1 August 2023

Cherita [22 June 1997] and Gembun [12 June 1997]
have meandered into their 27th Year from June 2023
with a young Dua sprinting after them


the weight of dialogue
#7:3 of the cherita
edited by ai li

the weight of dialogue is our third edition of the cherita in our 27th year of being, with 95 virgin cherita of more timeless stories to hopefully inspire our readers and poets to join our caravanserai of storytellers.


I have launched this edition in tandem with our very first publication from our 1-2-3 press of a solo poet whose work is no stranger to readers of the cherita. She is Joanna Ashwell and her first cherita book of 90 virgin cherita, river lanterns, has been selected, collated, edited and published by me.

This edition of the weight of dialogue showcases 95 fine cherita and cherita terbalik from writers and poets who hail from UK, USA, Singapore, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India, Bulgaria and Germany.

the weight of dialogue is also our eighth book for 2023 and our 77th edition in the cherita series of storytelling book.

the weight of dialogue, currently 77th on the list, belongs to the ongoing the cherita series, as do my personal ongoing writing in one breath series of virgin Cherita, Cherita and Tanka, Cherita and Haiku, and Cherita, Tanka and Haiku books, and lastly my poems for inner rooms series with its 18 Tanka and Haiku books. All these editions are available in paperback and kindle on Amazon.

Two of my own books of virgin Gembun, the weight of rain and blank screen, and now my two books of Dua, the journey east and dancing shoes have all been added to my writing in one breath series.

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, Loss and Renewal.

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

Featured Poets as they appear in this edition :-

Joanna Ashwell/ ai li/ Kathabela Wilson/ Diane Funston/ Jan Stretch/ Larry Kimmel/ Caroline Skanne/ Stella Damarjati/ Sherry Grant/ Keitha Keyes/ Jackie Chou/ Pitt Büerken/ Robert Frede Kenter/ Taura Scott/ Sharon Hawley/ Partha Sarkar/ Tsanka Shishkova/ Paulette Calasibetta/ Pete Taylor/ Isabella Kramer/ Nicholas Gentile/ Ceri Marriott/ Sharon Ferrante/ Sigrid Saradunn/

Three sample Cherita from the weight of dialogue :-

in a hollow tree

an owl

falling snow

Larry Kimmel





Caroline Skanne


your old love

under a rain tree

the drizzle

ai li


the cherita lighthouse has been awarded to the following writers and poets in this edition for their timeless Cherita :

Larry Kimmel/ Caroline Skanne/ Sherry Grant/ Pitt Büerken/ Isabella Kramer/ Kathabela Wilson/

the weight of dialogue has been edited to be experienced two ways. It can be read as a storybook and as an anthology of individual poems.

copyright © ai li 2023


I have enjoyed the challenge of selecting and collating for this edition of the cherita and hope that you will find the cherita within worthy of a campfire gathering and the sharing of meaningful stories.
If this new edition strikes a chord with you, please feel free to review, comment on Amazon or give feedback directly to me. Many thanks.

ai li

creator of cherita, gembun, dua
and of 19 other unique and original linked forms
storyteller oasis