an old sadness
edition 4:5 of the cherita
edited by ai li

This edition of an old sadness showcases 90 fine cherita and cherita terbalik from writers and poets who hail from UK, USA, Singapore, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Poland, India, Ireland, and Germany.

an old sadness is the fifth edition of our fourth year.





Streisand’s Autumn is playing softly in the background as I begin to write this mailshot. This song was released in 1964. I can still remember the album cover of a young Barbra in a short Sassoon bob haircut in capris with her back to the camera on a deserted beach. Yes, fall is here with its colours of leaving.

London may be out of lockdown but there is a tangible trepidation in the air. Will Covid take hold again as Winter envelops us with its cold embrace?

I have edited an old sadness 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 an old sadness:-

ai li/ Joanna Ashwell/ Cynthia Anderson/ Jackie Chou/ Kath Abela Wilson/ Taura Scott/ Myrto E. Angeloglou/ Ruth Kay/ Patricia Prime/ Larry Kimmel/ Robert Stewart/ Orrin/ Connor Orrico/ paula song sarmonpal/ Keitha Keyes/ Debbie Strange/ Anne Scott/ Peter Jastermsky/ Paweł Markiewicz/ S.Radhamani/ Geoffrey Winch/ Sherry Grant/ James Haddad/ Ritchie Albert/ Mary Gunn/ Paresh Tiwari/ Christine L. Villa/ Isabella Kramer/ Joyce Futa/ Deborah P Kolodji/


EXAMPLE OF WORK from an old sadness:





Sherry Grant


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

Joanna Ashwell/ Kath Abela Wilson/ Taura Scott/ paula song sarmonpal/ Cynthia Anderson/ Anne Scott/ Peter Jastermsky/ Sherry Grant/ Paweł Markiewicz/ Connor Orrico/ Orrin/ Joyce Futa/ Deborah P Kolodji/ Larry Kimmel/


an old sadness 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.



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

To purchase a print copy and/or a kindle book, please click on the cover above.

N.B. There are no images in the print and kindle versions of the cherita.



Please be aware that from 31 October 2019, KDP will be retiring their Kindle Matchbook program.




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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