May is for 5 Line Poetry (2011)

Seems like everything has its own special month, doesn’t it? There’s one for novel writing, haiku, poetry (in general), cards/letters…so why not one for five line poetry like gogyohka, tanka, cinquain, pentastich, etc.? I think five line forms are beautiful. They are smart and succinct. They deserve some recognition and appreciation.

This May 2011, let’s start an international five line poetry month. Why not? Let’s write one poem every day in May. A friend pointed out to me that May is also Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, so writing Japanese short form poetry like tanka or gogyohka goes right along with that theme.

You can put your poems on your blog. You can post them at Gogyohka Junction. You can write them on Twitter and use the tag #5lines to show you are participating. (Yes, I’m the person who started that tag.) During the month, I’ll collect some of my favorites from Twitter and post them here on my blog. The most important thing is to write five line poetry and enjoy yourself.

Thanks to the talented poet and designer, @ten_ten_ten, I’ve got some badges to share with you. Feel free to use any of these on your own blog or website to show you are participating in the effort. And if you do, let me know. I’ll add you to my blogroll. Please join me!

Badges and Code

5 Line Poetry Badge - Full Size in Blue

Copy and paste this code into your site for the large blue badge:
<a href="http://tina.mnnguyen.com/5lines/" target="_new"><img src="http://tina.mnnguyen.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/5Line-blue150x2042.gif" style="width:150px;height:204px;margin-bottom:10px;border:none;" alt="May 2011 International 5 Line Poetry Month" /></a>

5 Line Poetry Badge - Small Size in Blue

Copy and paste this code into your site for the small blue badge:
<a href="http://tina.mnnguyen.com/5lines/" target="_new"><img src="http://tina.mnnguyen.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/5Line-blue64x64.gif" style="width:64px;height:64px;margin-bottom:4px;border:none;" alt="May 2011 International 5 Line Poetry Month" /></a>

5 Line Poetry Badge - Full Size in Bold

Copy and paste this code into your site for the large bold badge:
<a href="http://tina.mnnguyen.com/5lines/" target="_new"><img src="http://tina.mnnguyen.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/5Line-bold150x2043.gif" style="width:150px;height:204px;margin-bottom:10px;border:none;" alt="May 2011 International 5 Line Poetry Month" /></a>

5 Line Poetry Badge - Small Size in Bold

Copy and paste this code into your site for the small bold badge:
<a href="http://tina.mnnguyen.com/5lines/" target="_new"><img src="http://tina.mnnguyen.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/5Line-bold64x641.gif" style="width:64px;height:64px;margin-bottom:4px;border:none;" alt="May 2011 International 5 Line Poetry Month" /></a>

5 Line Poetry Badge - Full Size in Black & White

Copy and paste this code into your site for the large black and white badge:
<a href="http://tina.mnnguyen.com/5lines/" target="_new"><img src="http://tina.mnnguyen.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/5Line-bw150x2041.gif" style="width:150px;height:204px;margin-bottom:10px;border:none;" alt="May 2011 International 5 Line Poetry Month" /></a>

5 Line Poetry Badge - Small Size in Black & White

Copy and paste this code into your site for the small black and white badge:
<a href="http://tina.mnnguyen.com/5lines/" target="_new"><img src="http://tina.mnnguyen.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/5Line-bw64x64.gif" style="width:64px;height:64px;margin-bottom:4px;border:none;" alt="May 2011 International 5 Line Poetry Month" /></a>

39 Responses to “May is for 5 Line Poetry (2011)”

  1. Taro Aizu says:

    Bravo! Well done!
    I have been waiting for this kind of site ” an international five line poetry “,for I named many five line poems “World Five-Line Poetry”, for example, gogyohshi, gogyohka, tanka,cinquain,pentastich and so on in March. I agree with the name “an international five line poetry” including gogyohshi,gogyohka,tanka,cinquain,pentastich,limerich etc. I’ll post “gogyohshi” which don’t belong to any group in the world!

  2. Lucas says:

    Great idea, Tina!

  3. marousia says:

    Fantastic idea – I shall endeavour to keep up :)

  4. Am in !!!! glad for this prompt .. must polish my tanka skills !!!!

  5. count me in, Tina! i will be posting a 5 line poem a day plus an occasional post encouraging others to participate. LOVE the badges! thanks for doing this. *hugs* dani ♥

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  7. Gonna give it a try…thanks, Tina :) you’re so encouraging to do things like this.

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  9. Taro Aizu says:

    Declaraion of Gogyohshi

    It’s May 1 today so I want to give a definition
    of a word “gogyohshi” here because “May” means
    the fifth month and gogyohshi means “five-line poetry”
    and May is a month full of vitality in all living
    things. I think a poetry is a living thing.
    “The only rule of gogyohshi is to write a poem in five
    lines.”
    The contents are all free for writers.The themes depend
    on them.There are some five-line poetries in the world,
    for example,gogyohshi,gogyohka,tanka,cinquain,limerich,
    pentastich. They have some rules such as syllabic rules.
    But gogyohshi has no syllabic rules. The only one is that
    we should write a poem in five lines. So,gogyohshi is the
    freest five-line poetry in the world!

  10. Karen says:

    I would like to be added, I need to write more poetry :)

  11. chico says:

    I posted the lovely trademark of 5 Line Poetry Month on FB.

    Hope more Gogyohkans will come and join us ;-)

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  13. Mary @Firebrand12 says:

    Thanks for that Tina great idea & love to join in :)

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  15. Taro Aizu says:

    I can’t launch my blog in this site easily because I can’t write my address there. Why? But I can write it here.

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  25. Eclipse says:

    A wonderful site, I’ll try to join although I’m a bit late… :)
    Thanks

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