on a quiet street
edition eleven of the cherita : your storybook journal
edited by ai li

This edition of the cherita launches from London as I am now back from Singapore.

on a quiet street showcases 77 fine cherita from poets who hail from UK, USA, Singapore, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Croatia, Trinidad and Tobago, Sri Lanka, Poland, Lithuania and West Africa. Six cherita terbalik or inverted cherita of the 3-2-1 format, are also featured 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 spring and renewal.

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. This edition features the 3-2-1 format. The 2-1-3 format will be featured in a forthcoming edition of the cherita.


Here is an example from the book :-


I knew

it was the way
you said her name

the way flowers
discover sun
in spring


Tiffany Shaw-Diaz

My grateful thanks go out to all the poets who helped make edition eleven another strong book of your stories. Your loyal and continued support is something I do not take for granted.

Here’s wishing you good things and good times wherever you are,

ai li


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on a quiet street



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