This is Cherita’s Silver Jubilee Year
22 June 1997 – 22 June 2022


i suddenly remember
edition #5:8 of the cherita
edited by ai li


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.


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.

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 



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 :-


the sun
in flight


lift me

Connor Orrico


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.


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
storyteller oasis