A N N O U N C E M E N T S

1 August 2022


2022 a Joint Silver Jubilee Celebration

Cherita 22 June 1997 – 22 June 2022
and
Gembun 12 June 1997 – 12 June 2022

Two storytelling short form genres created by ai li

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i hear
edition #6:3 of the cherita
edited by ai li
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August is always a quiet month in my neighbourhood when the schools close for the Summer. Yet I find it the perfect month to catch up on my reading whilst sitting in my yard surrounded by birdsong and my murmuring bamboo. For those of you who have decided to stay closer to home this year as I have, I hope you to will be able to find some me time.

I originally intended to launch the second gembun anthology in September but your infectious enthusiasm for gembun persuaded me that it wouldn’t be fair to have you wait any longer to see your gembun. So here it is – evening, gembun anthology 2.

Your support for gembun has been tremendous and I can’t thank you enough for all your storytelling efforts which have made it possible for me to offer several anthologies of gembun for anyone eager to tell a short story in a different way.

 

ihear

www.thecherita.com/bookshop/

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This edition of i hear showcases 95 fine cherita and cherita terbalik from writers and poets who hail from UK, USA, Singapore, Germany, The Philippines, Australia, India, Japan, New Zealand, Bulgaria, Romania and Pakistan.

i hear is our third book for our Silver Jubilee Year of 2022, on our sixth year of being. This is also our 65th edition in the cherita series of storytelling books.

evening, launched in conjunction with i hear, is the second Gembun Anthology, published by the 1-2-3 press, of 92 virgin gembun.

evening

www.thecherita.com/gembun/

Featured Poets as they appear in evening from the USA, UK, Singapore, New Zealand, India, Pakistan, Canada, The Philippines and Japan :

ai li/ Larry Kimmel/ Patricia Prime/ Richa Sharma/ Kath Abela Wilson/ Jackie Chou/ Taura Scott/ Keith Evetts/ Joanna Ashwell/ Orrin/ Laughing Waters/ Kala Ramesh/ Lakshmi Iyer/ Shloka Shankar/ Radhamani Sarma/ Subir Ningthouja/ Hifsa Ashraf/ Arvinder Kaur/ Vijay Prasad/ Sharon Hawley/ Genie Nakano/ Sigrid Saradunn/ James Haddad/ Timothy Dee/ Lynne Jambor/ Madeleine Basa Vinluan/ Steve Brisendine/ kris moon kondo/ R. Suresh Babu/ Neena Singh/ Partha Sarkar/ Lynne Fayne/ Tim Callahan/ Peter Larsen/ Ritchie Albert/ Sushama Kapur/


a gem
award has been awarded to the following writers and poets in this edition for Gembun that shone :

Larry Kimmel/ Richa Sharma/ Taura Scott/ Kath Abela Wilson/ Laughing Waters/ Jackie Chou/ Radhamani Sarma/ Genie Nakano/ Sigrid Saradunn/ James Haddad/Timothy Dee/ Lynne Jambor/ kris moon kondo/ Neena Singh/ Partha Sarkar/ Vijay Prasad/ Peter Larsen/ Ritchie Albert/ Shloka Shankar/ Laughing Waters/ Orrin

Here is August’s update on the Gembun Anthologies 3, 4 and 5 :

Anthology 3 is almost there, followed on closely by 4. Anthology 5 is also filling up fast. If you haven’t as yet submitted your Gembun, please don’t delay sending in your work.

If excellent and irresistible Gembun continue to pour in, who am I to say that Anthologies 6 and beyond are not feasible? I’m leaving the window open for all possibilities. As long as good strong Gembun are being received by me, more Anthologies of Gembun will appear.

My wish, as I indicated last month, is for the Anthology to become a fluid and ongoing series for showcasing the best of the Gembun genre with the gifts from your writing. That has not changed.

www.thecherita.com/gembun-anthos/

The Gembun [1-3 or 1-4] was created on 12 June 1997 and Cherita on 22 June 1997, and they will both celebrate their Silver Jubilee in June 2022. Gembun is also a minimal and unique linked form that consists of either a one-word or one sentence first link, followed by a haiku of up to 4 lines. Gembun has to include an element of suggestion in either the opening sentence/link, the haiku or in both.

Gembun Terbalik [3-1 or 4-1] now joins this minimal form and is an inverted Gembun. It is written with a haiku of 3 or 4 lines as its opening stanza and then capped by a one liner. Six new virgin examples of mine can be seen on www.thecherita.com/gembun-anthos/

The Gembun and Gembun Terbalik have to include an element of suggestion in either the opening sentence or haiku, the haiku or opening sentence or in both. Gembun was created by ai li on the 12 June 1997, inspired by Larry Kimmel’s TIBUN. www.aili.co.uk/gembun/

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Fine examples by Larry Kimmel, Joanna Ashwell and myself can be found, along with Gembun’s original guidelines on my personal website www.aili.co.uk

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Here are three Gembun from evening :

 

wind chimes

a bamboo alley
sways in the breeze
my summer dress

Laughing Waters

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children
once played
on this field

withered grass

Kala Ramesh

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a little Chinese song

i know from his eyes
what it means
to him

Kath Abela Wilson

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i hear belongs to the ongoing the cherita series, currently 65th on the list, as do my personal ongoing writing in one breath series of 26 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 have now been added to my writing in one breath series, swelling the numbers to 28.

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 :-

Larry Kimmel/ Sigrid Saradunn/ Kath Abela Wilson/ Taura Scott/ Connie Pittman-Ramsey/ Eva Joan/ Madeleine Basa Vinluan/ Jackie Chou/ Keith Evetts/ ai li/ Keitha Keyes/ Mona Bedi/ Joanna Ashwell/ James Haddad/ Richa Sharma/ Peter Jastermsky/ Diane Funston/ kris moon kondo/ Sherry Grant/ Tsanka Shishkova/ Ram Chandran/ Stella Damarjati/ Bryan Rickert/ Alan Peat/ Réka Nyitrai/ Partha Sarkar/ Jim Niffen/ Clara Sohn Rehor/ Ken Slaughter/ Sigrid Saradunn/ John Hawkhead/ Hifsa Ashraf/ Genie Nakano/ paula song sarmonpal/ David Cox/ Annie Wilson/ Caroline Skanne/ Kim McNealy Sosin/ Barry George Fordham/ Isabella Kramer/ Cynthia Anderson/

A SAMPLE from this edition :-

worst days come

when my thread can’t find
the eye of the needle

and instead goes
skinny dipping
into my coffee

Madeleine Basa Vinluan

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

Eva Joan/ Madeleine Basa Vinluan/ Keith Evetts/ Connie Pittman-Ramsey/ Taura Scott/ Kath Abela Wilson/ Jackie Chou/ Larry Kimmel/ Bryan Rickert/ Alan Peat/ Réka Nyitrai/ kris moon kondo/ Jim Niffen/ Clara Sohn Rehor/ Sigrid Saradunn/ Genie Nakano/ paula song sarmonpal/ Annie Wilson/ Caroline Skanne/ Isabella Kramer/ Joanna Ashwell/

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

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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
editor


N.B.

