and poems take the reader’s senses to new dimensions of storytelling. Congrats to you and all the contributors of this issue . . . . I feel honored that you and ai li have already accepted many of my cherita, and published some of them in past issues of your online journal, and I look forward to reading future flipbooks. Anjela Villarrreal Ratliff


This journal is just fantastic. I am really falling in love with this form. Terri Hale French posted on facebook


this issue is simply ‘wow’ Larry. Caroline Skanne


beautiful! thank you. love Joy McCall


As always, enjoyed Larry’s cherita selections. Alexis Rotella


The fourth edition is poetry itself! Clean and fresh and full of a universe of ideas, thoughts and feelings. Penny O’Meara


It’s becoming a most pleasant routine: flipping the kitchen calendar to a brand new month, brewing my morning coffee, and sitting down to enjoy and savor the newest edition of the cherita : your storybook journal. September’s be amazed delivers on its title’s promise, as I had every confidence it would. Kudos to Larry Kimmel and my fellow contributors for this amazing edition. John Tehan


Exhilarated to know my initial attempts at writing “cherita” poems made it to the 4th edition(Sept 2017) of “The Cherita”. Thanks to Larry Kimmel who selected 86 cherita by 38 poets from England, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Phillippines, India, Ghana and the USA. My two poems appear on pages 108 and 275. Please see http://www.thecherita.com/flipbook/  Angelo Ancheta posted on facebook


Thank you for this terrific issue. Pat Geyer posted on facebook


Amazing compilation. Thank you Larry and congrats to us all. Celestine Nadanu posted on facebook


Another lovely edition, Larry – over the moon to be a part of it, many thanks. Samantha Sirimanne Hyde posted on facebook


I have two cherita “cemetery visit” and “stormy night” published in “be amazed” the September edition of “the cherita : your storybook journal” edited by Larry Kimmel. This is my second time to be featured in “the cherita”. Thanks Larry. Billy T. Antonio posted on facebook


Just enjoyed this edition …so much! I’m delighted to have my poems included. Thank you and congrats on a great issue, Larry. Carol Raisfield posted on facebook



find me and where the river bends
the third edition of the cherita


greetings on this delightul breezy Sunday and congrats on another two beautiful Cherita issues. Alexis Rotella


I just finished reading the beautiful two volume storytelling journals– it was really wonderful to read all through and your choice of images very moving. I will go back again and read through the whole.

I was happy that Jackie Chou’s cherita was in the second of the 2 volumes of #3. She is a good friend local poet, very good and sensitive–and she learned cherita at our meetings.

Mira Mataric is also a friend and local poet who has heard about cherita from us and Kei…

I love your cherita and Larry’s in this issue and Michael McClintock’s are amazing–cherita is perfect for his sensitive deep sense of life. And so many others.
Kathabela Wilson


Congratulations. It’s awesome that you’re getting so many submissions.

You’ve beaten ATPO to the collaborative cherita. We have one in #29 coming up by Gerry Jacobson, Barbara Curnow, and Catherine McGrath who have given us a collaborative cherita. M Kei


The poets’ words, the storytellers’ tales, and the art & photos chosen by ai li all combine to continue this wonder-filled cherita journey of which I am so blessed to be a part! Kudos, one and all! John Tehan


the cherita is up—w. beautiful poems, visuals & surprises . . . thanks to the editors for all their hard work bringing us this exciting new journal!
Caroline Skanne posted on facebook


Amazing collection! Thank you ai li and Larry for posting. Larry your cherita are beautiful! I also love Michael McClintock’s and Orrin PréJean Chrissi Villa’s! I am especially thrilled to see one by our local dear wonderful poet Jackie Chou– in volume 2! She just read us that on at the Japanese Garden at our meeting! I just read through both volumes –an amazing work, and with deep and fascinating images all the way through. Kathabela Wilson posted on facebook


Beautifully done and I love the 50’s Hollywood goddess!

