1 March 2023


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


night market
edition #6:10 of the cherita
edited by ai li

night market
is our March edition of the cherita with 95 virgin cherita of more timeless stories to hopefully inspire our readers and poets. This edition launches with the old, another eagerly awaited Gembun Anthology with this being No. 6 and its own 92 virgin gembun.

All the contributors for the old have been more than patient and I cannot thank them enough for their faith in me and the ongoing gembun anthology itself.


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

night market is our third book for 2023, in our sixth year of being. This is also our 72nd edition in the cherita series of storytelling books.




night market belongs to the ongoing the cherita series, currently 72nd 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 :-

Sigrid Saradunn/ Jackie Chou/ Kath Abela Wilson/ ai li/ Lynne Fayne/ Taura Scott/ Diane Funston/ Bonnie J Scherer/ James Haddad/ Partha Sarkar/ Larry Kimmel/ Barun Saha/ Steve Black/ Madeleine Basa Vinluan/ Patricia Prime/ Maxianne Berger/ Tim Callahan/ Lynne Jambor/ Stella Damarjati/ Connie Pittman Ramsey/ Gayle Sweeper/ Keitha Keyes/ Isabella Kramer/ Joanna Ashwell/ Pitt Büerken/ Tsanka Shishkova/ Jim Niffen/ Sayantan Sarkar/ Eva Joan/ David Cox/ kris moon kondo/

A SAMPLE from this edition :-

the sharp fresh taste
of a washed green apple

chopped into quarters

sprinkled with sugar
the taste sweeter
than expected

Patricia Prime

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

Sigrid Saradunn/ Jackie Chou/ Kath Abela Wilson/ Bonnie J Scherer/ Steve Black/ Barun Saha/ Connie Pittman Ramsey/ Diane Funston/ Partha Sarkar/ Isabella Kramer/ Joanna Ashwell/ Tsanka Shishkova/ Stella Damarjati/ Madeleine Basa Vinluan/

night market 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