Currently you receive ongoing news and updates from the 1-2-3 press [on and about the cherita and cherita]. If you feel that you no longer wish to receive these updates, please unsubscribe. Thank you.

 

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1 July 2022

Celebrating their Silver Jubilee
Cherita 22 June 1997 – 22 June 2022
Gembun 12 June 1997 – 12 June 2022
Two storytelling short form genres created by ai li

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you ask me to dance
edition #6:2 of the cherita
edited by ai li
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Two Treats

This month of July not only sees the launch of you ask me to dance, edition #6:2 of the cherita, our second book for our silver jubilee year, but also the eagerly awaited debut of snow clouds – the first Gembun Anthology.

I am so very humbled by all the support I received from my call for a Gembun Anthology. You have excelled yourselves, and the result is evident within the pages of this new book. I took my time selecting and collating to ensure that this anthology showcases not only the best of Gembun, but how and what you can write with Gembun. This Anthology can be used as a strong reference book for aspiring Gembun writers.

This edition of you ask me to dance showcases 95 fine cherita and cherita terbalik from writers and poets who hail from UK, USA, Singapore, The Philippines, New Zealand, India, Australia and Germany.

you ask me to dance is our second book for our Silver Jubilee Year of 2022, on our sixth year of being. This is also our 64th edition in the cherita series of storytelling books.

youaskmetodance

www.thecherita.com/bookshop/

 

snow clouds, launched in conjunction with you ask me to dance – the first Gembun Anthology, published by the 1-2-3 press, of 92 virgin gembun.

snowclouds

www.thecherita.com/bookshop/

Featured Poets as they appear in snow clouds from the USA, UK, Singapore, India, New Zealand, Japan, Germany and Australia :

ai li/ Richa Sharma/ Robert Horrobin/ Larry Kimmel/ Agnes Eva Savich/ Kelly Sauvage/ Patricia Prime/ Tim Gardiner/ Joanna Ashwell/ Keith Evetts/ Sherry Grant/ James Won/ Taura Scott/ kris moon kondo/ Kath Abela Wilson/ Neena Singh/ Radhamani Sarma/ Jackie Chou/ Eva Joan/ Kala Ramesh/ Subir Ningthouja/ Mona Bedi/ Vijay Prasad/ Genie Nakano/ Sushama Kapur/ paula song sarmonpal/ Lakshmi Iyer/ Shloka Shankar/ Caroline Skanne/ Laughing waters/ Samantha Sirimanne Hyde/ Sigrid Saradunn/ D’ellen/ Partha Sarkar/ Bryan Rickert/

a gem award has been awarded to the following writers and poets in this edition for Gembun that shone :

Richa Sharma/ Agnes Eva Savich/ Kelly Sauvage/ Patricia Prime/ Tim Gardiner/ Joanna Ashwell/ Keith Evetts/ James Won/ Kath Abela Wilson/ Neena Singh/ Jackie Chou/ Eva Joan/ Kala Ramesh/ Subir Ningthouja/ / Mona Bedi/ Vijay Prasad/ Genie Nakano/ paula song sarmonpal/ Shloka Shankar/ Caroline Skanne/ Laughing waters/ Radhamani Sarma/ Taura Scott/ kris moon kondo/ Sigrid Saradunn/ Samantha Sirimanne Hyde/ Larry Kimmel/ D’ellen/ Sherry Grant/ Partha Sarkar/

Here is July’s update on the Gembun Anthologies 2, 3, 4 and 5 :

Anthology 2 is almost there, followed on closely by 3. Anthologies 4 and 5 are also both filling up fast. If you haven’t as yet submitted your Gembun, please do not delay as send in your work pronto.

If excellent Gembun continue to pour in, who am I to say that Anthologies 6 and beyond are not feasible? I’m leaving the window open for all possibilities. As long as good strong Gembun are being received by me, more Anthologies of Gembun will be launched.

My wish, as I indicated last month, is for the Anthology to become a series for showcasing the best of the Gembun genre with the gifts from your writing. That has not changed.

Gembun and Cherita share the same year of birth and they will be celebrating storytelling with Life, Love, Loss and Renewal this jubilee year and hopefully beyond.

Full details on the link below if you have not, as yet, sent in your Gembun/Gembun Terbalik for consideration.

www.thecherita.com/gembun/

The Gembun [1-3 or 1-4] was created on 12 June 1997 and Cherita on 22 June 1997, and they will both celebrate their Silver Jubilee in June 2022. Gembun is also a minimal and unique linked form that consists of either a one-word or one sentence first link, followed by a haiku of up to 4 lines. Gembun has to include an element of suggestion in either the opening sentence/link, the haiku or in both.

Gembun Terbalik [3-1 or 4-1] now joins this minimal form and is an inverted Gembun. It is written with a haiku of 3 or 4 lines as its opening stanza and then capped by a one liner. Six new virgin examples of mine can be seen on www.thecherita.com/gembun/

The Gembun and Gembun Terbalik have to include an element of suggestion in either the opening sentence or haiku, the haiku or opening sentence or in both. Gembun was created by ai li on the 12 June 1997, inspired by Larry Kimmel’s TIBUN. www.aili.co.uk/gembun/

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Fine examples by Larry Kimmel, Joanna Ashwell and myself can be found, along with Gembun’s original guidelines on my personal website www.aili.co.uk

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Here are three Gembun from snow clouds :

 

Autumn tea

the things
we think we see
in leaves

Keith Evetts

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poet’s house

somehow
the view makes more sense
alone

Tim Gardiner

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after the rain

stepping on
the wet leaves
in my poems

Jackie Chou

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you ask me to dance belongs to the ongoing the cherita series, currently 64th on the list, as do my personal ongoing writing in one breath series of 26 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.

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 :-

Lesley Swanson/ Connie Pittman Ramsey/Keith Evetts/ Madeleine Basa Vinluan/ Jackie Chou/ Kath Abela Wilson/ Taura Scott/ James Haddad/ D’ellen/ Joanna Ashwell/ ai li/ Sherry Grant/ Richa Sharma/ Peter Jastermsky/ Partha Sarkar/ Dean Okamura/ Larry Kimmel/ Ruth Kay/ Madhuri Pillai/ Keitha Keyes/ Stella Damarjati/ Réka Nyitrai/ Alan Peat/ Stanley E Denny/ Cynthia Anderson/ Ram Chandran/ Kelly Sauvage/ Kathryn Sadakierski/ Diane Funston/ Maxianne Berger/ Barry George Fordham/ Bryan Rickert/ kris moon kondo/ Sigrid Saradunn/ Genie Nakano/ Jim Niffen/ Clara Sohn Rehor/ Ken Slaughter/ Isabella Kramer/ Dominic Willis/

A SAMPLE from this edition :-

stuck inside

still
i reminisce

your scent
on my
pillow

Sherry Grant

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

Connie Pittman Ramsey/ Jackie Chou/ Kath Abela Wilson/ Joanna Ashwell/ Larry Kimmel/ Ruth Kay/ Sherry Grant/ Madhuri Pillai/ Taura Scott/ Réka Nyitrai/ Alan Peat/ Ram Chandran/ James Haddad/ Stella Damarjati/ Genie Nakano/ Ken Slaughter/ Barry George Fordham/ Isabella Kramer/

You ask me to dance has been edited to be experienced two ways. It can be read as a storybook and as an anthology of individual poems.