The whole project is wonderful.

Every page turned increased my anticipation . . . I now understand that you were placed where you were meant to be.

Thank you. Daniela Becher


Yaay!! Cherita is up !! Aparna Pathak posted on facebook


Thank you ai li. . . . Placement and image are wonderful! Thanks again. Pat Geyer


I was finally able to open a Flipbook and actually learned more about Cherita.
Martina Gallegos posted on facebook


I am still not finished reading #2!! But I decided to read this in one swoop it is the best way because it becomes an amazing long story…but lures you back into the small stories to re read…. Kathabela Wilson posted on facebook


. . . another great issue. Madhuri Pillai posted on facebook


Thank you Larry and al li. Such lovely works. Page 20, the cherita by George Tardios. So gorgeous and romantic. Celeste Nudanu posted on facebook


I look forward to reading through the double volume of the cherita! Congratulations, ai li and Larry Kimmel. Michael H. Lester posted on facebook


Another bulls-eye with the 3rd edition of THE CHERITA: YOUR STORYBOOK JOURNAL. ai li did a fine job of organizing the cherita and the accompanying stunning images for the 2 new flipbooks. Impressive!
Anjela Villarreal Ratliff posted on facebook


Oh, how gorgeous! These issues are each stunning in their own right, and I’m thrilled to be included. Congratulations on presenting the first collaborative cherita. As usual, your photography selections resonate… Debbie Strange


Wonderful! I’m really getting into this form, love it’s possibilities.
Joyce Futa


Congratulations on launching the third edition in two volumes! I relished your “street dancing” cherita and its “piano keys” simile. I look forward to enjoying the rest of the edition and the wonderful art you selected on my trip to Alaska next week.
Joan E. Stern


What a beautiful achievement ai li… You are as sensitive and artistic in choosing illustrations as you are in writing poetry.. That’s high praise indeed… Maryalicia Post


WOW!!   wonderful 2 issues! pamela a. babusci


I just finished reading the beautiful two volume storytelling journals– it was really wonderful to read all through and your choice of images very moving. I will go back again and read through the whole.

I love your cherita and Larry’s in this issue and Michael McClintock’s are amazing–cherita is perfect for his sensitive deep sense of life. And so many others.
Kathabela Wilson


I am so pleased to see Japan included in so many countries that make up cherita family.

I thought the photograph ushering in my cherita on a children’s library is very interesting.

With a bow of gratitude, eiko yachimoto


Congratulations! Guat Hua and Hock Han


I love both volumes for August. Excellent layout with beautiful illustrations to accompany the beautiful cherita. Great job! I look forward to more in future!
George Mat




Thank you for giving me cherita as a preserver and transmitter of the stories! I feel and understand these moments more strongly because of this. Kath Abela Wilson


Everything looks perfect and the inaugural issue was beautiful. Really looking forward to the future of this journal! Gabriel Bates


  . . thank you again for your beautiful inspiration and your beautiful cherita. . . . I am so enjoying and sharing the first two issues! Kath Abela Wilson


What an honor to be included in your journal! Jackie Chou


God Bless you and thank you for giving me the opportunity to meet a new challenge – I love that. Daniela Becher


I remember years ago admiring your work and enthusiasm at Still. You and Larry make a great combo. Kirsty Karkow


Thanks to you, I hope to be writing cherita for a long time to come. It’s progression and pacing intrigue me and differ from tanka in significant ways. I continue to explore, prod, stretch, and find the thoughts that best fit. New rhythms and percussions!
Michael McClintock


no sat nav … no map … no regrets
the second edition of the cherita


thank you, ai li. it’s excellent.,

i posted this on twitter.

ps) cherita is really taking off there. lots of quality cherita. 
steve travis


My Saturday morning To Do List was long and daunting … and then I read the e-mail telling me that the cherita’s issue #2 no sat-nav … no map … no regrets had arrived. Needless to say, not a single thing on my list got done, but, oh, what a great Saturday morning it was, spent reading 76 wonderful cherita from poets far and wide! Congratulations, many thanks and best wishes to every one of you! John Tehan


