old night
Gembun Anthology 6
selected and edited by ai li


A new year for Cherita [22 June 1997] and Gembun [12 June 1997]
their 26th year of being, and for our rising young contender Dua

Another unique storytelling short form genre
created by ai li


the old, launched in tandem with night market, is our sixth Gembun Anthology published by the 1-2-3 press, of 92 virgin gembun.

the old
, Gembun Anthology 6, has attracted writers and poets from UK, USA, Singapore, Germany, India, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.


Featured Poets as they appear in the old :-

Orrin/ Ann Smith/ Pitt Büerken/ ai li/ Radhamani Sarma/ Richa Sharma/ Sigrid Saradunn/ Jackie Chou/ Zee Zahava/ Stella Damarjati/ Sherry Grant/ Diane Funston/ Taura Scott/ Bonnie J. Scherer/ James Haddad/ Neena Singh/ Laughing Waters/ Chidambar Navalgund/ Aishwarya Vedula/ Shloka Shankar/ Akhila Mohan CG/ Kath Abela Wilson/ Taura Scott/ Tazeen Fatma/ Geethanjali Rajan/ kris moon kondo/ Annie Wilson/ Larry Kimmel/ Nitu Yumnam/ Connie Pittman-Ramsey/ Dhaatri Vengunad/ Carolyn Crossley/ Laughing Waters/

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

Orrin/ Radhamani Sarma/ Diane Funston/ Taura Scott/ Sigrid Saradunn/ Jackie Chou/ James Haddad/ Richa Sharma/ Neena Singh/ Bonnie J. Scherer/ Laughing Waters/ Aishwarya Vedula/ Chidambar Navalgund/ Kath Abela Wilson/ Annie Wilson/ Larry Kimmel/

Here are three sample gembun terbalik from the old :

wedding gift
a silk sari
now sad

a memory with holes

Radhamani Sarma


wandering here
there everywhere
everything in its place

except me

James Haddad


the chatter


Neena Singh


the old 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 sixth 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