Special Feature ‘25 Cherita,’ Edited and Introduced by ai li Published by Atlas Poetica
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31 January 2017 — Perryville, Maryland, USA
Atlas Poetica is pleased to announce its latest special feature, ’25 Cherita,’ edited and introduced by ai li, the inventor of cherita. Twenty-five poets from six countries have contributed one cherita each as they explore the possibilities of these six lines stories. Invented by ai li in 1997, cherita are the latest offshoot of tanka literature. Both lyrical and narrative, each verse adds a line, expanding the poem into greater depths and details.
The poets of ‘25 Cherita’ (pronounced ‘CHAIR-ee-tah) vary in their approaches and experiences. Some, like Larry Kimmel, are well-known for working in the cherita form, while others have only recently taken up the challenge. Make no mistake, it is a challenge. Like any of the Japanese style short poems, to truly master the form is much more difficult than it looks. Cherita combine the demands of flash fiction to tell a story with the tanka demand for lyricism.
a street busker
plays the accordion
the upturned hat
empty at his feet
except for shadow
Patricia Prime, New Zealand
the breeding ground of stars . . .
let’s blow this dust off the shelf
this stellar afternoon
Lesley Anne Swanson, USA
unable to wipe
sweat from her face
for her husband
to cast the first stone
Tracy Davidson, England
Visit http://atlaspoetica.org/?page_id=1654 to read ’25 Cherita’ for free.
Be certain also to check out issue 27 of Atlas Poetica which focusses on cherita with non-fiction and many examples.
ai li, Matsukaze, George Tardios, Steve Travis, Larry Kimmel, Allyson Chen, Lesley Anne Swanson, John Tehan, Patricia Prime, Ed Markowski, Christine Tardios, Kris Lindbeck, Gerrie March, Anne-France Salmon Stevenson, Alegria Imperial, Nimu Parmar, Tracy Davidson, Samantha Sirimanne Hyde, Christine L. Villa, Gloria, Dawson, Oz Hardwick, Johannes S. H. Bjerg, Pat Geyer, Gavin Austin, Kathabela WIlson, Sheila Windsor
About Atlas Poetica’s Special Features:
Atlas Poetica is an international tanka journal that publishes tanka literature in many languages. The ‘Special Features’ are open to Guest Editors to address a variety of topics in tanka literature today. Anyone interested in being a Guest Editor for a Special Feature at the Atlas Poetica website will find guidelines on the Special Features home page, below the Atlas moth that is the symbol of the journal.
Anyone interested in being a Guest Editor should read the Special Features to familiarize themselves with the scope and format of the project. Atlas Poetica’s Special Features are published on an irregular schedule.
Keibooks is a micropress located in Perryville, Maryland, USA, founded by poet and tall ship sailor, M. Kei. Keibooks publishes select projects reflecting his interest in tanka poetry and the sea. Using print-on-demand technology, Keibooks is able to publish high quality literature in attractive, affordable editions. Keibooks is home to Atlas Poetica : A Journal of World Tanka, and previously published Bright Stars : An Organic Tanka Anthology, an anthology of experimental tanka. For more information, visit: AtlasPoetica.org.
M. Kei, publisher and editor
P O Box 516
Perryville, MD, USA 21903
Email: Keibooks (at) gmail (dot) com