 . . . my congratulations to all. Madhuri Pillai posted on cherita poets on site


The second edition is here! CONGRATULATIONS to Kathabela Wilson, Alan Summers, Debbie Strange, Pamela A. Babusci, Kala Ramesh, Samantha Sirimanne Hyde, Patricia Davis, Rebecca Drouilhet, Madhuri Pillai, Alee Imperial Albano, Robin White, Michael H. Lester, ai li, Larry Kimmel, and many others! Christine L. Villa posted on cherita poets on site


Many thanks for sharing this great news with me. Chen-ou Liu


I cannot express the love and thanks I feel for the journal and for the stunning dedication. It is overwhelming.

I plan to continually focus on the new issue as well as the past! And to encourage and expand the Cherita Poets on Site!

… it is almost 3 am here … i woke up and wanted to thank you and share. Hugs to you both!! Kathabela Wilson


Congratulations on your second edition of the cherita – rich and intriguing stories with evocative images. The cherita is a truly wonderful form.

So happy to be in this edition – I really appreciate your support.
Samantha Sirimanne Hyde


larry, this is an excellent collection of cherita . you and ai li are amazing.
linty chim on twitter


Congratulations on the release of your beautiful second issue. I’m delighted and honoured for my small tales to take their place between the covers of this lovely cherita storybook! Debbie Strange


Thanks so much for including my cherita in issue #2.  I love the photo you found to match up with it. Pat Davis


Such variety in the 2nd edition! I read it through twice and felt like I’d been on a global trip dipping into others’ lives via micro-mini vignettes. Wonderful accompanying images as well. Congrats to Larry Kimmel! Anjela Villareall Ratiff  posted on facebook


Thanks so much for this wonderful edition of cherita, Larry!! Wow, so much to breathe in for joy. I love the images and the “stories” you paired with them. Thanks again for taking mine. You will surely hear from me again. Alegria Imperial


Thanks, Larry – I look forward to exploring it, and I am naturally honoured by your choice of title. Oz Hardwick


Read it this morning and also forwarded the e-mail to a batch of poets. Looks great! Beautiful job. Love the sound effects of turning the pages …. Stanford M. Forrester


gosh, I hate flip books … what about making a downloadable pdf?
Johannes S. H. Bjerg  posted on facebook


congratulations! can’t wait to read it. Caroline Skanne posted on facebook


I enjoyed reading the second issue. I did make a quick browse but will go back to savor it when time permits.

Looking forward to the next issue and to writing more cherita.
Christine L. Villa


A wonderful collection of cherita. I’m honored to be a part of, “our one yet varied voice.” Teresa Evangeline


Congratulations to all the poets whose cherita appear in issue #2! A special congratulations to Kathabela for her special mention as a champion of the cherita! Michael H. Lester



You’ve raised the bar a notch higher!
What a beautiful, thought-provoking collection of poems.
And the art work makes it resonate at yet another level.
Breathtaking. Lesley Swanson


Kudos on a fine achievement. George Swede


This may be the second edition but it is in fact your inaugural edition of the cherita Larry. You have made no sat-nav … no map … no regrets your very own and I hope the readers will enjoy reading through the stories with their accompanying images within like I did. Congratulations and well done for a full bodied edition! I am so proud of you. ai li


Enjoyable, ai li and Larry. An elegant form. Alexis Rotella


oh YES, the latest issue of the cherita…. splendid!
emotionally satisfying.
visually gorgeous.
truly you two are engaged in a labor of love and it shows.
you are sharing such pleasures with the wide community.
i am glad to be part of that community and to receive notice when the flipbook appears.
thank you for this pleasure.
the joy of seeing work by people i already know and admire (through brass bell and hedgerow) and the joy of discovering new writers.
sending love & appreciation to you both,
zee zahava


