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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

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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

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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

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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

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i have heard
the mermaids

singing
in
the quiet waters

the fish entranced

from the sweetness #5:3

a cherita lighthouse

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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

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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

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late
oh so
late
at night
poetry endures

ai li

 

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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.

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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

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

 

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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
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