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|COSMIC MAYPOLE: by Georganna Malloff; 1976-80s, dream-based drawings and totem poles
I dreamed all the creatures of the world were dancing around a maypole. My friends and I sculpted a totem pole from the dream...
|THE LIBRARY: dreamed between 1976 & 1982 by Audrey Niffenegger; an book-inspiring dream
I die. But then I find a door in my grandmother's pantry leading to a beautiful library where I'm no longer dead...
|THE THIRTIES REVISITED: by Maxine Kumin; late 1970s; a dream-poem
Dreams of my childhood--bootlegger dad, critical mom, gun-happy uncles, slaughtered squirrels, slaughtered Jews...
|A PILGRIM DREAMING: by Denise Levertov; 1977? a dream poem
A man I loved goes into the Jungian depths, but when his anima appears in the mirror-pool, his nerve fails...
|THE ERTHEDNI: by Wayan, 1977/1/8, three transformation dreams, the last with advice
1: I'm starving in a lush valley; a cult claims all the food, the water, even the air.
2: I'm drowning in a cage but find a corner with water I can breathe--just barely.
3: I'm a merman with a wise friend who hints I need to leave those who starve & drown me...
CAUTION: DOMESTIC BATTERING (OFFSTAGE)
|CUBIST CHARLIE BROWN: by Wayan; 1977/4/1, a cubist nightmare.
We're Cubist cartoon characters, trapped in a strip gone mad. But my dad stays calm! Too calm...
CAUTION: SEAS OF BLOOD... OR IS IT RED INK?
|SHARPSHOT: by Wayan; 1977/4/3, a surreal poem of a warning nightmare
When I was being battered, I dreamed where it would end if I didn't leave: dead wife, shot husband...
CAUTION: DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
|MARTHA'S FALL: by Barbara, Martha, and Wayan; 1977/5/18. Three linked warning, sex, and flying dreams
Wayan makes love to Martha's double, then sees her soul watching from the shadows...
Barbara can't reach Wayan to say farewell...
Martha falls off a mountain and decides to let herself die, just to see what happens...
CAUTION: SEX, ABUSE ISSUES
|DAD SMASHES COPCAR: by Wayan, 1977/5/26, a warning dream physically enforced the next day
My dad drives recklessly, hits a copcar hard, smashing our front end. I wake knowing it says "Kay's a batterer. Leave her or I'LL be smashed." Later that day...
CAUTION: NIGHTMARE, BATTERING ISSUES
|FEMINIST GUNNERY CLASS: by Wayan, 1977/5/27, a clear warning dream I was just guilty to act on
I hid from my batterer Kay that day. That night, I dreamed I was the only man in a feminist gunnery class, learning to defend myself...
CAUTION: DOMESTIC BATTERING
|MENOLLY: LOVE SONG TO A DRAGONSINGER: by Wayan; fall 1977, a dreamish poem.
As a kid I was haunted by the parallels between Menolly of Pern and me...
|HOLY ZEN MONK: by Wayan; 1978/4/24, a dream of suicide as political protest
I'm a Zen monk riddled with holes from a weird disease the government denies is real. So as a protest, I stand naked atop a wall and let the air-sharks take me...
CAUTION: SURREAL SUICIDE
|DRAGONFLY ANTENNA: by Wayan; summer 1978. A surreal childhood memory.
I'm just old enough to recall forests of fishbones and dragonflies on every roof...
|THANK THE MOON I HAD THE STRENGTH TO STOP!: by Wayan; summer 1978; image inspired by a song.
The moon as an early gilled fetus. I feel like a half-developed creature walking around in your dry air...
|TAROT: MEDIA MINDFUCK (2 of swords): by Wayan; 32K. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1978.
The traditional figure is blindfolded, holding two crossed swords. I used crossed TV antennae...
|TAROT: FRIENDSHIP (3 of cups): by Wayan; 29K. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1978.
Three friends in a garden pledge loyalty forever with a toast of the wine of the heart...
|TAROT: IN TEARS (5 of cups): by Wayan; 21K. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1978.
Floating in tears, have you noticed the other cups behind you, unspilled?
|TAROT: RENUNCIATION (8 of cups): by Wayan; 41K. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1978.
Giving up a wall of material treasure for the moonlit path...
|TAROT: WAKING FROM A NIGHTMARE (9 of swords): by Wayan; 27K. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1978.
The card confirming those silly fears are true. The nightmare is real. You're in trouble...
|TAROT: THE ANOREXIC DANCER: by Wayan; 30K. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1978.
The card of excessive self-denial, whether compulsive or artistic or spiritual...
|TAROT: BIRTH (the Empress): by Wayan; 16K. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1978.
The card of fertility--and the pangs and effort of starting a new thing...
|TAROT: THE CENTAUR (Ace of Pentacles): by Wayan; 360 x 528. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1978.
Mind and body integrated. S/he can hold up even the world-serpent that the gods couldn't lift...
CAUTION: ANDROGYNOUS CENTAUR BREASTS
|TAROT: CHAOS: by Wayan; 36K. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1978.
The card of big messes, confused beginnings--and fertilization...
|TAROT: CLINGING: by Wayan; 17K. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1978.
When the Birth card's reversed, the child clings to the womb like a burrow in a green meadow.
|TAROT: THE COP (Knight of Swords): by Wayan; 25K. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1978.
