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)

"She is going to come at you like a tiger and it will be the dream that tames our darkness.” ~ @FallenMusings #gogyohka #gpoem #haiku # pic.twitter.com/Pu977XAZbT

"She is going to come at you like a tiger and it will be the dream that tames our darkness.” ~ @FallenMusings #gogyohka #gpoem #haiku # pic.twitter.com/roL8PfYyem

Magic of pain Ask the ones Who earn the Nights with stars Heart with scars... ~ Archana #ArchieWrites #Gogyohka #Love

february moon sketches maple trees on snow - briefly I forget my way home #5lines #gogyohka

Water and water Everytimes you blink Power and power Everytimes you blink A rain of Love... ~ Archana #ArchieWrites #Gogyohka #Love

My words Your salvation. Your silence My hibernation Our Love Story ~ Archana #ArchieWrites #Gogyohka #Love

The resting aquarium dangling motionless flock of scented steam. The buzzing moment unlit under orifices. #tanka #gogyohka