B O O K S H O P 


it’s a secret place
edition 3:12
edited by ai li

This edition of it’s a secret place showcases 90 fine cherita and cherita terbalik from writers and poets who hail from UK, USA, Singapore, New Zealand/ Australia/ Canada/ India/ Poland/ Romania and Ireland.

it’s a secret place is the twelfth and last edition for our third year. the cherita begins its fourth year next month in June 2020 with its 23rd birthday on the 22 June 2020.




There’s still no let-up on our Covid-19 lockdown in the UK. Buying food and essentials now require queueing with social distancing being de rigueur. A once ordinary routine has become time consuming but I thank my lucky stars that I am still able to perform this weekly trip unlike the huge numbers of people stricken by this unrelenting virus, and being kept away from their loved ones. The uncertainty of ever meeting up again with their family looms large over all these patients. My nights are full of whispered prayers for all the sick and dying.

I urge you to find your very own secret place during this testing time – I call mine my spiritual oasis where I find myself armchair travelling to become the wandering storyteller of my dreams. Writing short form poetry has always been a panacea for healing for me, and helped me through the tougher times in my life. These minimal words can take one to a place of wonder and light when our illusory world grows darker with the unresolved problems of a day.

Since Friday 10 April, I have been posting published cherita from the cherita daily on our Lockdown Cherita, a new feature on our website




My hope is that these special cherita will not only help inspire all aspiring Cherita poets and writers to start telling their own stories in 6 lines but also inspire and spur on our established cherita poets and writers to lift and write us all out of this lockdown period with more of their timeless cherita.

Please be aware that for the next 5 days, there will be no lockdown cherita whilst the edition announcement for #3:12 is up. Lockdown Cherita will resume with its eighteenth cherita on Wednesday 6 May.

I have edited it’s a secret place  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 and Loss.

cherita terbalik continues to capture the imagination of poets and there are again fine examples in this edition.


Featured Poets as they appear in it’s a secret place  :-

ai li/ Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal/ Taura Scott/ Kath Abela Wilson/ Larry Kimmel/ Joanna Ashwell/ Patricia Prime/ Carol Purington/ Myrto E. Angeloglou/ Keitha Keyes/ Peter Jastermsky/ Jackie Chou/ Ruth Kay/ Cynthia Anderson/ Tim Gardiner/ Debbie Strange/ Vicki Moreno/ Tiffany Shaw-Diaz/ Mekhled Alzaza/ Grace Galton/ Robert Horrobin/ Gregory Longenecker/ Neelam Dadhwal/ Paweł Markiewicz/ S.Radhamani/ Réka Nyitrai/ Ron Scully/ paula song sarmonpal/ Partha Sarkar/ Elva Lauter/ Jonathan Vos Post/ James Haddad/ Isabella Kramer/ Maryalicia Post/ Tim Callahan/


EXAMPLE OF WORK from it’s a secret place  :


in maple shade

hand upon
the latch I turn

to look at where
the sky and earth

Larry Kimmel


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

Larry Kimmel/ Peter Jastermsky/ Jackie Chou/ Kath Abela Wilson/ Joanna Ashwell/ Debbie Strange/ Vicki Moreno/ Tiffany Shaw-Diaz/ Mekhled Alzaza/ paula song sarmonpal/




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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Once we notify you that we have accepted your poems for publication, either in the online journal or print journal, please do not share or submit your work elsewhere until we have published your work, or the editor will withdraw your work from publication. We also ask that you refrain from republishing your work in any medium for 90 days from publication in the cherita: your storybook journal.Thanks.


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