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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

editor

N.B.
Currently you receive ongoing news and updates from the 1-2-3 press [on and about the cherita and cherita]. If you feel that you no longer wish to receive these updates, please unsubscribe. Thank you.

 

 

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22 June 2022

Once upon a Cherita twenty five years ago . . .
22 June 1997 – 22 June 2022

Happy Happy Birthday
dear one

I am more than proud of you today . . .

C H E R I T A

happy-birthday

 

Cherita’s 6-line format has touched and inspired writers and poets from all walks of life around the globe, and these names below are of some of the countries where the genre has helped keep the spirit of storytelling vibrant and alive.

Cherita with your stories about Life, Love, Loss and Renewal have been, and continue to be written, and shared in the UK, the US, Singapore, New Zealand, Canada, Australia, Malaysia, India, Japan, the Philippines, Israel, Kingdom of Bhutan, West Africa, Sri Lanka, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Ukraine, China, Indonesia, Trinidad and Tobago, Pakistan, Portugal, Sweden, Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Croatia, South Korea, Ireland and El Salvador [not in alphabetical order].

Here is a small selection of ai li’s published Cherita :

 

lifting the veil

between heaven
and earth

i can see
that only
love remains

ai li

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in a perfect world

you would be there
to meet me

at the station again
train smoke
a platform of ghosts

ai li
from the river dark

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cave smoke

as night falls
the ancestors

are back
for one
last story

ai li

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colour me purple

and mother
will come

and stroke
her
favourite colour

ai li
from say autumn

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on
the road home

is a fork

dusk is falling
jasmine scents
me stray

ai li

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yards
of red silk

my old cat

dreaming
of the new year
he will not see

ai li
from how soft the light

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the devil

with his blue eyes
is sitting beside me

dressed in armani
the holy water
can wait

ai li

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kimono clad

for a night
of camellias

and haiku
the air scented
with stars

ai li
from dream merchant 

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going quietly

into the night
with long

black hair
shoeless
in falling snow

ai li

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in fog

i am
a shadow

of who
i want
to be

ai li
from december loneliness

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a room
with
empty chairs

who got up first

to leave
the room ?

ai li

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temple bell

through fog
dawn

is still
a
haunting away

ai li
from paper flowers 

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all cherita copyright ai li 2022

 

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21 June 2022

 

the day
before your birthday

i’m remembering

when the stork arrived
with a storybook
in its beak

 

ai li
an unpublished cherita
written this morning for Cherita’s 25th birthday tomorrow
22 June 1997 – 22 June 2022

 

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12 June 2022

birthday

 

happy birthday 
dear dear gembun
you’re 25 today
12 june 1997 – 12 june 2022

 

birthday greetings

how does it
feel
to be 25 today ?

ai li
an unpublished gembun

 

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from blank screen

 

birdhouse
now
silent

spring was last april

ai li

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my dead sisters

heard
it too
nursery rhyme

ai li

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autumn hedgerows

berries
berries
berries

ai li

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from the weight of rain

 

dollhouse

who lives in here
without water
and electricity ?

ai li

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dark night

let there
be lanterns
of fireflies

ai li

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breath

on
a cold morning
it’s showtime

ai li

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1st June 2022


Cherita’s Silver Jubilee [Gembun’s too]

22 June 1997 – 22 June 2022

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i dream
edition #6:1 of the cherita
edited by ai li

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Once upon a CHERITA . . . .

I brought into existence on Sunday 22 June 1997, a six line storytelling short form genre which I called Cherita. Stories and Storytelling were a large part of my young life in what was British Malaya. Being of Peranakan [Straits Chinese] origins from my mother’s side of the family, I grew up speaking several Chinese dialects, English and Malay [both National and local patois] at home, and in a household where Thai, Tamil, Hindi, Malayalam and several other Chinese dialects like Hainanese, Teochew, Hakka and Seiyap [Yue Chinese] were also freely spoken. With languages and dialects as rich and diverse as these, the stories that were in my midst were varied, colourful, and which captured and gave fertility and flight to my young imagination. This remembered background of wonder prompted me to name my new form in Romanised Malay as I wanted the genre to have a unique name which reflected my Baba and Nyonya roots

It was also my way of giving heartfelt thanks to my maternal grandmother, Sim Hup Eng, in particular, who was a storyteller par excellence. She was a very spiritual individual who had the gift of language, and was the most consummate of storytellers.

Fast forward to 2022 and Cherita is on the cusp of celebrating its Silver Jubilee birthday on the 22nd June. Little did I know in 1997, that one day, twenty five years on, poets and writers from all over the world would be embracing Cherita’s storytelling guidelines to entrance poetry writers and readers with their very own tales of Life, Love, Loss and Renewal.

There are now 66 paperback and kindle books from the cherita, 22 paperback and kindle Cherita books of mine, along with another 22 paperback and kindle books of mine that include Cherita, all of which are available on Amazon, and can be used for reference for anyone who is inspired by storytelling in 6 lines. That’s a hefty total of 110 books [both paperback and kindle] in such a short space of time, and growing. The Gembun books join this list and I will be mentioning them in more detail in the next mailshot.

These books will take you on a journey of personal truths and of healing. I sincerely hope that in my small way, I have, with Cherita, kept alive the captivating age-old tradition of storytelling passed down from our ancestors.

Contributing poets and writers for the cherita came from far and wide, from the UK, the US, Singapore, New Zealand, Canada, Australia, Malaysia, India, Japan, the Philippines, Israel, Kingdom of Bhutan, West Africa, Sri Lanka, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Ukraine, China, Indonesia, Trinidad and Tobago, Pakistan, Portugal, Sweden, Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Croatia, South Korea, Ireland and El Salvador [not in alphabetical order].

I would also like to give a huge hug and a low bow of gratitude to all our splendid contributors who have so generously shared their personal truths and stories with me over the years

There are also Cherita books out there by Larry Kimmel, Sheila Windsor, Arvinder Kaur, Celestine Nudanu, Maryalicia Post, Peter Jastermsky and several other authors such as Marcos Freitas [in Portuguese], Chris Cole, Alexis Rotella, Cynthia Anderson, and last but not least Erika Wilk, all of whom have included Cherita alongside other short forms. I apologise if I have omitted any names that should also have been represented here. I was only able to work with the names that I was currently aware of.

Can there be anyone out there who does not love a timeless short story?