Pleased to have 8 cherita included in the exquisite 2nd issue of The Cherita. The unique flip book format creates a beautiful tone poem that lingers. Thanks to this month’s editor Larry Kimmel!! Peter Jastermsky posted on facebook


Oh Larry Kimmel and ai li that is so beautiful. (+ sweet surprise…) Thank you so much. Kathabela Wilson posted on facebook


This is great. Thank you Larry. Celestine Nudanu posted on facebook


telling a story
the inaugural edition of the cherita


 I did indeed see and immensely love the entire layout of the inaugural issue of Cherita. The images were breathtaking. Matsukaze Prejean


The Cherita has a stunning debut, ai li. I’ve read through it all twice, yesterday and this morning. The “flipbook” technology worked quickly, easily, and with no problems at all. The storytelling element in the cherita you have selected is an exciting and pleasurable experience, engaging the imagination. Readers will want more and writers will want to try it. The use of artwork throughout has been beautifully done, poems and art given the space they need to root and expand in the mind. Congratulations to you and Larry! Your co-editor brings enthusiasm and wide-ranging sensitivities and vision.

I hope to have poems to send to The Cherita sometime this year; I will see where my explorations with the form take me. I have plenty of time to give it my full attention. The Malay origins of the cherita idea you described simply and clearly — your use and management of language is highly evolved, just as it was in the days of Still, toward other purposes and a different focus. No new publication in poetry has impressed me more in the last decade. The Cherita is truly a winged horse and, I predict, will have a long and remarkable history in the high art of the short poem. Michael McClintock


I am slowly paging through the cherita journal… I love the pace. It gives pause and has a dramatic sense of direction and import. I am posting on Cherita Poets on Site about it

I will copy paste a few of my comments.

I won’t post any of our poems here as the great pleasure of reading them in this beautiful journal is the best! Every cherita is alternated with a page with an illustration, deeply resonant and gives us pause to see think and savor! Go to The Cherita to read, be inspired and AMAZED ! Thanks to ai li for the cherita and its wonderful story book journal!

Alexis Rotella, beautiful beautiful “telling a story” in The Cherita journal… I am “paging through” and I love the way your cherita unfolds. I can see it… and feel it (shivers of pleasure)

Caroline Skanne amazing cherita…one following the other. I so love them and the sensitive pairing ai li did -image to poem particularly with the two –oh! Unforgettable thoughts to sky.

Kala Ramesh reading your “dreamer” in The Cherita this morning. Exquisite. http://www.thecherita.com/flipbook/

Shrikaanth K. Murthy your “cherry blossom” cherita woke me up with a start this morning– very powerful and …oh! in the Cherita inauguaral issue. http://www.thecherita.com/flipbook/

Love the dedication to M. Kei… and I thanked him on twitter. I’ll keep sending you comments as I read through. Kathabela Wilson


i just read it cover to cover & wow it is gorgeous. seems completely effortless… congratulations to a marvellous first issue! thanks so much for including my work, a joy & honour. your treacle is my absolute favourite. i hope you’re celebrating! . . . you did a stunning job with those images & the whole issue was a JOY. i’ve heard only positive things on social media, a real buzz. but i already knew the cherita would be a success with such splendid editors. Caroline Skanne


The inaugural edition is nothing short of spectacular!

You have realized your vision and this journal stands among the best out there, if not the best.

My heartiest congratulations to you both!

Thank you for the mentions and for including my cherita in the journal.

With sincere appreciation and admiration, best wishes and warm regards,
Michael H Lester


My expectations for the inaugural edition of the cherita: your storybook journal were quite high, and you’ve exceeded every one of them. Good show!
Best regards and many thanks, John Tehan


Just a little note to say how much I enjoyed ‘the cherita – your storybook journal.’

