Gogyoshi (五行詩) is five-line poem with a title. First, a Japanese poet, Tekkan Yosano published the original form(7-5 syllables) of Gogyoshi in "Kashi no ha" in 1910.[1] But no poets had written it for 90 years since then. In 2000's, some Japanese poets began writing modern Gogyoshi(free syllables)."Go" means five and "gyo" means lines and "shi" means a poem. A poem written in five lines with a title is gogyoshi's defining characteristic and only rule. In comparing gogyoshi with other Japanese and world five-line poetic forms, it is the freest among such forms. Gogyoshi incorporates no syllabic or line-breaks and no rhyme scheme.But Gogyoshi must have a title,though Tanka and Gogyohka has no title.[2] Mariko Sumikura used the English word “Gogyoshi “ for the first time in 2009.[3] 

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  • Mariko Sumikura, Yume tsumugu hito,Chikurinkan (2009), ISBN 978-4-86000-169-8 C0092
  • Mariko Sumikura, Ai matou hito, Chikurinkan (2010), ISBN 978-4-86000-195-7 C0092
  • Mariko Sumikura Hikari Oru Hito, Chikurinkan (2010), ISBN 978-4-86000-188-9 C0092
  • Mariko Sumikura, Tsuchi daku masurao, Chikurinkan (2011), ISBN 978-4860002114
  • Kaoru Tanaka, FRAGRANT WINDS, Kunpuan(2009)
  • Taro Aizu,The Lovely Earth,Lulu Press(2011), ISBN 978-1-257-83916-2
  • Taro Aizu,La Terre Précieuse,Lulu Press(2011), ISBN 978-1-257-90090-9
  • Holly Harwood, Faery Gold & Other Poems, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (2013), ISBN 978-1482701470
  • Taro Aizu,わが福島 My Fukushima Mon Fukushima, Fueisha (2014), ISBN 978-4434191862
  • Steve Wilkinson,Ripples on the Pond: a tanshi collection,CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform(2015), ISBN 978-1515183013
  • Steve Wilkinson, The Bamboo Hut Autumn 2015: A journal of tanshi, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (2015), ISBN 978-1517236106
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