What is Gogyohka?

Micropoetry | Haiku | Gogyohka | Tanka | Senryu | Twaiku | 1-6 lines | 3-10 words

Gogyohka, (pronounced go-gee-yoh-kuh), was created by Enta Kusakabe in Japan. Gogyohka literally translates as “five-line poem” or “song”. It is the latest development of the great Japanese tradition of short verse, but unlike its predecessors Haiku and Tanka, it has no fixed syllable pattern. There are also no conventions governing content and no assumptions about what is considered to be appropriately “poetic” language. Indeed Gogyohka’s accessibility and its power to speak directly to the heart and mind stem from the simplicity of its form, its frequent use of the everyday vernacular and the unwritten rule that almost any subject matter is game. More info at Gogyohka Junction. Also there is a twitter group that uses the hashtash Gpoem or 5poem for a special Gogyohka word prompt game.

Here are the latest gogyokha micropoems live from twitter, (a few poems may be in Japanese).Twitter hashtag: #gogyohka. Also check out  #gpoem (by Tina Nguyen)

Bounces ~ blooming spring ~ in the split of a cocoon ~ buzz of a bee ~ in the flit of dancing breeze #gogyohka #micropoetry #5lines

To have boundaries that wedge together, crunching summersaults. A winding manifesto is no better than trigger slender silver. #gogyohka

Enough hours to open what it is for how well its playing hollowed brass. The shallow colored arrow underachieving in the sun. #gogyohka

No hostility Little upholstery, its own reins held onto the desire itself. Implicit as if its left for flotsam, flowered silk. #gogyohka

big bus chair ~ tiny red shoes a little girl's voice CHOO-CHOO'ing her way into her day "I know I can"! #gogyohka #5lines #children