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

 

9 April 2021

 

a light has been turned off in the united kingdom

ai li

 

In Memoriam
HRH Prince Philip
Duke of Edinburgh
1921 – 2021

 

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1 April 2021

 

a shadow of myself
edition 4:11 of the cherita
edited by ai li

This edition of a shadow of myself showcases 90 fine cherita and cherita terbalik from writers and poets who hail from UK, USA, Singapore, UK, USA, Australia, Germany, New Zealand, Ireland, Canada, India and Indonesia.

 

ashadowofmyself

 

a shadow of myself is our fourth edition for 2021 and the eleventh edition of our fourth year of being. This edition numbers 49 in the cherita series of storytelling books, and growing fast.

In my rush to get my groceries into my back hallway during a recent deluge, I tripped and went flying, fortunately into a pile of empty cardboard boxes [awaiting recycling] and miraculously landing onto a 30 year old thick rush mat below, which broke a major part of my fall. During this period of much pain and sleepless nights [just couldn’t get comfortable], I decided to work on the refreshing and migrating of the next three of my remaining 9 personal kindle books. They now join my 9 migrated kindle books [totalling 12 paperbacks] which now leaves me only 6 left to migrate. The process is time consuming but I have to discipline myself to do it. I’ve set myself a target to finish the last 6 kindle books by the end of 2021, come what may.

These three newly migrated paperbacks were given front and back cover makeovers.

Find the 3 refreshed eyes at the zoo [freefalling into pysche], so much sky [brushed by zen] and old light [memento mori] in :

 

https://www.thecherita.com/ailis-bookshop/

 

ONE TANKA AND ONE HAIKU from eyes at the zoo [freefalling into pysche]:

eyesatthezoo

find me
in another place
look under
every stepping stone
to nowhere

 

a dream so old
the kimonos
all faded

ai li

 

ONE HAIKU AND ONE TANKA from so much sky [brushed by zen]:

somuchsky

october wood just for me red sonata

 

and i remember
frost
on the nursery window
rhyme
out of nowhere

ai li

 

ONE TANKA AND ONE HAIKU from old light [memento mori]:

oldlight

back from the hospital
and in the shower
washing away
the first layer
of dying

 

small town
dusk
in a dogbark

ai li

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a shadow of myself belongs to the ongoing the cherita series, currently numbering 49 on the list, as do my personal ongoing writing in one breath series of 16 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 on kindle on Amazon.

I have edited a shadow of myself 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 a shadow of myself :-

Joanna Ashwell/ Kath Abela Wilson/ Jackie Chou/ ai li/ Stella Damarjati/ Isabella Kramer/ Ruth Kay/ Sherry Grant/ Patricia Prime/ B. A. France/ Mary Gunn/ Debbie Strange/ Partha Sarkar/ Taura Scott/ S.Radhamani/ James Haddad/ Tim Gardiner/ Keitha Keyes/ Rita Malhotra/ Lakshmi Iyer/ Peter Jastermsky/ Cynthia Anderson/ zee zahava/ Pat Davis/ Orrin/ Pat Geyer/ Emalisa Rose/ Elisa Theriana/ Caroline Skanne/

EXAMPLE OF WORK from a shadow of myself:-

 

the duplicity
of mirrors

50 years on

you are still
the fairest
in the land

ai li

 

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

Kath Abela Wilson/ Ruth Kay/ S.Radhamani/ Cynthia Anderson/ Pat Geyer/ Caroline Skanne/

a shadow of myself has been edited to be experienced two ways very much. 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

 

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29 March 2021

 

Storytelling is H2O for the soul

I’m now reading submissions for #4:12 and #5:1 –  the May and June editions of the cherita [deadlines of 30 April and 31 May 2021]

So come Cherita . . .

Here’s one of mine from coming home late, edition #3:3 of the cherita :-

 

finding

a piece
of driftwood

for
the empty spaces
of empty places


ai li

 

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1 March 2021

 

a time of wonder
edition 4:10 of the cherita
edited by ai li

 

This edition of a time of wonder showcases 90 fine cherita and cherita terbalik from writers and poets who hail from UK, USA, Singapore, UK, USA, New Zealand, Australia, India, Canada, Ireland, Indonesia, El Salvador and Germany.

