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.

LIVE GOGYOHKA MICROPOETRY FROM TWITTER
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)

【Kindle】'Gogyohka Five-Line Poetry' This is an English booklet to introduce 'Gogyohka' for the first time. amzn.to/2tHjb90 #gogyohka

【Kindle】'Gogyohka Five-Line Poetry' This is an English booklet to introduce 'Gogyohka' for the first time. amzn.to/2tHjb90 #gogyohka

#gogyohka #tanka what is this hesitation this you standing before me grappling for a response to 'i love you.'

#gogyohka #tanka left the patio door open the coldness slides into my flat and i welcome it with all the passion of a lover

【Kindle】'Gogyohka Five-Line Poetry' This is an English booklet to introduce 'Gogyohka' for the first time. amzn.to/2tHjb90 #gogyohka

#gogyohka #tanka not sure if oxeye daisies have a fragrance... turning off everything in the front room to jump in the shower then bed

#gogyohka #tanka apparently someone is retweeting all of my poems the dinging of my phone in the other room

#gogyohka #tanka going to bed i turn on Son Houses' blues to sweeten the night

#gogyohka #tanka before diving into bed peeking out the blinds into a cold darkness a stack of books will greet me in the morning

#gogyohka #tanka ive stayed up beyond my bed time hurriedly showering before bed

#gogyohka #tanka passing a woman with ash blond hair everything i treasure has become dust

#gogyohka #tanka a few books by Chinua Achebe on my floor mom steps in takes a brief look then stares at me

#gogyohka #tanka outside on the stoop smoking a cigarette and reading poetry by Tu Fu

#gogyohka #tanka the milky whiteness of strong smelling magnolia on the tree separating our yard from Ms. Oregano's

#gogyohka #tanka morning silence is thick and welcome at the table looking over the manuscript of a gogyohka book to be published