Monday, March 6, 2017

25 Cherita

     I am very grateful that ai li invited me to submit for a special feature on cherita (pronounced ‘CHAIR-ee-tah) in Atlas Poetica. Cherita is a narrative and lyrical six-line poem invented by ai li in 1997. Though it was challenging for me to write a cherita since it was the first time I heard about it, I ended up being one of the 25 poets who were featured. That was a big surprise to me! To be honest, I wasn't sure of what I was doing. I just read the guidelines, several examples, and gave it a shot. Instinctively, I wrote like I was writing a tanka with one extra line.

death anniversary
sprouting weeds
on mother’s burial lot

maybe today
I’ll find a memory
to miss her

     To read more about "25 Cherita," edited and introduced by ai li, visit the following: to read ’25

     Since cherita's inception, it has grown tremendously. Poets such as ai li, Larry Kimmel, Sheila Windsor, and other cherita poets on Atlas Poetica have experimented on this form. You can read their written work on their respective websites and on Twitter. 


  1. Congratulations, Chrissi! on a great cherita and making the short list of 25! Please send more cherita to We would love to see you in the first-ever issue for June 2017!

  2. Thank you, Michael. I'm so grateful for ai li for inviting me to submit. I was introduced to a new form of expression. It feels good to be welcomed to your upcoming premier issue. I'll try my best to submit. :-)