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Early 1970s

Dreams from 1970 to 1972. America was divided by the Vietnam war. Me? I was in a social pariah in high school, then community college, where I learned that not everyone was raised by radical pacifists. I also did ESP experiments with my sister; and a series of axe murders nearby provoked psychic nightmares in my whole family--dreams that showed me ESP was no joke.

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1970-72



CLAYMATES: by Wayan, 1968-70, three mythological claymation figures.
In my teens, I knew I wasn't human. So I sculpted and animated and fell in love with and worshiped furry figurines...
A WORK OF ART: by Carla Young, early 1970s; dream painting and story
I'm to be beheaded. Guards chant "It's important to enjoy what you're doing." I know my spilled blood will create a work of art...
HUNGER: by Robert Creeley; 1970s?, an advisory dream on keeping desire grounded
I'm at a long table. So many stews, so much rice! Soon we're stuffed. But some people yell for more! I ask the woman next to me "How could they still be hungry?" She says...
THE TELLTALE HEART: by SAO (Shawn Allen O'Neal); 1970s, painting of a possible diagnostic nightmare
Onstage, high on a scaffold, I was beating the chaff off a huge seed, unable to stop. I was beating my own heart...
THE STYGIAN SENTINELS: by SAO (Shawn Allen O'Neal); 1970s, a recurring astral dream.
The couple guarding the bridge over the River Styx, the Crocodile King and the Geisha Queen, rarely seemed to agree...
STANDING UP CITY: by Wayan; 1970? childhood imaginary world
As a kid, my Ecotopian fantasy city was hollowed out of living rock, with hanging gardens and terraces...
THE COUPLE AND THE MOTHER: by Jenny Badger Sultan, 1970, watercolor of a lost dream.
I no longer have the text of this dream, but its image anticipated and prepared me for my actual marriage...
GREAT GODDESS, or, SACRIFICE: by Jenny Badger Sultan; 1970; an epic painting of a troubling dream
I'm a priestess standing on a stone terrace, holding a ritual axe. Before me kneels a man ready to be sacrificed to the Great Goddess...
LOBSTER ECSTASY: by Wayan; 1970/11/1?, a teenage lobster love dream.
One of my first recorded dreams--how I foolishly turned away from Lobster Love...
CAUTION: CHITINOUS SEX
RHINE CHECKERS: by Wayan; 1970-71, a journal extract on ESP.
My sister and I played games based on the Rhine Institute's ESP studies. Our scores were not random...
1971
(A DREAM OF) FRANCES SPEEDWELL: by Robert Graves; 1971?, a dream-poem
Decades ago, I was too shy to talk to Frances. Now I'm going upstairs with a girl who looks like her but...
BASEBALL NAGA: by Wayan; 1971/7/12, a sexy snake dream.
Our toy train full of nude baseball players went under the park sprinklers, so naturally our shortstop shelters her friend the outfielder snake. But in there? Isn't it just as wet in there?
CAUTION: SCALY SEX
THE MURDERS: by four Wayans! 1971/7/14; a family has simultaneous psychic nightmares.
Nearly everyone in my family dreams of a mass murder as it happens nearby. But my dad's sure it's his own evil id, and my mom clams up, and my sister forgets. And me? I doubt the whole thing for ten years, until...
CAUTION: NIGHTMARE VIOLENCE
SWALLOWS OF FOUR CORNERS: by Wayan, (Aug?) 1971, a childhood visionary feltpen drawing
Navaho country felt like home--the land, the art, the animals, the language. Trapped in suburbia, I drew...
SOUTHWEST SHAMANS: by Wayan; felt pen, August 1971; childhood mythical drawing
Drawn on a trip to the Southwest as a kid. Felt like I'd lived there in a past life. Or I would in a future life...
RED-TAILED UNICORN: by Wayan; fall 1971?, a childhood icon in acrylic.
One of my first tries with paint--part Tibetan, part medieval, part hippie, part Navaho...
REBEL OWL: by Wayan; 1971/10/9, a dream so mysterious it mystified its inhabitants
My city's invaded and occupied. I become a gigantic Owl and fight with impossible stamina. But in the end I'm dead, stuffed, on a museum wall. Can I let go NOW?
CAUTION: WAR
A CLOSE SHAVE!: by Wayan; 1971/11/7, a short poem of a goofy counterfactual dream
An over-eager landscaper mows my dad's new Assyrian beard, unasked. Debate in court! Is the art of mowing free speech, or is your face your castle?