In closing, I have posted here some fascinating snapshots of several vintage storybooks of old Malaya and Singapore. I hurriedly snapped them in their showcases before the commencement of my talk once upon a cherita . . . at the Peranakan Museum of Singapore in 2019, prior to its temporary renovations closure. The museum is planning to re-open in full splendour in early 2023.


snapshot copyright ai li FRPS 2022

These vintage storybooks chrita dulu kala [stories from long ago], which form a small portion of the Peranakan Museum’s vast collection of treasures, use an older Malay spelling for Cherita, i.e. chrita which intrigued me, and which prompted me to share a few of these images with you. Even back then, storytelling in Malaya and Singapore had its own allure and kept generations of folks spellbound with the myths and tales of their much missed old motherland. These photographs have been posted with the kind and gracious permission from Jackie Yoong, the curator of this unique museum dedicated to the Life and Arts of the Straits Chinese community of Southeast Asia.


snapshot copyright ai li FRPS 2022


snapshot copyright ai li FRPS 2022


snapshot copyright ai li FRPS 2022

We are still telling our short stories with Cherita in the 21st Century. Cue nodding and smiling ancestors. We are in a win-win situation. I would like to offer another deep bow of gratitude from me to all the Cherita poets and writers who have helped make this edition of i dream, a worthy reference book, hopefully for now, and for the next 25 years and beyond. Long Live Cherita.


snapshot copyright ai li FRPS 2022

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For Cherita and Gembun’s 25th Silver Jubilee birthday, I am the launching i dream, the Silver Jubilee edition of the cherita, and the promise of rain, my eleventh book of 90 virgin cherita.

This special Silver Jubilee edition of i dream showcases 95 fine cherita and cherita terbalik from writers and poets who hail from UK, USA, Singapore, The Philippines, Germany, India, New Zealand, Australia, Romania and Bulgaria.

i dream is our sixth book for Cherita’s Silver Jubilee Year of 2022. This is also our 63rd edition in the cherita series of storytelling books.

idream

www.thecherita.com/bookshop/

the promise of rain, launched in conjunction with i dream, is my 11th book of 90 virgin cherita, written and selected to celebrate Cherita’s Silver Jubilee and its 25th birthday.

thepromiseofrain

www.thecherita.com/ailis-bookshop/

Here is June’s update on the proposed Gembun Anthology – I intended to launch the very first Gembun Anthology this month but felt it needed its own space to shine in, in what is its Jubilee year too. Does July sound good to you ?

Anthologies 2, 3, 4 and 5 are also filling up fast as poets and writers get familiar with using a different writing discipline when writing Gembun. Do keep sending in your Gembun. I never tire of reading good work and can’t wait to publish them.

As long as good and strong gembun are being sent in, I will continue publishing more of these anthologies.

My wish, as I indicated last month, is for the Anthology to become a series for showcasing the best of the Gembun genre with the gifts from your writing. That has not changed.

Gembun and Cherita share the same year of birth and they will be celebrating storytelling with Life, Love, Loss and Renewal this jubilee year and hopefully beyond.

Full details on the link below if you have not, as yet, sent in your Gembun/Gembun Terbalik for consideration.

www.thecherita.com/gembun/

The Gembun [1-3 or 1-4] was created on 12 June 1997 and Cherita on 22 June 1997, and they will both celebrate their Silver Jubilee in June 2022. Gembun is also a minimal and unique linked form that consists of either a one-word or one sentence first link, followed by a haiku of up to 4 lines. Gembun has to include an element of suggestion in either the opening sentence/link, the haiku or in both.

Gembun Terbalik [3-1 or 4-1] now joins this minimal form and is an inverted Gembun. It is written with a haiku of 3 or 4 lines as its opening stanza and then capped by a one liner. Six new virgin examples of mine can be seen on www.thecherita.com/gembun/

The Gembun and Gembun Terbalik have to include an element of suggestion in either the opening sentence or haiku, the haiku or opening sentence or in both. Gembun was created by ai li on the 12 June 1997, inspired by Larry Kimmel’s TIBUN. www.aili.co.uk/gembun/

Fine examples by Larry Kimmel, Joanna Ashwell and myself can be found, along with Gembun’s original guidelines on my personal website www.aili.co.uk

Here are three Cherita from my 90 poem the promise of rain :

 

the illusionist

telling me
it’s all smoke

and mirrors
my shadow nods
in the empty room

ai li

 

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the orient

is always
in my sleep

mourning silk
hidden deep
within brushwork

ai li

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the call

from someone
who died young

to come out
and play
a ghost moon

ai li

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i dream belongs to the ongoing the cherita series, currently 63rd on the list, as do my personal ongoing writing in one breath series of 26 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.

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 :-

Genie Nakano/ ai li/ Connie Pittman-Ramsey/ Larry Kimmel/ Keith Evetts/ Kath Abela Wilson/ Taura Scott/ Madeleine Basa Vinluan/ Jackie Chou/ Isabella Kramer/ Partha Sarkar/ Ruth Kay/ James Haddad/ Geoffrey Winch/ D’ellen Hutchins/ S. Radhamani/ Patricia Prime/ Richa Sharma/ Peter Jastermsky/ Ram Chandran/ Steve Brisendine/ Stella Damarjati/ Alan Peat/ M.J.Iuppa/ Madhuri Pillai/ Robert Horrobin/ steve dent/ David Cox/ Keitha Keyes/ Cynthia Anderson/ Tim Callahan/ Réka Nyitrai/ Stanley E Denny/ Kelly Sauvage/ Diane Funston/ Kathryn Sadakierski/ Bryan Rickert / Tsanka Shishkova/ Barry George Fordham/ Kim McNealy Sosin/ Caroline Skanne/ Eva Joan/ Dominic Willis/ Stanley E Denny/ David Cox/ paula song sarmonpal/ Sherry Grant/ Joanna Ashwell/ Mona Bedi/

A SAMPLE from this edition :-

she left
with one thing on her mind

to let her hair down

freedom
she was told
is where the wind blows

Connie Pittman Ramsey

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

Genie Nakano/ Connie Pittman-Ramsey/ Keith Evetts/ Kath Abela Wilson/Taura Scott/ Madeleine Basa Vinluan/ Jackie Chou/ Isabella Kramer/ Partha Sarkar/ Ruth Kay/ James Haddad/ Geoffrey Winch/ Peter Jastermsky/ Ram Chandran/ M.J.Iuppa/ Madhuri Pillai/ Robert Horrobin/ steve dent/ Tim Callahan/ Réka Nyitrai/ Alan Peat/ Kelly Sauvage/ Diane Funston/ Kathryn Sadakierski/ Larry Kimmel/ Brian Rickert/ Kim McNealy Sosin/ Caroline Skanne/ Eva Joan/ D’ellen/ Stanley E. Denny/ paula song sarmonpal/ / Richa Sharma/ Sherry Grant/ Joanna Ashwell/ Mona Bedi/ S. Radhamani/

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

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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
editor

 

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14 May 2022


Come Gembun

The first and second Gembun Anthologies are nearly there, and I have started on Anthologies 3, 4 and 5. 

