1 May 2023


Cherita [22 June 1997] and Gembun’s [12 June 1997]
26th year of being
along with our rising young contender Dua


wear and tear
edition #6:12 of the cherita
edited by ai li


wear and tear is our May edition of the cherita with 95 virgin cherita of more timeless stories to hopefully inspire our readers and poets. This edition has launched in tandem with white flowers, our 7th Gembun Anthology which has 92 virgin gembun.

This edition of wear and tear showcases 95 fine cherita and cherita terbalik from writers and poets who hail from UK, USA, Singapore, India, Australia, China, Japan, Germany, Bulgaria, New Zealand and Canada.


wear and tear is our fifth book for 2023, in our sixth year of being. This is also our 74th edition in the cherita series of storytelling books

wear and tear belongs to the ongoing the cherita series, currently 74th on the list, 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 :-

ai li/ Kath Abela Wilson/ Jackie Chou/ Taura Scott/ Diane Funston/ Steve Black/ Barun Saha/ Sigrid Saradunn/ Joanna Ashwell/ Keith Evetts/ Partha Sarkar/ Vidya Premkumar/ Stella Damarjati/ Connie Pittman-Ramsey/ David Cox/ Jerome Berglund/ kris moon kondo/ Pitt Büerken/ Sherry Grant/ Bryan Rickert/ Allyson Chen/ Jan Stretch/ Larry Kimmel/ Elizabeth Moura/ Orrin/ Bonnie J Scherer/ Eva Joan/ Tsanka Shishkova/ M.J.Iuppa/ Eva Damarjati/ Dominic Willis/ Peter Jastermsky/ Reid Hepworth/ Sharon Ferrante/ Ann Smith/


A Cherita from this edition :-

handing over

my number
on paper

I see you
fold my world
within your palm

Joanna Ashwell

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

Diane Funston/ Joanna Ashwell/ Connie Pittman-Ramsey/ Bryan Rickert/ Jan Stretch/ Larry Kimmel/ Tsanka Shishkova/ Eva Joan/ M.J.Iuppa/ Sharon Ferrante/ Jackie Chou/

wear and tear 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 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
storyteller oasis