The card of force not always used wrongly. The Knight says, "Sometimes ya gotta bust a few heads..."
|TAROT: CARING or THE PIETA: by Wayan; Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1979.
The card of caring, caregiving, and compassion...
|TAROT: THE SEA-DADDY (the king of cups): by Wayan; 49K. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1978.
The sea-captain, baby bottle in hand... The card of the warm man, the nurturer...
|TAROT: DIRTY DISHES: by Wayan; 26K. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1978.
It's time to tackle that unpleasant task. But so what? You know how. And you have gloves...
|TAROT: DOGGY (The Hierophant or High Priest): by Wayan; 29K. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1978.
Some folks are dogs, bullying those below them, fawning on those above. But if the Wizard is a Humbug...
|TAROT: THE EXPLAINER (The Page of Swords?): by Wayan; 36K. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1978.
Using the mind's blade humbly, respecting ideas and people, clarity's disciple may not see her own power...
|TAROT: HAW!: by Wayan; 30K. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1978.
Humor's one of the big emotions--laughter's as loud and uncontrollable as crying or orgasm...
|TAROT: (THE CHARISMATIC) LIZARD: by Wayan; 29K. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1978.
The card of driven leaders. It's so refreshing to hear someone honest and passionate. Right? Well...
|TAROT: THE LOVERS: by Wayan; 290 x 500. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1978.
The card of love. I'm not sure what genders the lovers are, but no matter...
|TAROT: THE MAZE: by Wayan; 32K. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1978.
When you start thinking and scheming hard, you can end up "amazed": lost in a maze of choices...
|TAROT: THE MAGENTA MESSIAH: by Wayan; 26K. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1978.
True teachers and leaders do exist, with vision enough to make seeds (and people) sprout...
|TAROT: MINE CHILD: by Wayan; 31K. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1978.
Deep down in the strata inside you, gems lie waiting in the dark. Waiting for this child to dig them free...
|TAROT: MUTUAL ATTRACTION: by Wayan; 32K. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1978.
That moment when you recognize a kindred spirit, and realize he or she feels that way too...
|TAROT: THE PIANIST (Knight of Wands?): by Wayan; 27K. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1978.
The knight of creative fire, who takes over when you've mastered technique but kept your passion...
|TAROT: THE SMORGASBORD OF LIFE: by Wayan; 42K. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1978.
You get to fill one tray. Guns sex jewels pot hamburgers TV boredom God power thrills love? Choose!
|TAROT: THE SPHINX (the High Priestess): by Wayan; 328 x 546. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1978.
The card of intuition, dreams--and asking. She knows all the secrets. And might just tell you, if...
|TAROT: OUTSTANDING (The Seven of Wands): by Wayan; 22K. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1978.
Those of you who see or sense auras know how rare it is to meet someone with all four cylinders firing...
|TAROT: REST!: by Wayan; 17K. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1978.
The card of fatigue and rest. Tarot's so primal--never a dull moment. Well, take a break...
|TAROT: THE UNICORN QUEEN (Queen of Swords): by Wayan; 30K. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1978.
Having (or living with) a sharp mind is like living with a unicorn. That horn can kill or heal...
|MIRIEL INTERRUPTUS: by Miriel and Wayan; 1978/9/5 and 1978/9/6; two embarrassing parallel dreams
Wayan dreams he and his sister grope toward sex in the kitchen, when two of her friends burst in...
Miriel dreams she's having sex with a boy from her choir, when two of her friends burst in...
CAUTION: FRUSTRATION, INCEST, CAUGHT IN SEX
|DOCTOR VENTRIL: by Wayan; 1978/9/22, a nightmare where I'm the nightmare.
A doctor lures me into his office. What he turns out to be scares me less than how I defend myself...
CAUTION: VIOLENCE, ARACHNOPHOBIA
|FOSSIL BARBIE: by Wayan; 1978/9/27; a dream of non-teamwork.
I dreamed our Medieval football coaches all blamed the ugly Potato Person for all evil...
CAUTION: NUDE POTATO
|RATTLER BY THE CONTROLS: by Wayan; 1978/10/19, an anti-phallic-symbol dream.
I dreamed I was riding a huge toy train, and a gigantic rattlesnake was at the controls...
|SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED: by Wayan; 1978/10/26, a dreamtale.
A demigoddess and a wizard meddle with humans. But do even THEY know what they're assembling?
|THE BROADS: by Wayan; 1978/11/19, a dream on lowlife potential.
Everyone wears a big cowboy beltbuckle. Twist it and your bodymass re-distributes! But mine...
CAUTION: CRASS AND CRUDE
|FLY-PARADISE: by Wayan; 1978/12/15, an automatic-writing poem that functioned like an advisory dream
I'm a fly lured to a bright but sealed window. The only way out is to ignore the light and brave the dark--and only when a door opens. Patience AND boldness...
|BLACK SOLSTICE; 1978/12/23 by Wayan; a warning dream-poem
It had been a weirdly mild winter day, but in my dream black storms loomed as I tried to build shelter...
|STRUCK BY THOUGHT: by Wayan; dreamed 1956-57, 1971/11/26, 1978/12/28, 1982/10/5, and 1983/9/12, a picture-poem experiment: one dream per stanza!
Five short dreams exploring the weight of culture on our animal selves...
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