Something New

The cherita is a new poetry form, devised in 1997 by the poet ai li. ‘Cherita’ is the Malay word for story or tale. Concise and straight forward, depending on suggestion for its impact, it is perhaps the ideal poetry form for today.

More narrative than the three-line haiku, less lyrical than the five-line tanka, a six-line cherita furnishes the reader with an image that expands to a story in the mind. 

ARC is a collection of my cherita. If read in sequence, the 66 cherita tell a life story, a love story. They can also be read at random. Most of these appeared first in the, edited by ai li.

ARC is available in paper back and in Kindle formats from Amazon . 

An example of the cherita:

I was happy

sleeping in his arms

waking to his voice

never noticing the clock

how quickly

the hands move