 

 

atimeofwonder

 

 

a time of wonder is our third edition for 2021 and the tenth edition of our fourth year of being. This edition numbers 48 in the cherita series of storytelling books, and growing fast.

 

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On what was another groundhog day of lockdown, I came across my original copy of the inaugural 1997 edition of still. The book was in excellent nick and it brought back many good and fond memories of the journal of short verse I edited and published in the 90s. I was reminded of what the late James Kirkup wrote after he received his copy of the very first still:


‘As soon as I opened the packet I knew it was you – the unmistakable photographer.

The cover of “Still” looks like a Henry Moore (Ugh!) by Bacon (Wow!)…

Very well done…The title is evocative, reminds me of a collection by some

American beat poet (who?)…”A Journal of Short Verse” – but some are not short

enough. Crisper, please. I’ve always wanted a magazine that would print one

one-line poem a page.’  James Kirkup 1997

 

These are the names from the index of the short form poets who contributed to the first edition of still  – John Barlow/ Helen Buckingham/ Adele David/ Patricia V. Dawson/ Alan Dent/ jean dubois/ Gerald England/ Michael Facherty/ Janice Fixter/ Humberto Gatica/ John Hudak/ Jim Kacian/ Richard Leigh/ Chiyoko Mukai/ Chris Mulhern/ Zane Parks/ Dick Petit/ Jane Reichhold/ Alexis K. Rotella/ John Sheirer/ Eric D. Speight/ Takenoko/ Brian Tasker/ Rudolf Thiem/ Barbara Louis Ungar/ Kenneth Verity/ David C. Ward/ Bill Wyatt/ to name but a few of the published poets. The other contributors were mainstream poets and first timers to short form.

It all seems like a lifetime ago. Some of the names above are no longer with us but their poems live on. Here is one of my Haiku from the inaugural edition :-

 

in christmas snow

the only footprints

mine


ai li

 

All editions of still were originally available for sale in Blackwell’s, Book Etc, Waterstones, Karnac Books, Neal Street Bookshop in London, and I was sole distributor of the books. Re-discovering these vintage editions has spurred me on to consider offering some of them for sale again to a new readership. Please watch this space.

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I continue to infuse my lockdown time with more writing. Muse has been omnipresent and more than generous with its offerings of Cherita, Tanka and Haiku. This gift from the gods has resulted in a new book [my third] of one breath virgin cherita and tanka, and which I have decided to name a dark sea.

 

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Here is a Cherita and a Tanka from a dark sea :-

 

 

the rowboat

 

tied up

for the night

 

no one hears

the tide come in

but the moon

 

 

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sorcery

at dawn

my feet

on

vanishing dew

 

 

ai li

 

 

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a time of wonder belongs to the ongoing the cherita series, currently numbering 48 on the list, as do my personal ongoing writing in one breath series of 15 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 on kindle on Amazon.

 

I have edited a time of wonder 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 a time of wonder :-

Kath Abela Wilson/ Jackie Chou/ Larry Kimmel/ ai li/ Cynthia Anderson/ Taura Scott/ Bryan Rickert/ Joanna Ashwell/ James Haddad/ Patricia Prime/ Peter Jastermsky/ Stella Damarjati/ Caroline Skanne/ Shloka Shankar/ Ruth Kay/ Kath Abela/ Sherry Grant/ Debbie Strange/ B.A. France/ Mary Gunn/ Emalisa Rose/ Elisa Theriana/ Pat Geyer/ S.Radhamani/ Tim Gardiner/ Keith Keyes/ John J. Han/ Steve Lang/  Isabella Kramer/ Christine L. Villa/


EXAMPLE OF WORK from
a time of wonder :-

at dusk

wild strawberry blossoms
thick
as a starry sky

can you blame
me

Larry Kimmel

 

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

Kath Abela Wilson/ Jackie Chou/ Larry Kimmel/ Joanna Ashwell/ Peter Jastermsky/ Caroline Skanne/ Emalisa Rose/ Patricia Prime/ Christine L. Villa/ Cynthia Anderson/


a time of wonder has been edited to be experienced two ways very much. 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

 

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.

