1 April 2023


Cherita [22 June 1997] and Gembun’s [12 June 1997]
26th year of being
along with our rising young contender Dua


ink stain
edition #6:11 of the cherita
edited by ai li

ink stain is our April edition of the cherita with 95 virgin cherita of more timeless stories to hopefully inspire our readers and poets. This edition has launched in tandem with remembering, our very first Dua Anthology which has 92 virgin dua.

For all the poets and writers who came forth with their dua poems for remembering, our first dua anthology, I would like to give my thanks for their faith in this new genre, and for their patience.


This edition of ink stain showcases 95 fine cherita and cherita terbalik from writers and poets who hail from UK, USA, Singapore, India, New Zealand, Japan, Australia, Germany, Bulgaria, China, The Philippines, Canada and Spain.

ink stain is our fourth book for 2023, in our sixth year of being. This is also our 73rd edition in the cherita series of storytelling books



ink stain belongs to the ongoing the cherita series, currently 73rd on the list, as do my personal ongoing writing in one breath series of 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, the weight of rain and blank screen, and now my two books of Dua, the journey east and dancing shoes have all been added to my writing in one breath series.

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 :-

ai li/ Kath Abela Wilson/ Taura Scott/ Tim Dee/ Rick Wilson/ Jackie Chou/ Sigrid Saradunn/ Diane Funston/ Bonnie J Scherer/ James Haddad/ Ceri Marriott/ Steve Black/ Larry Kimmel/ Barun Saha/ Patricia Prime/ Connie Pittman Ramsey/ kris moon kondo/ Diane Funston/ Gayle Sweeper/ Keitha Keyes/ Isabella Kramer/ Stella Damarjati/ Joanna Ashwell/ Pitt Büerken/ Tsanka Shishkova/ Keith Evetts/ Dominic Willis/ Vidya Premkumar/ Partha Sarkar/ David Cox/ Madeleine Basa Vinluan/ Jennifer Burd/ Erika Wilk/ Peter Jastermsky/ Reid Hepworth/ Ron Scully/ Sherry Grant/ I. Hope/ Eva Joan/ Marilyn Ashbaugh/ Michele Root-Bernstein/

A SAMPLE from this edition :-

ink stain

suffer little writer

the night
still young

ai li

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

Barun Saha/ kris moon kondo/ Diane Funston/ Kath Abela Wilson/ Sigrid Saradunn/ Joanna Ashwell/ Ceri Marriott/ James Haddad/ Jackie Chou/ Partha Sarkar/ David Cox/ Madeleine Basa Vinluan/ Ron Scully/ Peter Jastermsky/ Reid Hepworth/ Vidya Premkumar/ Tsanka Shishkova/

ink stain 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 feedback directly to me. Many thanks.

ai li
storyteller oasis