Table of Forms—The Transgram

The transgram is a poetic form in which a particular letter must appear in every word. This is the opposite of a lipogram, encompasses alliteration, and is related to the acrostic. A transgram is a homogram.

[letter poetry]: a meta-transgram: an explanation of the transgram written as a transgram

Poetry Reading: a collection of transgrams written as a poetry reading

Vanilla Vagina Utopia: a transgram and pangrammatic abecederian telestich, in which the words are in alphabetic order and are all nouns ending with A.

Stay/Go: a poem in which the letter A disgarees with the letter O

La Bamba (Newspoem 12 April 1998): an A-poem with a counterpoint as a lipogram on A

Into Tilting Ruins: a poem with two stanzas; one of them an I-poem and a lipogram on E, the other an E-poem and a lipogram on I

Inattentive Waiter: a poem with the letter T in every word.

Untitled H-poem

Stockpile Stewardship (Newspoem 24 March 1999): a subliminaletter poem in which the twenty letters in the title are used to make each stanza a transgram, also a number poem in that each of the twenty stanzas has twenty words

Go Girl Go (Newspoem 13 September 1999): a D-poem

C Can Cause Cancer (Newspoem 2 June 2001): a C-poem

Mayor Guiliani Outlaws Painting, Arrests Artists (Newspoem 23 March 2003): The title is a transgram on A, the poem is a lipogram on A

A Kite: a progressive polygram poem starting with a five letter pool. In section 0, the first line is anagrammatic. The following lines are a polygram (multiple lipogram). In 1-4, wildcard letters are added to the original pool, resulting in homogrammatic transgram strings of five-letter words having four, three, two, and one letters in common. 5 is a polygram excluding the original letter pool. Starting with 6, the poem shifts from being a number poem in which every word is five letters in length to a liponol in which no word is five letters in length. In the first line, every word contains four letters from the original pool; in the second line, every word contains three letters from the original pool; and so on until the last line of the section which shares no letters with the original pool. Finally, the entire poem is a liponym, excluding the word that the entire poem consists of variations on.

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