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Take a ride.

Get in your car and take a drive. Get ideas from what you see. This is even better if you can go out and brainstorm ideas with a friend. Both people brainstorm ideas based on things they see, while one drives and the other writes the ideas. This can be done with a tape recorder to catch the ideas, too, but road noise can get in the way. This poet listed 155 ideas for poems and poem series generated during an hour ride to a concert with a friend. Needless to say, if you are going to really brainstorm poetry ideas on a long journey, you may want a good database to keep track of the ideas and the poems that come out of the trip. Some suggestions about that are covered in Appendix A: Poem and Submission Tracking.

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