If you have never written Gembun, do have a go but I have to warn you that it can prove addictive. For more info on the genre, and how to submit, please visit our Gembun page on this website. I look forward to reading your stories.

Meanwhile, here are a few more Gembun from my second book of Gembun blank screen to hopefully inspire you to write some gems for submitting.

From blank screen :

 

a late cup of tea

cake
has come
and gone

ai li

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small town

loneliness
one sleepwalker
one streetwalker

ai li

*

a half eaten moon

someone
in the sky
was hungry

ai li

 

gembun copyright ai li 2022

 

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1 May 2022


2022 – Cherita and Gembun’s Silver Jubilee year

22 June 1997 – 22 June 2022


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no footsteps

edition #5:12 of the cherita
edited by ai li

After taking time off to re-energise after two years of non-existent travel, I soon found myself communing with spirit of place at Lake Windermere in the Lake District. Here are two photographs below, one taken from my room where my days were spent writing near water, and the other of my nights warmed by a large blazing outdoor open fire pit whilst gazing at the Plough and other stars of the firmament. The urbanite in me was mesmerised by the absence of light pollution [when I switched off the boathouse lights] and the nearby cry of a lone owl, having momentarily forgotten how wondrous and majestic nature is.

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6 am

my heart
already
sun-kissed

at
Lake Windermere

ai li

cherita copyright ai li 2022

Lake Windermere from my window                                                      copyright ai li FRPS 2022

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a night
of stars
a lone owl

this must   be heaven

ai li

gembun terbalik copyright ai li 2022

my boathouse firepit                                        copyright ai li FRPS 2022

 

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May takes us even closer to Cherita and Gembun’s 25th Silver Jubilee birthday and sees the launch of the latest edition of the cherita and my second book of virgin gembun.

This edition of no footsteps showcases 92 fine cherita and cherita terbalik from writers and poets who hail from UK, USA, Singapore, India, New Zealand, The Philippines, Germany, Australia, Bulgaria, Romania and Canada.

no footsteps is our fifth book for Cherita’s Silver Jubilee Year of 2022. This is also our 62nd edition in the cherita series of storytelling books.

www.thecherita.com/bookshop/

nofootsteps

www.aili.co.uk/my-books

blankscreen

blank screen, launched in conjunction with no footsteps is my second book of 90 virgin gembun, written to hopefully inspire you further with the myriad of writing possibilities with this genre.

Here is May’s update on the proposed Gembun Anthology – The anthology is shaping up splendidly, and with a bit of luck, early Autumn may see the launch of your accepted Gembun for this special storytelling book. I have been doubly excited and hugely impressed by the quality of work submitted for consideration and would like to thank you all for your fantastic efforts with this genre.

Meanwhile, Anthologies 2, 3 and 4 are also coming along really well too with strong submitted work so please keep sending in your gembun. My wish is to keep these special anthologies of gembun top notch so that they will stand the test of time.

As long as good and strong gembun are being submitted, I will continue with the publishing of these anthologies.

My wish is for the Anthology to become a series for showcasing the best of the Gembun genre with the gifts from your writing.

Gembun and Cherita share the same year of birth and they will be celebrating storytelling with Life, Love, Loss and Renewal this jubilee year and hopefully beyond.

Full details on the link below if you have not, as yet, sent in your Gembun/Gembun Terbalik for consideration.

www.thecherita.com/gembun/

The Gembun [1-3 or 1-4] was created on 12 June 1997 and Cherita on 22 June 1997, and they will both celebrate their Silver Jubilee in June 2022. Gembun is also a minimal and unique linked form that consists of either a one-word or one sentence first link, followed by a haiku of up to 4 lines. Gembun has to include an element of suggestion in either the opening sentence/link, the haiku or in both.

Gembun Terbalik [3-1 or 4-1] now joins this minimal form and is an inverted Gembun. It is written with a haiku of 3 or 4 lines as its opening stanza and then capped by a one liner. Six new virgin examples of mine can be seen on www.thecherita.com/gembun/

The Gembun and Gembun Terbalik have to include an element of suggestion in either the opening sentence or haiku, the haiku or opening sentence or in both. Gembun was created by ai li on the 12 June 1997, inspired by Larry Kimmel’s TIBUN. www.aili.co.uk/gembun/

Fine examples by Larry Kimmel, Joanna Ashwell and myself can be found, along with Gembun’s original guidelines on my personal website www.aili.co.uk

 

Here are three Gembun from my 90 poem blank screen :

 

here

for only
a day
use me

 

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embroidered kimono

a blossom unravels
pink thread
breaking up with silk

*

eating
for one
winter night

chopsticks are never lonely

ai li

 

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no footsteps belongs to the ongoing the cherita series, currently 62nd on the list, as do my personal ongoing writing in one breath series of 25 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.

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 :-

Jackie Chou/ S. Radhamani/ Alan Peat/ Cynthia Anderson/ Kath Abela Wilson/ ai li/ Larry Kimmel/ Patricia Prime/ Madeleine Basa Vinluan/ Barun Saha/ Keith Evetts/ Sherry Grant/ Daniela Becher/ Connie Pittman Ramsey/ Kath Abela Wilson/ Isabella Kramer/ James Haddad/ Geoffrey Winch/ Taura Scott/ Mona Bedi/ Joanna Ashwell/ Partha Sarkar/ Peter Jastermsky/ Lorraine A Padden/ Richa Sharma/ Ruth Kay/ Steve Brisendine/ steve dent/ Keitha Keyes/ Tsanka Shishkova/ Stanley E Denny/ Ram Chandran/ M.J. Iuppa/ Kelly Sauvage/ Réka Nyitrai/ Jason Heroux/ David Cox/

A SAMPLE from this edition :-

resting

outside the clutter
of doing

I watch
my breath
deepen

Cynthia Anderson

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

Cynthia Anderson/ Kath Abela Wilson/ Jackie Chou/ Larry Kimmel/ Keith Evetts/ Sherry Grant/ Connie Pittman Ramsey/ Stella Damarjati/ S. Radhamani/ steve dent/


no footsteps
has been edited to be experienced two ways. It can be read as a storybook and as an anthology of individual poems.

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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
editor
www.thecherita.com
storyteller oasis

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16 April 2022


Submissions for the cherita

I am reading submissions for the next few editions of the cherita.
If you have just written or have at hand some timeless cherita, do please send them in for my consideration. New storytellers are always welcome and encouraged.

Please double click [do not not copy and paste] on [email protected]
to send your cherita in for consideration. I look forward to hearing and reading your stories.

 

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Gembun Submissions for the Gembun Anthologies

I am also reading submissions for the forthcoming Gembun Anthologies 1, 2, 3 and 4.
To send your gems in for consideration, please double click on [do not not copy and paste[email protected]/gembun
Everyone is welcome. 

