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I sometimes run into writer’s block, a time when I simply cannot come up with an idea for a poem no matter how hard I try. When I find myself in this situation, one of my favorite techniques to spark a nidus for a poem involves using a book I know each of you have on your bookshelf. The Dictionary. Go get it and open it to a random page. Place your finger on that page and write down the word your finger lands on. Now pick nineteen more words in this fashion until you have twe

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