morning light
edition 2:12
the twenty fourth edition of the cherita

edited by ai li

Greetings from Kuala Lumpur.

I was in Singapore last week where I met up with an enthusiastic gentleman who was at my 7th January lecture at the Peranakan Museum. He enjoyed trying his hand at writing Cherita for the very first time and what transpired between us was a very informal and gratis cherita masterclass which ultimately proved poetically rewarding for both of us. Singapore has always been my mother’s spiritual home and I am more than thrilled to have been able to encourage a new Cherita voice to blossom. I would like to give Anderson my heartfelt thanks.

This edition of morning light showcases 90 fine cherita and cherita terbalik from writers and poets who hail from UK, USA, Singapore, UK, USA, Singapore, New Zealand, Ireland, Trinidad, Poland, Romania and India.


morning light is the fifth edition for 2019. The next edition of the cherita will be an anniversary edition of Cherita celebrating its 22nd birthday [1997 – 2019].

As usual, I have donned my storyteller hat, took on the challenge of selecting and collating all your acceptances into one coherent story. Within that long and sometimes complex 90 cherita story are also all your varied stories, potent with your individual voices, gifting us with the bonus of more stories after the long story is read, to enable us to lose ourselves in their 6 lines.

I can never thank all of you enough for so generously sending in your cherita gems to be considered. Long may we tell and share our stories.

Please join me on the voyage to come. Let’s bring in another year of fine cherita to grace the cherita.

I have edited morning light 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 this edition :

Joanna Ashwell/ Peter Jastermsky/ paula song sarmonpal/ Jimmy Pappas/ Richard Milton Grahn/ Patricia Prime/ ai li/ Larry Kimmel/ Gillena Cox/ Pat Geyer/ Michael H Lester/ Wendy C. Bialek/ Paweł Markiewicz/ Maryalicia Post/ Kath Abela Wilson/ Rachel B. Baxter/ Réka Nyitrai/ Robert Horrobin/ arvinder kaur/ Jackie Chou/ Michael Lee Johnson/ Sharon Hawley/ Taura Scott/ Pauli Dutton/ Peter Larsen/Tom Callahan/




one last goodbye

between us
a final hug and kiss

adrift now
I wander into the kitchen
to make tea

Patricia Prime


I have enjoyed the challenge of selecting and collating for this edition 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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Please be aware that from 31 October 2019, KDP will be retiring their Kindle Matchbook program.





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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