 

ai li
editor

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1 April 2022


2022 – Cherita and Gembun’s Silver Jubilee year

22 June 1997 – 22 June 2022

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a flower whispers
edition #5:11 of the cherita
edited by ai li

Spring is usually the time of year when I start dreaming of being with genius loci in the Lake District. For those of us fortunate enough to have peace in our midst, our thoughts must surely be with those ravaged by wars and pestilence. My wish for the white doves of peace has now become fervent prayer.

I believe it was Hemingway who expressed that there was nothing to writing, and that to write, we have to bleed. For me, the ‘bleeding’ is a healing process, a purge of thoughts and memories best shared rather than kept hidden in the dark of psyche.

This month sees the launch of the new edition of the cherita and my tenth book of cherita.

This edition of a flower whispers showcases 92 fine cherita and cherita terbalik from writers and poets who hail from UK, USA, Singapore, The Philippines, India, Trinidad, New Zealand, Canada and Australia.

a flower whispers is our fourth book for Cherita’s Silver Jubilee Year of 2022. This is also our 61st edition in the cherita series of storytelling books.

 

aflowerwhispers

 

www.thecherita.com/bookshop/

 

the river dark, on the other hand is my tenth book of 90 virgin cherita, written to keep the blues away.

 

theriverdark

 

www.thecherita.com/ailis-bookshop/

Here’s another update on the proposed Gembun Anthology – You’ve been more than enthusiastic with your gembun and gembun terbalik efforts. I am so glad that I kept things flexible which has enabled me to accept more of your tremendous submissions now that Anthology 2, 3 and possibly 4 are viable possibilities.

If you write and send in more excellent gembun, than who knows, perhaps Anthologies 5, 6 or more could be realities. The sky is the limit.

My wish is for the Anthology to become a rolling and flexible series for showcasing the best of the Gembun genre with the collected gifts from your writing.

Gembun and Cherita share the same year of birth and they will be celebrating storytelling with Life, Love, Loss and Renewal this jubilee year and hopefully beyond.

Full details on the link below if you have not, as yet, sent in your Gembun/Gembun Terbalik for consideration :

www.thecherita.com/gembun/

 

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rain

on
my umbrella
the sound

 

ai li

 

*

a gembun from the weight of rain
and
a gembun terbalik :

 

in
the graveyard
talking to

my self

ai li

The Gembun [1-3 or 1-4]
was created on 12 June 1997 and Cherita on 22 June 1997, and they will both celebrate their silver jubilee in June 2022. Gembun is also a minimal and unique linked form that consists of either a one-word or one sentence first link, followed by a haiku of up to 4 lines. Gembun has to include an element of suggestion in either the opening sentence/link, the haiku or in both.

Gembun Terbalik [3-1 or 4-1]
now joins this minimal form and is an inverted Gembun. It is written with a haiku of 1 – 3 or 4 lines as its opening stanza and then capped by a one liner. Six new virgin examples of mine can be seen on www.thecherita.com/gembun/

The Gembun and Gembun Terbalik have to include an element of suggestion in either the opening sentence or haiku, the haiku or opening sentence or in both. Gembun was created by ai li on the 12 June 1997, inspired by Larry Kimmel’s TIBUN. www.aili.co.uk/gembun/

Fine examples by Larry Kimmel, Joanna Ashwell and myself can be found, along with Gembun’s original guidelines on my personal website www.aili.co.uk

 

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Here are two Cherita from the 90 poem the river dark :

 

drip
by drip

you feed
your third eye
with

manuka honey

*

 

i pack a small mirror

in my valise
to see how old

i will be
when
i get there

ai li

 

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a flower whispers
belongs to the ongoing the cherita series, currently 61st on the list, as do my personal ongoing writing in one breath series of 24 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.

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/ Kath Abela Wilson/ Madeleine Basa Vinluan/ Cynthia Anderson/ Partha Sarkar/ S. Radhamani/ Joanne Kennedy Frazer/ Larry Kimmel/ Taura Scott/ Barun Saha/ Gillena Cox/ Keith Evetts/ Connie Pittman Ramsey/ James Haddad/ Sherry Grant/ Tim Gardiner/ Maxianne Berger/ Susan Burch/ Keitha Keyes/ Stella Damarjati/ Grace Galton/ Geoffrey Winch/ George Swede/ Mona Bedi/ Patricia Prime/ Joanna Ashwell/ Alan Peat/ Peter Jastermsky/ Lorraine A Padden/ Richa Sharma/ Ruth Kay/ Madhuri Pillai/ David Cox/ Ann Smith/ steve dent/ Steve Brisendine/ Ram Chandran/ paula song sarmonpal/ George Schaefer/

 

A SAMPLE from this edition :-

 

a girl with big dreams

only a phantom
memory

now it’s just me
a puzzle piece of the sea
in my hand

Jackie Chou

 

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

Kath Abela Wilson/ Taura Scott/ Connie Pittman Ramsey/ Patricia Prime/ Alan Peat/ Peter Jastermsky/ Ruth Kay/ David Cox/ Richa Sharma/ S. Radhamani/ Joanna Ashwell/ James Haddad/ Stella Damarjati/ Keith Evetts/

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

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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.

 

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23 March 2022


The Latest Offering from Larry Kimmel

the horizon waits by Larry Kimmel will be available from 1 April 2022 on amazon.com
This 73 page book has 67 poems [predominantly cherita with some tanka, haiku and free from short verse].
Larry has very kindly sent me the foreword of this book which you can read below.

ai li
editor

to write

as if
you could reach

into a chest
and squeeze
a heart

 

Throughout [the horizon waits], readers will find the deeply thoughtful reflections of a poet who has spent a lifetime attempting to write in just such a way. Whether making the morning coffee, feeding a feral cat or imagining himself the boy “inside the willowware,” he uncovers the significance in the … dailiness of life—and in so doing readies both himself and the reader to “step into the midnight forest”:

 

the night is for the young
and for the solitaires
and I have been both –

soon, I will step into
the midnight forest,

become owl

~ from the Foreword by, Jenny Ward Angyal

 

 

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19 March 2022

 

James Haddad is 95 years old today

To Jim, who is not only an inspiring poet and contributor from our caravanserai of cherita storytellers, but a dear dear man, I would like to wish him a happy and memorable birthday today from me and from everyone who has read and enjoyed his personal and heartwarming stories in the cherita.

James is an awesome 95 years old. He is still writing his stories to entrance and most definitely to inspire us all with his truths.

Who knows, some of his strengths may rub off on us as we celebrate this joyous day with him wherever we may be.

Here’s a small selection of his published work below from the cherita to give you an amuse-bouche of his unique way of remembering, and of sharing his stories.

