pieces of sky
edition 2:3, the fifteenth edition of the cherita
edited by ai li


This edition of pieces of sky showcases 90 fine cherita from writers and poets who hail from UK, USA, Singapore, New Zealand, Ukraine, India, the Kingdom of Bhutan, Canada, Lithuania, Australia, Ireland, Romania, and West Africa.

I have thoroughly enjoyed selecting and collating all your cherita for this Summer edition.

cherita terbalik continues to capture the imagination of poets and there are again fine examples in this edition.

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.



at the beach house

she paints
portrait after portrait

of the people
she sees
when nobody’s there


Paul Bryce

Your loyalty and storytelling with cherita continue to inspire me and help me with the ongoing production of the cherita. Your cherita ensure that the quality of the poems is met, which in turn ensure that each edition of the cherita remains top notch to showcase your work.

I cannot thank you enough for your ongoing support, the sharing of your stories, all of which gives flash fiction a new heightened dimension for us to revel in.


ai li


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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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