This post is part of a series of weekly found poetry prompts. If you have an idea for a found poetry source, email Senior Poetry Editor Beth Ayer.
From the interactive dialect maps by Joshua Katz to the Dictionary of American Regional English and the many regional dialect quizzes you can take to compare your own dialect to that of your neighbors, the internet is rich and abuzz with interest in U.S. regional dialect.
Your prompt: consult lists and other resources related to regional vocabulary and create a poem using the words you find. For the purposes of this post, I’ve focused on American dialects. If you live in another country or are interested in other dialects, feel free to consult other angles and resources. As another option, you may want to focus on texts relating to a subset of regional terms, such as “fearsome critters” like the wampus and the hugag (pictured above). Or maybe you’re mainly interested in settling the sub/hoagie/grinder debate. Take this prompt where you will, even if for a rantum scoot.