shadow dancer
anniversary edition 2:1, the thirteenth edition of the cherita
edited by ai li


Cherita is twenty one years old
22 June 1997 – 22 June 2018

The anniversary first edition of our second year has launched in print and on kindle on amazon.

As this edition is an anniversary special, I have introduced a new feature at the end of the book showcasing twelve cherita by a poet fresh to the genre. His work is raw, uncompromising and authentic, and he has no fear of writing about this personal truths.

shadow dancer, showcases 89 fine cherita from poets who hail from UK, USA, Singapore, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, Croatia, Trinidad and Tobago, Sri Lanka, Poland, Lithuania, Italy. West Africa, India, South Korea and China.

We also have our first cherita poet from China and one from South Korea. It appears that cherita has really become the fully fledged crane I wrote about last year on its twentieth birthday. Its journey knows no bounds.

Starting with this edition, the journal will also now be known as just the cherita. I have decided to abbreviate the name as it is less of a mouthful to write down and to read out.

cherita terbalik seems to captured the imagination of a number of poets and there are eighteen fine examples in this edition. The interest in terbalik seems to be growing with more and more writers and poets experimenting with the 5 different formats it can be written in.

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 :-


what I regret

in this
long life

my love
and I
stopped dancing


Maryalicia Post


My heartfelt gratitude and thanks to everyone who has supported me and the cherita over the past year. Your strong support has made it possible for the campfires of storytelling to burn ever so brightly with the sharing of stories all over the world. Our website has had visitors from nearly every corner of the globe pass through again and again.

Thank you for your all stories for this special edition. They will now go out into the universe to captivate other fellow storytellers with their own brand of magic and stardust.

ai li


To purchase a print copy and/or a Kindle book, please click on the cover below
N.B. There are no images in the print version of the cherita.


Please be aware that from 31 October 2019, KDP will be retiring their Kindle Matchbook program.


shadow dancer



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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