the night
edition 3:10
edited by ai li

This edition of the night showcases 90 fine cherita and cherita terbalik from writers and poets who hail from UK, USA, Singapore, Germany, The Philippines, Romania, New Zealand, Australia and India.

the night is the tenth edition for our third year.

Just two more editions to go before we start our fourth year of being storytellers via Cherita. I have noticed with wonder at the growth in so many of you with regards to your Cherita stories, and how you are bringing out your very own authentic Cherita voices. Your commitment to writing flash fiction in 6 lines not only inspires but spurs me on to edit even stronger and timeless editions of the cherita. I thank you for all your efforts, and for your timeless Cherita Lighthouses that light up the literary sky.

I have been feeling rather restless since I returned from the Orient, with this ache and longing to be back amongst the ghosts of Chinese history, and I decided that the only panacea for me was to bring out a new book.

keepsake is my second Cherita and Haiku book and my thirtieth poetry book. My first Cherita and Haiku book, which was night rain, was well received and this has prompted me to write a follow-up to that. You’ll find more details of keepsake below.


I have edited the night 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.

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


Featured Poets as they appear in the night :-

ai li/Joanna Ashwell/ Taura Scott/ Kath Abela Wilson/ Tim Callahan/ Larry Kimmel/ Carol Purington/ Pat Geyer/ Ruth Kay/ Robert Horrobin/ Geoffrey Winch/ Caroline Skanne/ Isabella Kramer/ Jackie Chou/ Maricris Cabrera/ Peter Jastermsky/ Réka Nyitrai/ Patricia Prime/ Keitha Keyes/ Tia Haynes/ paula song sarmonpal/ Allyson Chen/ James Haddad/ James Won/ Myrto E. Angeloglou/ Cynthia Anderson/ Tim Gardiner/ Pamela A. Shea/ Partha Sarkar/ Alicia Viguer-Espert/ Constance Griesmer/


EXAMPLE OF WORK from the night :


i walk softly

into these woods
of moss and fern

where voices bounce
without a trace
of a soul

Joanna Ashwell


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

Kath Abela Wilson/ Taura Scott/ Larry Kimmel/ Carol Purington/ Caroline Skanne/ Isabella Kramer/ Peter Jastermsky/ Réka Nyitrai/ Robert Horrobin/ Patricia Prime/ paula song sarmonpal/ Allyson Chen/ Tia Haynes/ Jackie Chou/ Tim Gardiner/ Alicia Viguer-Espert/ Ruth Kay/




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 a feedback directly to me. Many thanks.

Wishing you all the best for the new season.


ai li

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