not a memory, exactly,
edition twelve of the cherita : your storybook journal
edited by ai li


not a memory, exactly, showcases 77 fine cherita from poets who hail from UK, USA, Singapore, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, Croatia, Trinidad and Tobago, Sri Lanka, Poland, Lithuania, Italy and India.

Twelve cherita terbalik or inverted cherita in the 3-2-1, 2-1-3 and 2-3-1 formats are also featured along with one written by three poets within this edition for your enjoyment and inspiration.

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 and Loss.

The cherita terbalik [pronounced chair-rita tur-bar-lake] can be written with stanzas of [3-2-1], [2-1-3], [1–3–2],] 2–3–1] and [3–1–2] and with up to 3 partners. I hope you will all try this either solo or with your writing friends and submit your best efforts to me.

Here is an example from the book :-


Grandma’s house

a basket heavy
with red-ripe tomatoes

I don’t tell
about the wolf’s shadow
that crossed my path


Carol Purington


I would like to thank all the contributing poets of edition twelve for their strong poems which have helped make this edition another warm and rich cherita book.

For all the writers, poets and readers of the cherita – your generous support for the genre and journal has meant we are able to begin our second year of publication from June next month when cherita is also 21 years old, with a new burst of excitement and optimism for the next upcoming twelve editions of the cherita.

My heartfelt thanks,

ai li


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not a memory exactly



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