the stories
edition 2:5, the seventeenth edition of the cherita
edited by ai li


This edition of the stories showcases 90 excellent cherita and cherita terbalik from writers and poets who hail from UK, USA, Singapore, Ireland, India, Canada, Lithuania, Poland, and Italy.

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

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.

I started my once upon a cherita writing class today and it went really well. This will be an 11 week writing course which I am running at the U3A in London for my first term. I’m proposing to share my personal cherita as well as cherita from the cherita over the coming weeks. Do watch this space for updates on these ongoing cherita classes.




the ritual of leaves
in the bonfire

i wonder why
has to burn

Mary Hanrahan


New blood is essential for any poetry journal and again we have several new names to add to our growing list of cherita contributors.

My grateful thanks go out to everyone who have supported the cherita and made it possible for the emergence of a strong and vibrant edition each month.

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


ai li


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.



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.





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.




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