Happy Birthday Jim and a deep bow from me,

ai li
editor

 

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I have more to say
but not

in one breath

but
over time
it will come

from the sweetness #5:3

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a flashlight in the dark
moving through the trees
looking for what’s lost

it could be anywhere

just a little thing I’ve lost
my childhood

from the dark to light #5:6
a cherita lighthouse

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it came back for me
it didn’t want to be alone

the wave rolled over me
on the way to shore
but then it came back to me

it didn’t want me to be alone

from wanderer #5:2

a cherita lighthouse

*

she looked at me
with curiosity

she smiled and
sat next to me
69 years

i wash dishes for her

from the sweetness #5:3

a cherita lighthouse

*

i have heard
the mermaids

singing
in
the quiet waters

the fish entranced

from the sweetness #5:3

a cherita lighthouse

*

the book was read
placed on the table

the bed was firm
warm and comfortable
the eyes closing

on another chapter

from wanderer #5:2

*

the mountain was red

then darkened
lasting for
only a few minutes

like a child
going to sleep

from dream book #5:5

a cherita lighthouse

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1 March 2022

2022 – Cherita and Gembun’s Silver Jubilee year
22 June 1997 – 22 June 2022

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stranded
edition #5:10 of the cherita
edited by ai li

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March is here and soon the daffodils will yellow my urban walks with their confident stance.

My dream for this moment in time is for the appearance of the white doves of peace.

This edition of stranded showcases 92 fine cherita and cherita terbalik from writers and poets who hail from UK, USA, Singapore, New Zealand, Philippines, India, Trinidad, Australia and Germany.

stranded is our third book for Cherita’s Silver Jubilee Year of 2022. This is also our 60h edition in the cherita series of storytelling books.

 

stranded

 

www.thecherita.com/bookshop/

 

paperflowers


paper flowers
, on the other hand is my fourth book of 90 virgin cherita and tanka, launched to celebrate the coming of spring.

www.thecherita.com/ailis-bookshop/

Here’s a further update on the proposed Gembun Anthology – I’ve added Gembun Terbalik to the submissions’ guidelines for the Gembun Anthology. I have been experimenting with writing in 3-1 for gembun terbalik, found it addictive, and have therefore decided to add this to the official Gembun guidelines. Submissions for the Anthology continue to come in and the quality of work leaves me with an unenviable and difficult task of the final selection of Gembun for the Anthology.

Do keep sending in more of your timeless Gembun as I have started to select and collate for Anthology 2 as well as for Anthology 1.

If you continue to submit and send in excellent Gembun, the Anthology could well be on its way to becoming a series for showcasing the best of the Gembun genre.

Gembun and Cherita share the same year of birth and they will be celebrating storytelling with Life, Love, Loss and Renewal this jubilee year and hopefully beyond.

Full details on the link below if you have not, as yet, sent in your Gembun for consideration.

www.thecherita.com/gembun/

 

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wishbone

there’s only
ever
one winner

ai li
a gembun from the weight of rain

and
a gembun terbalik :

the
love letter
never sent

chanel no. 5

ai li

The Gembun was created on 12 June 1997 and Cherita on 22 June 1997, and they will both celebrate their silver jubilee in June 2022. Gembun is also a minimal and unique linked form that consists of either a one-word or one sentence first link, followed by a haiku of up to 4 lines. Gembun has to include an element of suggestion in either the opening sentence/link, the haiku or in both.

Gembun Terbalik now joins this minimal form and is an inverted Gembun. It is written with a haiku of 1 – 3 lines as its opening stanza and then capped by a one liner. Six new virgin examples of mine can be seen on www.thecherita.com/gembun/

The Gembun and Gembun Terbalik have to include an element of suggestion in either the opening sentence or haiku, the haiku or opening sentence or in both. Gembun was created by ai li on the 12 June 1997, inspired by Larry Kimmel’s TIBUN. www.aili.co.uk/gembun/

 

Fine examples by Larry Kimmel, Joanna Ashwell and myself can be found, along with Gembun’s original guidelines on my personal website www.aili.co.uk

 

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Here is one Cherita and one Tanka from the 90 poem paper flowers :

 

another lump
of sugar
in her tea

mother’s faraway friend

her lipstick now
in this poem

*

late
oh so
late
at night
poetry endures

ai li

 

*

 

stranded belongs to the ongoing the cherita series, currently 60th on the list, as do my personal ongoing writing in one breath series of 23 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.

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 :-

Cynthia Anderson/ Patricia Prime/ Jackie Chou/ Kath Abela Wilson/ Bryan Rickert/ Robert Horrobin/ ai li/ Taura Scott/ steve black/ Madeleine Basa Vinluan/ Larry Kimmel/ S. Radhamani/ James Haddad/ Barun Saha/ Gillena Cox/ Ram Chandran/ Keith Evetts/ Madhuri Pillai/ Stella Damarjati/ Connie Pittman Ramsey/ Sherry Grant/ eva joan/ Tim Gardiner/ M.J.Iuppa/ Sarah Davies/ Grace Galton/ Susan Burch/ Keitha Keyes/ Neena Singh/ Ruth Kay/ Joanne Ashwell/ Alan Peat/ Peter Jastermsky/ Lorraine A Padden/ Richa Sharma/ Partha Sarkar/ Afta Gley/ paula song sarmonpal/ Mona Bedi/ George Schaefer/ Laughing waters/

A SAMPLE from this edition :-

 

daybreak

rising
before me

I walk out
into a sky
of birds

Cynthia Anderson

 

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

Jackie Chou/ Kath Abela Wilson/ Robert Horrobin/ steve black/ Larry Kimmel/ Madeleine Basa Vinluan/ Barun Saha/ Patricia Prime/ Gillena Cox/ Ram Chandran/ Connie Pittman Ramsey/ Keith Evetts/ Sarah Davies/ Ruth Kay/ Joanna Ashwell/ Peter Jastermsky/ Partha Sarkar/ Taura Scott/ Cynthia Anderson/

stranded 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 a feedback directly to me. Many thanks.

ai li
editor
www.thecherita.com
storyteller oasis

1 February 2022

 

2022 – Cherita and Gembun’s Silver Jubilee year
22 June 1997 – 22 June 2022

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leaving you a note
edition #5:9 of the cherita
edited by ai li

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February 1st will bring in the fabulous Chinese Year of the Tiger with a roar and I would like to wish all our storytellers and readers worldwide a joyous, safe and healthy new year.

This edition of leaving you a note showcases 92 fine cherita and cherita terbalik from writers and poets who hail from UK, USA, Singapore, New Zealand, Australia, Pakistan, India, Romania, the Philippines, Trinidad, Bulgaria and Germany.

leaving you a note is our second book for Cherita’s Silver Jubilee Year of 2022. This is also our 59th edition in the cherita series of storytelling books.

leavingyouanote

www.thecherita.com/bookshop/

February sees me launching another new book, night poetry, which is my fourth Cherita and Haiku book which has 90 virgin cherita, to celebrate my Lunar New Year. I have been unable to visit my spiritual home in the Orient for almost two years of Covid and armchair travelling with words seems a safer alternative for the time being.

nightpoetry=-

www.thecherita.com/ailis-bookshop/

Here’s another short update on the proposed Gembun Anthology – Your grasp of Gembun is inspiring and what I am being sent spurs me on to ensure that this forthcoming Anthology will live up its own unique style of storytelling in 4-5 lines. After all, Gembun and Cherita share the same year of birth and it is only natural that they should each celebrate storytelling with Life, Love, Loss and Renewal as their foundation themes.

