1 December 2022

2022 a Joint Silver Jubilee Celebration
Cherita 22 June 1997 – 22 June 2022
Gembun 12 June 1997 – 12 June 2022

Two storytelling short form genres created by ai li


a touch of crimson
edition #6:7 of the cherita
edited by ai li

a touch of crimson, edition #6:7 of the cherita, rounds off this very special Silver Jubilee year. The closing of 2022 also spurred me on to write my twelfth Cherita book, which I have called nothingness.

My twelfth book of Cherita contains 90 virgin cherita which I hope will continue to illustrate the many different ways one can tell a story with this genre, which so many of you have deemed iconic.

I would like to thank all the writers, poets and readers who have greatly contributed to all the books that have appeared during 2022 via our 1-2-3 press and the empty press, and wish all of you a safe and peaceful end of the year.


This edition of a touch of crimson showcases 95 fine cherita and cherita terbalik from writers and poets who hail from UK, USA, Singapore, The Philippines, Romania, Japan, India, Canada, Australia, Trinidad, Germany and Spain.

a touch of crimson is our sixth and final book for our Silver Jubilee Year of 2022, of our sixth year of being. This is also our 69th edition in the cherita series of storytelling books.




a touch of crimson belongs to the ongoing the cherita series, currently 69th on the list, as do my personal ongoing writing in one breath series of virgin Cherita, Cherita and Tanka, Cherita and Haiku, and Cherita, Tanka and Haiku books, and lastly my poems for inner rooms series with its 18 Tanka and Haiku books. All these editions are available in paperback and kindle on Amazon.

Two of my own books of virgin Gembun, the weight of rain and blank screen, and now my two books of Dua, the journey east and dancing shoes have all been added to my writing in one breath series.

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, Loss and Renewal.

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 :-

ai li/ Jackie Chou/ Cynthia Anderson/ Connie Pittman-Ramsey/ Kath Abela Wilson/ D’ellen/ Taura Scott/ Diane Funston/ Larry Kimmel/ Joanna Ashwell/ Bryan Rickert/ Madeleine Basa Vinluan/ Alan Peat/ Réka Nyitrai/ Keith Evetts/ kris moon kondo/ James Haddad/ Peter Larsen/ Genie Nakano/ paula song sarmonpal/ Partha Sarkar/ Anne Scott/ Stella Damarjati/ Gillena Cox/ Mike Turner/ Jim Niffen/ Lorelyn De la Cruz Arevalo/ Pitt Büerken/ Sarah Davies/ Ram Chandran/ Arvinder Kaur/ Bonnie J Scherer/ Sharon Farrante/ Hazel Hall/ I.Hope/ Penny Lowery/ Ceri Marriott/ Eva Joan/ Dominic Willis/ Robert Horrobin/

A SAMPLE from this edition :-

of the wild

i’ve gone feral

with ink
and paper
from dead trees

ai li

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

Kath Abela Wilson/ Jackie Chou/ D’ellen/ Taura Scott/ Diane Funston/ Larry Kimmel/ Joanna Ashwell/ Connie Pittman-Ramsey/ Alan Peat/ Réka Nyitrai/ Keith Evetts/ kris moon kondo/ Anne Scott/ Lorelyn De la Cruz Arevalo/ Arvinder Kaur/ Bonnie J Scherer/ Sarah Davies/ I.Hope/ Penny Lowery/ Eva Joan/ Hazel Hall/ Sharon Farrante/ Jim Niffen/ paula song sarmonpal/

a touch of crimson has been edited to be experienced two ways. It can be read as a storybook and as an anthology of individual poems.


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 feedback directly to me. Many thanks.

ai li
storyteller oasis

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