dream journal
edition 3:9
edited by ai li

This edition of dream journal showcases 90 fine cherita and cherita terbalik from writers and poets who hail from UK, USA, Singapore, Canada, India, Ireland and Germany.

dream journal is the ninth edition for our third year.

I have just returned from a long trip to the Orient taking in Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Kinmen Island and mainland China.

I was entranced by Cantonese Opera and Nanyin [Cantonese narrative singing] at the Tea House Theatre in West Kowloon when I was expecting to be caught up in the midst of tear gas and strong student protests in Hong Kong [I first flew into the legendary Kai Tak airport, now a footnote, decades ago. The approach to KT was technically demanding what with Kowloon’s tall apartment complexes and 2000+ feet of mountains on the north east, and the landing approach could not be flown by aircraft instruments, but rather by eye because of the right-hand turn required. Hairy was the word for the descent], and captivated by the atmospheric incense laden 15th century Ma Ge temple built onto the west side of Mage mountain looking out to sea in Macau. Next came the misty ethereal beauty of Sun Moon Lake and the majesty of wild nature at Taroko Gorge in Taiwan, then onto Kinmen Island [once Quemoy] to see a breathtaking collection of exquisitely well preserved clusters of Ming dynasty village homes and temples, followed by a long snowy road trip to experience Empress Dowager Cixi, Emperors Kangxi and Qianlong’s underground Palaces in minus 10 degrees at the Eastern Qing tombs in Zunhua, Tangshan, outside Beijing, before rounding off my journey to visit Pu Yi, the last Emperor of China’s residence Jingyuan [Garden of Serenity] in Tianjin, formerly Tientsin, where he and his beautiful Empress Wan Rong were at their happiest.

I took away with me so many strong colourful images and experiences waiting to be written down as Cherita. I can’t wait to tell all these stories.

I have edited dream journal as I have all the other editions of the cherita, to be experienced two ways. It can be read as one storybook but also as an anthology of individual poems. Two reading experiences within one book, filled with stories of Life, Love and Loss.

cherita terbalik continues to capture the imagination of poets and there are again fine examples in this edition.

Featured Poets as they appear in this edition :-


Joanna Ashwell/ Kath Abela Wilson/ Taura Scott/ ai li/ Larry Kimmel/ Pat Geyer/ Sharon Hawley/ Joan Stern/ Debbie Strange/ shane pruett/ Carol Purington/ Ruth Kay/ Jackie Chou/ Neelam Dadhwal/ Maryalicia Post/ Myrto E. Angeloglou/ Isabella Kramer/ paula song sarmonpal/ Carmela Centro/ S. Radhamani/ Robert Horrobin/ Geoffrey Winch/ Caroline Skanne/ John Grey/

EXAMPLE OF WORK in dream journal :-


cool nights
warm mornings

the throat

of an orchid

Pat Geyer


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

Joanna Ashwell/ Kath Abela Wilson/ Taura Scott/ Pat Geyer/ Neelam Dadhwal/ Maryalicia Post/ Myrto E. Angeloglou/ Isabella Kramer/ Carmela Centro/ S. Radhamani/ Geoffrey Winch/ Caroline Skanne/ Jackie Chou/ Ruth Kay/ Myrto E. Angeloglou/ Carol Purington/

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

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