paper talisman
gembun anthology 3
selected and edited by ai li


Celebrating Gembun’s Silver Jubilee
12 June 1997 – 12 June 2022

Another unique storytelling short form genre
created by ai li


paper talisman, the third also eagerly awaited Gembun Anthology 3 has launched, published by the 1-2-3 press, of 92 virgin gembun.

I was so very humbled by all the support I received from my call for the very first Gembun Anthology.  We now have two more completed Anthologies, soon to be followed by Anthologies 4, 5, 6 and 7. You have excelled yourselves yet again, and the result is evident within the pages of this new book. I took my time selecting and collating to ensure that this anthology showcases not only the best of Gembun, but how and what you can write with Gembun. This Anthology can be used as a strong reference book for aspiring Gembun writers.

My wish is for the Anthology to become a series for showcasing the best of the Gembun genre with the gifts from your writing.

Featured Poets as they appear in paper talisman from the USA, UK, Singapore, India, Japan, The Philippines, Poland, Australia and Canada :

Daniela Becher/ Keith Evetts/ ai li/ Joanna Ashwell/ Jackie Chou/ Taura Scott/ Laughing Waters/ Kala Ramesh/ Lakshmi Iyer/ Kath Abela Wilson/ Radhamani Sarma/ Partha Sarkar/ kris moon kondo/ Madeleine Basa Vinluan/ Diane Funston/ James Haddad/ Steve Brisendine/ R. Suresh Babu/ Vijay Prasad/ Neena Singh/ Sharon Hawley/ Paweł Markiewicz/ Lesley Anne Swanson/ Robert Horrobin/ Caroline Skanne/ D’ellen/ paula song sarmonpal/ Connie Pittman-Ramsey/ Michael Lee Johnson/ Keitha Keyes/ Sigrid Saradunn/ Ritchie Albert/ Tim Gardiner/ Lynne Jambor/

a gem award has been awarded to the following writers and poets in this edition for Gembun that shone :

Joanna Ashwell/ kris moon kondo/ Kath Abela Wilson/ James Haddad/ Sharon Hawley/ Paweł Markiewicz/ Lesley Anne Swanson/ Robert Horrobin/ Caroline Skanne/ Jackie Chou/ Keitha Keyes/ Partha Sarkar/ Neena Singh/ Tim Gardiner/ Lynne Jambor/


Here are three Gembun from paper talisman :


the solace

of a memory
shaping the rain
into you

Joanna Ashwell



I am winging
enchanted by magic

the silence

Paweł Markiewicz





my soul
into a crane

ai li




paper talisman 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 third anthology of Gembun, and hope that you will find this book of timeless gembun worthy of a campfire gathering and the sharing of meaningful stories.

If this book strikes a chord with you, please feel free to review, comment on Amazon or give a feedback directly to me. Many thanks.

ai li