taste of rain
edition 2:4, the sixteenth edition of the cherita
edited by ai li


This edition of taste of rain showcases 90 fine cherita and cherita terbalik from writers and poets who hail from UK, USA, Singapore, New Zealand, India, Canada, Lithuania, Australia, Ireland, Italy, West Africa and the Philippines.

After what has been an extremely hot summer in the UK, I felt that I should reflect the much welcomed rain days we are now experiencing in the title of this edition.

Your loyal support for cherita and the cherita is much valued by me and I appreciate all your ongoing enthusiasm for the genre.

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.



a broken lamp

laid in pieces
shattered dreams

no beam
no haven
to curl inside


Joanna Ashwell

We have, in the edition, several new names whose cherita I am proud to showcase and I sincerely hope that they will become regular contributors to the cherita from now on.

I have also successfully migrated a further three of my earlier kindle books into paperback on Amazon. I decided to give them all a new colour cover along with a minor revised layout design which is all part of the mini makeover.

Thank you for all your support and more importantly for sharing all your wonderful cherita taking us all into early autumn.

drowning jasmine, fish kiss and tenement moon join taste of rain in this combined book launch today.


If any of the above four books strike a chord with you, please feel free to review, comment on Amazon or give a feedback directly to me. Many thanks.


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 and kindle versions of the cherita.



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





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