POETRY FORM: ARAGMAN by Salvatore Buttaci
Published by: Salvatore Buttaci on 9th Mar 2012 |  
Aragman (pronounced “a rag man”)

Sometimes we can even invent poetic forms. Why not! There was a first time for all the forms we currently rely on to write our poetry. Some poet sat down one day and purposely or accidentally devised an original form that became so popular it survived the centuries. So I thought I’d come up with one of my own. I hope you like it so much you’ll tell all your poet friends and they’ll tell their friends and they’ll––well, you know what I mean. Maybe one day Literature will remember Sal Buttaci as the inventor of the “aragman.” 
Write as many stanzas as you care to.  
The word “aragman” is an anagram of the word “anagram.” 
First of all, 
1.  Begin with a word or two, perhaps your first name or first and last name. Settle on a word or two with not too many letters. In my aragman below, I used my first name “Salvatore.”
2.After you settle on a word, go to the Internet site
3.Type in your word and click on “Get Anagrams.” Instantly, you will be provided with all the words that use the letters of your chosen word. 
4.Copy/paste all the words that are derived from your chosen word and carry it over to your Microsoft Word screen, give the file a name, and save it. 
 5.Now take a look at each of the anagrams and decide on a few for your aragman. You will need three for each six-line stanza. From the list select those anagrams that can be woven into your poem.
 6.In each stanza, odd-numbered lines 1, 3, and 5 are different anagrams from your list. If it’s possible, restrict each anagram on these lines be the same number of syllables. Make these anagram lines darker than the others. Even-numbered lines 2, 4, and 6 are completions of corresponding anagram lines 1,3, and 5. If possible, let these completion lines also conform to the same number of syllables, perhaps a number greater than the syllables of the anagram lines.For example, in my poem, the anagram lines are each three syllables while the completion lines are each almost all six syllables long.
7.The poem’s last line stands alone, after the stanzas, and it is one more anagram line. I must say, the aragman could provide lots of fun for those of you who enjoy the puzzle-working aspect of wordplay. Thankfully, the Internet site at Wordsmith will provide you with the anagrams of your selected word. That’s truly the hardest part and it’s done for you. Next, you need to select the best of the anagrams, preferably all having the same number of syllables and related meanings, even if their relationships is a stretch.
Let yourself have fun writing an aragman. Don’t make yourself crazy by insisting on too many stanzas. The following poem I wrote has six stanzas of six lines each, but I am including here only four. Send us one of no more than three stanzas. Better yet, find a home for your aragman by submitting it to a magazine or Internet –zine.
A slaver to
the labor of wordplay
A travel so
vicariously thrilling
A vast lore
from which to dabble
Atlas over
a hefting of strong words
A rave slot
machine to pull down poems
Area volts
zapped in poetic lines
Tear salvo
from the broken-hearted
Tears oval
and wet flow down faces
Alas, voter!
it’s time to add your name to
Art as love
© 2005 Salvatore Buttaci
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Restated Specifications
An Aragman is:
Stanzaic, consisting of one or more sestets, except the final stanza, which shall be a septet.
Free-form: rhyme, meter, and line-length at the poets discretion.
Formulaic: Each odd numbered line is an anagram of the same word or phrase.

My example

Ruff Let Go (Aragman)

Let Ruff Go
Ruff left a spot
Left of Rug
and he’s been taught
Get off rut
You silly mutt; don’t be

© Lawrencealot – October 4, 2014

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