 

25 February 2021

 

Storytelling is oxygen for the soul

I’m now reading submissions for #4:11 and #4:12 –  the April and May editions of the cherita [deadlines of 31 March and 30 April 2021]

So come Cherita . . .

Here’s one of mine from a sense of place, edition #4:1 of the cherita :-

 

lockdown

write yourself into
a healing oasis
with medjool dates

under a night
of falling stars

 

ai li

 

 

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1 February  2021

 

some kind of magic
edition 4:9 of the cherita
edited by ai li

 

This edition of some kind of magic showcases 90 fine cherita and cherita terbalik from writers and poets who hail from UK, USA, Singapore, New Zealand, India, Germany, Indonesia, Romania and Canada.

 

somekindofmagic

 

We’ll be moving from the Year of the Rat to the Year of the Ox after Chinese New Year, which falls on 12 February.

I remember my late maternal Straits Chinese grandmother telling us to watch out for a Rat year as things could get tough. How right she was! The Year of the Ox, she would say, was a year of plod, a more calming year for most, albeit with still some obstacles to be encountered. I see that as positive progress, a sliver of light shining into a new year after what has been a very difficult 2020 for the world.

I would like to pause here before I go on because I would like to remember our two wonderful storytellers – Carol Purington and Joan E. Stern, who we recently and very sadly lost. Our regular readers will recall the timeless Cherita these two poets have generously shared with us over the years. They have helped to ensure that the essence of storytelling is kept alive and well within Cherita’s 6 lines. They may both be gone but their stories remain as testament to their innate skill for bringing to life again moments in time thought forever lost.

some kind of magic is our second edition for 2021 and the ninth edition of our fourth year of being. This edition numbers 47 in the cherita series of storytelling books, and growing fast.

During the quiet break over the holidays, I managed to migrate another 3 of my own 12 remaining kindle Haiku and Tanka books to paperback. They now join the first migrated 6 books. This now leaves me the remaining 9 kindle books to migrate to paperback which I hope to gradually complete in 2021.

All three books were given front and back cover makeovers, with one given a fresh new title [dead skin is now white paper] and back road now having 9 cherita within which I re-configured from tanka, and one haiku [for an element of surprise]. Find the 3 refreshed white paper [on the edge of silence . . .], back road [temps perdu] and black lace [journal intime] in :

https://www.thecherita.com/ailis-bookshop/

 

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ONE HAIKU AND ONE TANKA from white paper [on the edge of silence . . .] :

whitepaper

 

 

the dark after home movies

 

the woman
in
a wedding dress
asleep
on the sea bed

 

ai li

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ONE HAIKU AND ONE TANKA from back road [temps perdu] :

backroad

 

 

the electric sign
of a heart
on the edge
of a new town
nothing lonelier

 

another time
another place
comes fall

 

ai li

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ONE HAIKU AND ONE TANKA from black lace [journal intime] :

blacklace

 

 

left on my own
i glue
fragments
the broken bowl
in you & me

 

the hands in the dark not yours

 

ai li

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some kind of magic belongs to the ongoing the cherita series, currently numbering 47 on the list, as do my personal ongoing writing in one breath series of 15 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 on kindle on Amazon.

I have edited some kind of magic 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 some kind of magic :-

 

Kath Abela Wilson/ Jackie Chou/ Larry Kimmel/ ai li/ Cynthia Anderson/ Patricia Prime/ Bryan Rickert/ Orrin/ James Haddad/ Joanna Ashwell/ Sherry Grant/ Peter Jastermsky/ Robert Horrobin/ Pat Geyer/ rachel mckee/ Stella Damarjati/ Taura Scott/ Ruth Kay/ Daniela Becher/ Shloka Shankar/ Caroline Skanne/ Isabella Kramer/ Elisa Theriana/ S.Radhamani/ B.A.France/ Emalisa Rose/ Réka Nyitrai/ Debbie Strange/ Christine L. Villa/

 

EXAMPLE OF WORK from some kind of magic :-

 

my life
an incomplete mosaic

I find
the missing pieces
in a drawer

full of throwaway poems

Jackie Chou

 

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

Jackie Chou/ Patricia Prime/ James Haddad/ Isabella Kramer/ B.A. France/ Emalisa Rose/ Réka Nyitrai/ Sherry Grant/ Debbie Strange/ Caroline Skanne/ Cynthia Anderson/ Joanna Ashwell/ Larry Kimmel/ Kath Abela Wilson/

some kind of magic 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

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.