ON THE NIGHT RIDE HOME: by Wayan; 1971/11/8, an early dream-poem on breaking through prejudices
As I bike home at night, strange doings--a rat is sacrificed; gemstones delivered; an astronaut shows glowing alien objects; a second rat becomes a... firefighter?
GYRLFALCON: by Wayan; 1971/11/26, an early dream of love and battle.
I'm a Gyrlfalcon in a theater, fighting the Wolverine and his Morlocks with my lover the Green Lion...
COSMIC EGG AND ENERGY BIRD: by Wayan; 1971/12/4, a childhood mystical dream.
A mystical vision of the Cosmic Egg gets messy when it hatches and the Bird escapes...
1972
THERE I WAS: by Michelle Brand, 1972, stream-of-consciousness lucid dream comic
Kaleidoscopic constellations? No thanks! A nudist town in Italy? Ugh. But vaudeville in a monk's robe and roller skates...
CAUTION: CARTOON NUDITY
WHERE'S MY MUM?: by Pauline Ramsey; 1972, a possibly psychic nightmare.
I find my mum under my bed, unconscious, her head cracked. And I wake knowing it means she'll lose her mind...
GOLD VERSUS DIAMONDS: by Wayan; 1972/1/20, a dream fable.
We're children seeking gold in a fairy wood. We dig where the elf-kids played, but their parents show up...
DOG IN A CASSOCK: by Wayan, 1972/2/3, a comically surreal dream-poem
A criminal mastermind gets tracked down by a hound in a brown monk's cassock, who's introduced to me... as the President of the United States?
COLT TABOOS: by Wayan; 1972/3/27, a puberty dream.
A castle with horse statues in the moat. Only... one of them is alive! He's my lover...
CAUTION: EVERY SEX TABOO YOU CAN THINK OF
ORPHEUS AND POOH: by Wayan; 1972/4/9, a dream reliving the Greek myth--just before seeing Cocteau's Orphee
I meet my true love during a coup. We go through Hell together, like Orpheus and Eurydice--only we...
MAELEN AND ME: by Wayan; 1972/5/1, a transmigrational dream.
I'm a psychic circus animal who's just managed to teleport my humanoid girlfriend. It's for our act, but...
CAUTION: PETTING
OCARINA, or, MILLION-YEAR SENTENCE: by Wayan; 1972/5/27, a lucid / predictive dream.
I go lucid and drive my bed to the Nevada desert where I see my next million years. And so far, it's been true...
SNAKE APOLOGY: by Wayan; 1972/6/24 or 25, a dream of a clever solution to a communication problem
I'm a snake person being hunted by the FBI. I can understand human language, but I can only hiss. Still, I find an indirect way to propose negotiations...
NAVAHO HORSES: by Wayan; 1972/8/1; childhood drawing, feltpen & color pencil
A museum sketch of Navaho horses who got me hot--teaching teenage me that my sexual orientation wasn't (only) human......
FLOATING HORSES: by Wayan, 1972/8/10, a flying/transformation dream advising patience
That day, I did bad art. That night, my friend & I get turned into levitating horses--though some of our fellow fliers are kinda creepy...
PURPLE SPOOK CROWD: by Wayan; 1972. Crayon of a vision.
One of my earliest drawings, of a quiet crowd of melancholy ghosts...
ZENNA CAT: by Wayan; 1972/10/13, a childhood dream.
My cat dissolves in the shower. I follow her to a telepathic world. I want to stay, but can I?...
12 SWALLOWS, 700 DAUGHTERS: by Wayan; 1972/10/14, a dream poem on compassion; Dreamverse #5
Alchemy demands I kill ten swallows. I refuse! Instead, twelve birds and I fuse and fly over a magic wood...
DANCE OF THE SUN: by Wayan, 1972/10/23, an epic mystical dream
I cross a hostile continent to a magic commune, fall in love with a flying girl who slaps a soul-spark into my head, and follow an alien goddess leading the Dance of the Sun...
THE POWER BEHIND THE GODS: by Wayan; 1972/10/25, a dream about the benefits of universe-hopping
I meet the terrible Power Behind the Gods. I don't like it. So I get my squirtgun & shoot its butt. I jump to a different universe and the enraged Power follows me...
CAUTION: SACRILEGE
HEDGEHOG AND WHITE RABBIT: by Wayan; 1972/12/1, a dream love story.
Hedgehog and White Rabbit stick together, through the snipers on Broadway, through the dogs of winter, through cannibal soup...
SURRENDER TO THE WHITE BUFFALO: by Kathleen Sullivan, 1970s?; a nightmare turned shamanic
A gigantic herd of buffalo stampede toward me. I panic, then surrender in peace to what is surely my death...


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