2022 a Joint Silver Jubilee Celebration

Cherita 22 June 1997 – 22 June 2022
Gembun 12 June 1997 – 12 June 2022

Two storytelling short form genres created by ai li


i hear
edition #6:3 of the cherita
edited by ai li


Cherita was 25 years old on 22 June 2022 and this is its silver jubilee year.

The cherita genre was created by ai li on the 22 June 1997. It consists of three stanzas of 1 – 2 – 3 lines and it tells a story.




This edition of i hear showcases 95 fine cherita and cherita terbalik from writers and poets who hail from UK, USA, Singapore, Germany, The Philippines, Australia, India, Japan, New Zealand, Bulgaria, Romania and Pakistan.

i hear is our third book for our Silver Jubilee Year of 2022, on our sixth year of being. This is also our 65th edition in the cherita series of storytelling books.


i hear belongs to the ongoing the cherita series, currently 65th 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.

Two of my own books of virgin Gembun have now been added to my writing in one breath series, swelling the numbers to 28.

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 :-

Larry Kimmel/ Sigrid Saradunn/ Kath Abela Wilson/ Taura Scott/ Connie Pittman-Ramsey/ Eva Joan/ Madeleine Basa Vinluan/ Jackie Chou/ Keith Evetts/ ai li/ Keitha Keyes/ Mona Bedi/ Joanna Ashwell/ James Haddad/ Richa Sharma/ Peter Jastermsky/ Diane Funston/ kris moon kondo/ Sherry Grant/ Tsanka Shishkova/ Ram Chandran/ Stella Damarjati/ Bryan Rickert/ Alan Peat/ Réka Nyitrai/ Partha Sarkar/ Jim Niffen/ Clara Sohn Rehor/ Ken Slaughter/ Sigrid Saradunn/ John Hawkhead/ Hifsa Ashraf/ Genie Nakano/ paula song sarmonpal/ David Cox/ Annie Wilson/ Caroline Skanne/ Kim McNealy Sosin/ Barry George Fordham/ Isabella Kramer/ Cynthia Anderson/

A SAMPLE from this edition :-

worst days come

when my thread can’t find
the eye of the needle

and instead goes
skinny dipping
into my coffee

Madeleine Basa Vinluan

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

Eva Joan/ Madeleine Basa Vinluan/ Keith Evetts/ Connie Pittman-Ramsey/ Taura Scott/ Kath Abela Wilson/ Jackie Chou/ Larry Kimmel/ Bryan Rickert/ Alan Peat/ Réka Nyitrai/ kris moon kondo/ Jim Niffen/ Clara Sohn Rehor/ Sigrid Saradunn/ Genie Nakano/ paula song sarmonpal/ Annie Wilson/ Caroline Skanne/ Isabella Kramer/ Joanna Ashwell/

i hear 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


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