Your journal is awesome! Deeply inspiring, captivating stories and it is so visually gorgeous. I love the flipbook format too.

Thank you so much for your wonderful creation – I feel very privileged to be a part of the inaugural edition of your journal. 

I’m reading the journal now for the third time and am finding more layers in meaning and correlation between the stories & images that I had previously overlooked. Just breathtaking! Samantha Sirimanne Hyde


I, too, thoroughly enjoyed the first edition of the cherita. Robin White


 I have read through the cherita: your storybook journal three times!  What a stellar production.  I am so honored and humbled to be part of it.  Thanks for all your work.   I am looking forward to the July issue. Pat Davis


What a very good idea for the Cherita!

You are the author of this new form of poems and I love it.

Nobody convinced me to write in the past and with your personality, encouragement and friendship support, I discovered another world of sincerity and refuge.

It was my best therapy in the past year, when I was depressed and thank you to my angels for meeting you in Burma! Anne-France Stevenson


And then the great surprise of ai li’s cherita monthly flipbook. So glad she’s back in town. I musn’t overlook Larry Kimmel who is ai li’s co-editor. We have so much to look forward to. It’s hard enough to devote one’s energy to a quarterly, let alone a monthly or a weekly. Alexis Rotella from her blog


  . . .  congratulations! i hope it’s a big success for you and ai li both. Jim Kacian


I was thrilled to see the first issue! Awesome work! I can’t wait to find the time to relax and enjoy one evening of just enjoying the book. I love the poems and artwork!  More power to the journal!!! Christine L. Villa


I’m happy to be included in the first cherita issue, too! Congrats to all the poets! Patricia Davis posted on facebook


Congrats on this publication. I’ve thought about writing a cherita, but haven’t yet done so. But will give it a try at some point! Michael Dylan Welch


. . . about my first thoughts on reading the lovely works in the inaugural edition. from what I have read I really like the poems of Jan Oskar and Urszula. Arunansu Banerjee


I’m very impressed and so proud of you.  That was a hell of a lot to take on at short notice.  And you did it.  An elegant, classy publication.  You’re back . . .

Oh, that is impressive!  Well done.

WOW.  wonderful.  excellent.  Anyway, a marvelous achievement, ai li.  I like the pics with my cherita.  Everything is glorious.  A great start, rest your eyes.  

If you want to just bask in the glory of the moment, knowing you’ve done a smashing inaugural issue to celebrate 20 years of cherita, do so. 

You deserve a day off and some special food. Larry Kimmel


Congratulations. Well done! Guat Hua and Hock Han


WoW! It’s wonderful! Beautifully realized. Excellent cherita and the images selected are perfect. I love the minimalism yet it’s very rich and alive. I am very impressed. You should be very proud …  Teresa Evangline


  . . . people are raving about Cherita on Facebook. I see what you mean about the art being a lot of WORK. Thank you for including my cherita. Hope you can get some rest now. Alexis Rotella


Congratulations to ai li and Larry Kimmel on the publication of the inaugural edition of the cherita volume one : number one : early summer 2017. Hansha Teki posted on facebook


Had a quiet night reading the very first issue of The Cherita. I was enthralled with each poet’s storytelling! Thank you so much, ai li, for the opportunity to be a part of this. Congratulations to all my poet friends. Thanks for sharing your stories! Christine L. Villa posted on facebook


Bravo on your bumper inaugural edition of The Cherita.

a cup of tea
blue sky

Sheila Windsor


Congratulations and all the best Ai Li. Nimu Parmar


 Wow! What a lovely job you have done of the inaugural edition of the cherita.
You have set the standard high. How wonderful. Gavin Austin


Congratulations on a beautiful achievement.. it is delight full.. Maryalicia Post


I love the issue and this art form.  . . . Yes, I like the way you have included the images and I do love the way my cherita is presented. Kala Ramesh


Congratulations on this breathtakingly beautiful inaugural issue!!!!  eiko yachimoto


