once upon a cherita . . . with ai li
You are invited to an intimate evening with ai li, wordsmith, word healer, storyteller. Her words bring prayer to poetry, and in the after silence, these words echo. The poems, though minimal in content, will move you with their personal truths and the deepest of emotions. Through the timeless tradition of storytelling, she will take you on a healing journey through Life, Love and Loss. She will be without armour during her presentation, sharing her life experiences through Cherita, Tanka and Haiku poems. In a voice, which has been described as a compassionate hug, she will encourage you to join her on this well-lit path of self-exploration. By invoking the gods of our inner rooms, ai li will invoke genius loci, the spirit of place, in our very own fertile oasis. This sacred space within, is your inner room, a room to go to, to be still, and for you to heal in. It is only through an honest process of remembrance, of finding the briefest of words for a time when we laughed, loved or cried that we can then find ourselves on the path to a place of deep healing, a Valhalla for the longings of our soul.
about the speaker
ai li is an internationally published Straits Chinese short form poet from London. She created the six-line Cherita storytelling genre twenty two years ago and is the Editor and Publisher of the cherita. Her minimal poems were written to quiet, to silence and to distil, and they bring prayer to poetry. In the after silence, these words echo. One of her six word haiku has been included in 'Haiku in English - The First Hundred Years' published by WW Norton & Co which features work by Jack Kerouac, Ezra Pound, Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder, Seamus Heaney and other literary giants. She is also the author of three books on cherita, twenty two books on Cherita, Tanka and Haiku, the founding editor and publisher of still, moving into breath and dew-on-line, and a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society. She teaches an ongoing Cherita writing course at U3A in London. www.thecherita.com