 

copyright © ai li 2021

 

 

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25 January 2021

 

Joan E. Stern

We have lost another warm and wonderful storyteller today.
Joan began storytelling with the cherita since our early days in 2017. She was always thoughtful and kind. I will miss her.

Here is a hint of the person she was :

‘Many thanks for your kind thoughts. Actually, the lockdown has made it easier for me to maintain a less demanding schedule and capture as much “blue light” as possible. Be well- Joan/’

September 2020

 

and two cherita by Joan for us to remember her by :

 

we unite

soar into
forever

past skies
of
shooting stars


Joan Stern
from let it rain [the cherita] 2017

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the wounded moth

a swarm
of
hungry ants

the endless
circle of life

 

Joan Stern
from a warm night [the cherita] 2019

 

 

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1 January 2021

 

nights
edition 4:8 of the cherita
edited by ai li

 

This edition of nights showcases 90 fine cherita and cherita terbalik from writers and poets who hail from UK, USA, Singapore, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Germany, India and Romania.

nights

Happy New Year to all our cherita friends and aficionados out there.

nights is our first edition for 2021 and the eighth edition of our fourth year of being.
It numbers 46 in the cherita series of storytelling books.

2021 – a new year with two good success rate Covid vaccines to look forward to. At last, there appears to be some positive news for us Brits, to hopefully be able to reclaim some kind of normality in all our lives. My fervent prayer is for everyone around the world to soon be able to have these vaccines to enable them to hopefully stay healthy throughout the new year, and be able to get out of their lockdowns.

In the midst of collating #4:8 over the quiet festive period, I decided to put together another new one breath cherita book of mine how soft the light. More details of my book follow on below.

Writing Cherita was again a healing process for me during our interminable lockdown. My stories help make my world whole again, almost tangible, even out of dreamtime. Words, like old dialects, softening my writing nights into a magical oasis of remembrance.

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how soft the light
ai li’s seventh book of virgin one breath cherita

This is my thirty third second book and my seventh book of virgin one breath cherita. It belongs to my writing in one breath series which are all available in paperback and on kindle on Amazon.

 

howsoftthelight

Here is a cherita from how soft the light :

 

not a sound

on
my rooftop

a snowflake
landing
on my tongue

ai li

how soft the light belongs to the ongoing writing in one breath series of 15 virgin Cherita, Cherita and Tanka, Cherita and Haiku, and Cherita, Tanka and Haiku books. All these editions are available in paperback and on kindle on Amazon.

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nights belongs to the ongoing the cherita series, currently numbering 46 on the list, as do my personal ongoing writing in one breath series of 14 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 on kindle on Amazon.

I have edited nights 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 nights:-

Larry Kimmel/ Joanna Ashwell/ ai li/ Orrin/ Kath Abela Wilson/ Jackie Chou/ Patricia Prime/ Taura Scott/ Stella Damarjati/ Bryan Rickert/ Carol Purington/ Sherry Grant/ James Haddad/ Peter Jastermsky/ S.Radhamani/ Christine L. Villa/ Réka Nyitrai/ Pat Geyer/ rachel mckee/ Daniela Becher/ Cynthia Anderson/ Caroline Skanne/ Shloka Shankar/ Elva Lauter/ Robert Horrobin/ Geoffrey Winch/ Keitha Keyes/

EXAMPLE OF WORK from nights:

so
the moon and stars
aren’t shining

but
that’s no reason

why we shouldn’t

Geoffrey Winch

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

Joanna Ashwell/ Kath Abela Wilson/ Jackie Chou/ Taura Scott/ Réka Nyitrai/ Elva Lauter/ Peter Jastermsky/ Patricia Prime/

nights 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
editor
www.thecherita.com
storyteller oasis

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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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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