Gorgeous issue! Congrats to all the cherita poets. 
Sanjuktaa Asopa posted on facebook


Looks wonderful!!! Don Baird


Heartiest congratulations !!!!!!! I feel honoured to be part of this inaugural issue. Thank you for including my work. Aparna Pathak


 Beautiful–both the poems and the pictures.  Thank you. Elizabeth Howard


Just reading it now and it looks fantastic!!!   congratulations to you both. Ron C. Moss


 the first issue looks great!! many thx again for including two of my cherita.
 pamela a. babsuci




 New beginnings are blessed events; congratulations and best wishes on yours! John Tehan

 You have my best wishes for all the cherita projects. I’m glad to see more editors taking an interest in it. . . . Best of luck with everything. M Kei

This is wonderful news . . . and you’ve picked a good co-editor . . . Your plans for the online journal and the print form anthology sound wise and complete. . . .Best wishes to you both, and to the cherita — may it live forever! Michael McClintock

Your invention captivated me . . . To the Cherita! George Swede

I surely do wish you well with it. It will be a great success – the poetry world has needed a new vision. I will watch from a distance. Joy McCall

it sounds just wonderful… Caroline Skanne

The new anthology and online journal of cherita sounds very exciting . . . All best wishes for your venture. . . . I’m looking forward to reading all the selections. Patricia Prime

This is great news and very exciting! . . . Take care and have fun with your project. Sheila Windsor

Hats off to you for inventing it. . . . Keenly looking forward to your issue. Kala Ramesh

I am sure issue #1 and all future issues of the journal will be wonderful.
Your hard work and dedication in putting it together is a sight to be seen, Ai Li. You are definitely a force of nature.
Despite my early, unplanned, and unanticipated exit, I will rest easy in the knowledge I had something to do with the creation of the cherita: your storybook journal. I know it will be something to proud of and I am truly sorry I will no longer be a part of it.
Thank you both for this brief but rewarding and educational experience. . . Vive la cherita! . . . I’m sure the first issue will be outstanding! Michael H Lester

This is an exciting venture! Christine L. Villa

Thank you for this wonderful opportunity with an equally amazing form. Matsukaze Prejean

Congratulations on embarking on this exciting new adventure! . . . I’m looking forward to reading your new journal. Debbie Strange

All the best with your new journal. Chen-ou Liu

It’ll be fantastic to have a publication dedicated solely to the cherita form. Here’s wishing you and your new journal every success. Samantha Sirimanne Hyde

. . . i am so excited about the very first issue. . . . Wish the magazine all the very best ! Malintha Perera 

There is something about the form – the relationships between the ‘steps’ – that I really enjoy. . . . Penny’s article really articulates the appeal that the form has to me, too.
Oz Hardwick

It is lovely to have a new journal for cherita. Thanks for starting one with Larry. . . Best wishes for the success of the journal. Shrikaanth Krishnamurthy

. . . and I do send you my best wishes for its successful launch. . . . I shall look forward to seeing the first issue. Geoffrey Winch

May I also offer thanks to you for inventing this most beautiful form of expression? Paula S. Zwenger

. . . good luck with your new journal. . . . I look forward to reading the June issue. Joanna Ashwell

I wish you and Larry every success in this exciting project. Keitha Keyes

How exciting! Alegria Imperial

Really looking forward to this journal! Gabriel Bates

I look forward to reading the upcoming issues of the cherita. Urszula Funnell

I’m so very excited to be part of your new journal and to read all of the stories in it. Thank you for your interest in my work. Jennifer Hambrick

I’m fairly new to the form, but I find it both challenging and fun; it is amazing to me how much those 6 short lines are able to contain! . . . Best of luck with this endeavor! Autumn Noelle Hall

I wish you the best success for the publication. Margherita Petriccione

 May I wish you and Larry every success with the launch of the cherita. ka kite ano. Hansha Teki 



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