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.


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/


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

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