let it rain and when i can’t sleep
the fifth edition of the cherita : your storybook journal
edited by ai li

With the arrival of autumn, ai li has again collated and edited two volumes of 156 of your cherita stories for those long and dark nights.

let it rain and when i can’t sleep edited by ai li have emerged with poets from UK, USA, Australia, Canada, Greece, Singapore, India, Romania, New Zealand, West Africa and Sri Lanka in the first volume and with poets from UK, USA, Australia, India, Ireland, Singapore, Canada and Japan in the second.

There are 78 cherita in each volume.

We also have three way and two way fine collaborative cherita written by three and two poets for you to enjoy, and hopefully be inspired by.

ai li has specially selected images to complement each cherita, which, in turn also tell their own stories for the kindle versions.

Enjoy the fifth edition which you have all helped launched with your fine contributions, and by continuing the age old tradition of storytelling with your words and your stories.


Here is an example from when i can’t sleep :-


stepping into

the deep end
of our longing

I reach for you
to touch
only air


Peter Jastermsky



To purchase a print copy and/or a Kindle book, please click on the cover below
N.B. There are no images in the print version of the cherita.


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

when i can’t sleep




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