It’s always exciting to get in on the ground of floor of a new enterprise. Today, one of my poems did just that.
I am thrilled and humbled that one of my poems was published today in the inaugural issue of the international poetry journal The Cherita.
The Malayan poet ai li created the poetic form of the cherita in 1997. The word “cherita” means “story” in Malay. ai li’s three-line cherita form encourages the telling of tales in deft, imagistic language that guides the reader through narratives that gain momentum with each stanza.
This month, the cherita form turns 20, and to celebrate, it gets its own journal, co-edited by ai li and American poet Larry Kimmel. The inaugural issue showcases each cherita on its own page, and illustrates each poem with a vivid photograph related to the poem’s story. The final product is a feast of written and visual images.
ai li and Larry Kimmel have selected a number of my cheritas for publication in the next several issues of their journal. I am honored, and I’m eager to read more moving and inspiring stories in the issues to come.