Cherita’s Silver Jubilee [Gembun’s too]
22 June 1997 – 22 June 2022
edition #6:1 of the cherita
edited by ai li
For Cherita and Gembun’s 25th Silver Jubilee birthday, I am the launching i dream, the Silver Jubilee edition of the 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.
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.
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
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 :-
with one thing on her mind
to let her hair down
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
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.