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)

It’s never me ~ said the leaf ~ lush and green ~ I’ll wilt till then ~ for the breeze ~ is on another #Gogyohka

Her wilt ~ is her pleasure ~ the echoes of guilt ~ if not the measure ~ she’d be my fertiliser ~ as a build. #Gogyohka

She loves me ~ I know ~ can’t live without me ~ I know ~ said the soil ~ about the bloom. #gogyohka

He’d kiss her goodbye~ if it was at ~ the break of dawn ~ but on the sound ~ of her bracelets ~ would be the hug of morn. #Gogyohka

on this quiet afternoon listening to music while strolling to various stores #gogyohka #tanka

emptying my mind right into the overgrown field next to the mega-church #gogyohka #tanka

this gogyohka world constricts then releases... the pulse of life interesting to me #gogyohka #tanka

this tired body walking through a dusk resistant to everything #gogyohka #tanka