whisper me free
edition 2:8, the twentieth edition of the cherita
edited by ai li

This edition of whisper me free showcases 90 fine cherita and cherita terbalik from writers and poets who hail from UK, USA, Singapore, Canada, Lithuania, France, Australia, New Zealand, India and Pakistan.

Some of you may have noticed that this edition was launched ahead of schedule on Amazon. As I knew I would be travelling during the festive period when I was supposed to be launching this edition, I decided it was prudent to err on the side of caution and go for an early launch instead.

whisper me free is the first edition for 2019. I will now be able to share the book with the audience on the evening of my lecture at the Peranakan Museum in Singapore on Monday 7 January 2019, because of its early launch. I will be taking along my personal copy.

Three of the new budding cherita poets – paula song sarmonpal, Ruth Ingram and Mekhled Alzaza, from my cherita writing course have their work featured in this edition. They have come to the genre cold, as it were, and I have had the great pleasure and honour of seeing them blossom in the shortest space of time which I find inspirational. They were eager to share their life stories and I was eager to hear them speak cherita. I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for taking the plunge into cherita and surfacing with their 6 lines of wonder.

I have decided to not renew my subscription with the e-card company I have used for the last year, as I discovered that their new card designs were slow in appearing on their website which rather limited what I could share with you for 2019. I will be searching for a new e-card company, and if my search proves fruitful, will reinstate the greeting e-cards in my mailshot to all of you. My apologies.

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.

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 :-

Shoshanah Steinberg/ ai li/ Kath Abela Wilson/ Joanna Ashwell/ Tia Haynes/ Christine L. Villa/ James Haddad/ Elva Lauter/ Joanne Morcom/ Peter Jastermsky/ Patricia Prime/ Peter Larsen/ Geoffrey Winch/ Larry Kimmel/ Madhuri Pillai/ Ruth Ingram/ paula song sarmonpal/ Keitha Keyes/ Autumn Noelle Hall/ Samantha Sirimanne Hyde/ B.S.Saroja/ Artűras Šilanskas/ Jack Priestnall/ Ben Taylor/ Hifsa Ashraf/ Debbie Strange/ Mekhled Alzaza/ Maryalicia Post/ Paweł Markiewicz/ Wendy C. Bialek/ Robert Horrobin/ Michael H Lester/



child of my heart

how should i know you?
in your eyes

the archives of ancestry
the long forgotten

paula song sarmonpal


I would like to wish all of you an exciting but safe 2019. Please keep writing your stories. Your cherita will inspire and help us all heal as we connect again around the campfire of all dreams.

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.

ai li



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