Full details on the link below if you have not, as yet, sent in your Gembun for consideration.

www.thecherita.com/gembun/

 

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morning rain

the sound
in
an empty room


ai li

a gembun from the weight of rain

The Gembun was created on 12 June 1997 and Cherita on 22 June 1997, and they will both celebrate their silver jubilee in June 2022. Gembun is also a minimal and unique linked form that consists of either a one-word or one sentence first link, followed by a haiku of up to 4 lines. Gembun has to include an element of suggestion in either the opening sentence/link, the haiku or in both.

Fine examples by Larry Kimmel, Joanna Ashwell and myself can be found, along with Gembun’s original guidelines on my personal website www.aili.co.uk

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Here is one Cherita and one Haiku from the 90 poem night poetry :

 

streetlight

tonight you are
the beacon

outside my window
reminding me
not to stray

 

 

your hand
in the mirror
stroking another

 

ai li

 

*

leaving you a note belongs to the ongoing the cherita series, currently 59th on the list, as do my personal ongoing writing in one breath series of 22 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.

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 :-

Jackie Chou/ Peter Jastermsky/ Bryan Rickert/ ai li/ Patricia Prime/ Sharon Hawley/ Kath Abela Wilson/ Taura Scott/ Joanna Ashwell/ Madhuri Pillai/ Larry Kimmel/ Cynthia Anderson/ Tia Haynes/ John Hawkhead/ Hifsa Ashraf/ Orrin/ Ram Chandran/ Réka Nyitrai/ Alan Peat/ steve black/ Madeleine Basa Vinluan/ Joanne Kennedy Frazer/ Connor Orrico/ Peter Larsen/ James Haddad/ Barun Saha/ Gillena Cox/ Stella Damarjati/ Tsanka Shishkova/ Keith Evetts/ Jim Niffen/ Connie Pittman Ramsey/ Don Baird/ Daniela Becher/ S. Radhamani/ Sherry Grant/ eva joan/ Tim Gardiner/ M.J.Iuppa/ Sarah Davies/ Susan Burch/ Keitha Keyes/ Isabella Kramer/ Neena Singh/ Laughing Waters/ Grace Galton/ Penny Lowery/ Partha Sarkar/

A SAMPLE from this edition :-

 

when it ends

you won’t be there
with

the moon
of love
beginning

 

ai li

 

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

Jackie Chou/ Sharon Hawley/ Kath Abela Wilson/ Taura Scott/ Joanna Ashwell/ Madhuri Pillai/ Larry Kimmel/ Bryan Rickert/ Tia Haynes/ Peter Jastermsky/ Réka Nyitrai/ Alan Peat/ Joanne Kennedy Frazer/ Connor Orrico/ Ram Chandran/ Gillena Cox/ Stella Damarjati/ Tsanka Shishkova/ Jim Niffen/ Connie Pittman Ramsey/ Don Baird/ eva joan/ M.J.Iuppa/ Sarah Davies/ Isabella Kramer/ Keith Evetts/

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

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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
editor
www.thecherita.com
storyteller oasis

 

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24 January 2022


Here’s a cherita from my book say autumn for Monday :

 

a little

night music
opening

my window
a little wider
for stardust

ai li

 

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1 January 2022

 

This is Cherita’s Silver Jubilee Year
22 June 1997 – 22 June 2022

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i suddenly remember
edition #5:8 of the cherita
edited by ai li

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Happy New Year to all our storytellers and readers out there.

This edition of i suddenly remember showcases 92 fine cherita and cherita terbalik from writers and poets who hail from UK, USA, Singapore, New Zealand, Australia, Romania, the Philippines, India, Japan, Trinidad, and Germany.

i suddenly remember is our first book for 2022, the year of Cherita’s silver jubilee. This is also our 58th edition in the cherita series of storytelling books. I can’t tell you how exciting it is for me, to be able to be in the midst of Cherita’s 25th year of being, its quarter of a century of being relevant. June 22nd for me, can’t arrive fast enough to mark Cherita’s birthday.

isuddenlyremember

 

www.thecherita.com/bookshop/

I have also launched a new book, shadow play, which is my ninth Cherita book which has 90 virgin cherita, to celebrate this very special year. It is my way of saying a big thank you to my storytelling offspring that was brave enough to spread its wings and fly even while I was away for eleven years after I stopped editing and publishing still.

 

shadowplay

 

Here’s a short update on the proposed Gembun Anthology – your interest in Cherita’s sibling was warm and enthusiastic. I am more than delighted with the Gembun that has been newly written and submitted for the Anthology. If this momentum keeps up, I may have to publish more than one anthology because it would be a terrible shame to see all that good work go to waste. Full details on the link below if you have not, as yet, sent in your Gembun for consideration.

www.thecherita.com/gembun/

The Gembun was created on 12 June 1997 and Cherita on 22 June 1997, and they will both celebrate their silver jubilee in June 2022. Gembun is also a minimal and unique linked form that consists of either a one-word or one sentence first link, followed by a haiku of up to 4 lines. Gembun has to include an element of suggestion in either the opening sentence/link, the haiku or in both.

Fine examples by Larry Kimmel, Joanna Ashwell and myself can be found, along with Gembun’s original guidelines on my personal website www.aili.co.uk

 

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Here is one of my 90 Cherita from shadow play :

 

a sweet

sweet song
at dusk

the bones
of who we were
deep purple

ai li

 

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i suddenly remember belongs to the ongoing the cherita series, currently 58th on the list, as do my personal ongoing writing in one breath series of 21 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.

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 :-

Kath Abela Wilson/ Jackie Chou/ Connie Pittman-Ramsey/ Larry Kimmel/ Peter Roberts/ Patricia Prime/ Stella Damarjati/ Taura Scott/ Sharon Hawley/ Cynthia Anderson/ ai li/ Joanna Ashwell/ James Haddad/ Alan Peat/ Bryan Rickert/ Peter Jastermsky/ Tia Haynes/ Réka Nyitrai/ Orrin/ Madeleine Basa Vinluan/ S. Radhamani/ Charles Harmon/ steve black/ / kris moon kondo/ Sigrid Saradunn/ Afta Gley/ Ram Chandran/ Connor Orrico/ / Barun Saha/ Gillena Cox/ Don Baird/ Jim Niffen/ Lorraine A Padden/ eva joan/ Partha Sarkar/

A SAMPLE from this edition :-

in that old

and slow
world of
my youth

the lost beauty
that will come later

ai li

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

Connie Pittman-Ramsey/ Kath Abela Wilson/ Jackie Chou/ Peter Roberts/ Joanna Ashwell/ Madeleine Basa Vinluan/ Alan Peat/ Réka Nyitrai/ / Afta Gley/ Ram Chandran/ Barun Saha/

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

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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
editor
www.thecherita.com
storyteller oasis