best way to create a dict from string

Tim Arnold tim.arnold at
Thu Feb 18 17:20:44 CET 2010

I've got some text to parse that looks like this

text = ''' blah blah blah
ho dee ho
I want to extract the bit between the brackets and create a dictionary. 
Here's what I'm doing now:

def options(text):
    d = dict()
    options = text[text.find('[')+1:text.find(']')]
    for k,v in [val.split('=') for val in options.split(',')]:
        d[k] = v
    return d

if __name__ == '__main__':
    for line in text.split('\n'):
        if line.startswith('\\Template'):
            print options(line)

is that the best way or maybe there's something simpler?  The options will 
always be key=value format, comma separated.

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