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Interfaces are strange. There's a fascination to beaches, harbors and docks... shores where worlds meet. They symbolize dreams so well--a meeting place for conscious and unconscious.

Besides, everyone takes off their clothes at the beach, and dreams like to strip off coverings and see what's underneath.

And if you're feeling down, you can always pretend you're birdwatching, crawl into a salt marsh, and wallow in goo...

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ADDING SHELLS TO NINA: by Wayan; 1974/10/4, an absurd dream poem.
I lay on a beach with Nina. I stuck a shell on her body and designed a fabulous line of prosthetics...
ANGERHELM: by Wayan; 1994/11/11, a reassuring nightmare.
In one long night I hike out of Frustration Hell, to Inner-Freedom Heaven...
THE ASILOMAR OF DREAMS: by Wayan; 1986/3/5, a dream about dreams.
Jungian angels at a conference of dreams test my progress. But I'm all backwards: did the hard stuff first...
ATLANTIS: 4; c. 1993 by Mark Doty; elegiac poem, one of six, three dream-based
Here in the marshes, tides drown the landscape, but it's hidden, not gone. Are we hidden or gone when we go under?
ATLANTIS: 5. COASTAL; c. 1993 by Mark Doty; elegiac poem, one of six, three dream-based
A plumber's daughter brings home a sick marsh bird and tries to save it...
BEAR READ DUNE: by Wayan; dreamed 1981/1/28, painted 10 years later.
There are many astral planes--this world's just the cellar. A cat, a bird, a bear and I guard the astral stair...
BERNAL ISLET IN 2250: by Wayan; 2007/4/2, an epic undream painting
My neighborhood becomes a Huck Finn Eden after global warming turns it into a tropical island...
CAUTION: NUDITY, AMBITOPIA
BEYOND THE BUOYS: by Wayan; 1981/2/12, a short punning dream.
I'm a fairy queen at the beach, chasing a girl who's a strong swimmer. Yep, she swims beyond the buoys...
CAUTION: BAD LESBIAN PUNS
BOY TRANCE: by Wayan; 1989, a digital sex change.
Boys still get portrayed as businesslike in sex, girl as floating orgasmic jellyfish. Time for a sex change...
CAUTION: SEX AND LIMP RUBBER ARMS
BURN: by Sierra Loucks; 1990?, a five-year-old's nightmare
I was at the beach with my friends. It was fun. But gradually they were laughing at me, not with me. Then they picked up burning sticks...
CAUTION: GRUESOME
CAMPION'S WARNING: by Wayan; 1994/6/12, a warning dream--but not warning of what I think.
On the beach, seated at The Piano, director Jane Campion warns "Avoid Hollywood, they'll snip away at your vision..."
CENTAUR BEACH: by Wayan; 1990. Two images from a set of recurring dreams.
Me and my sisters at the beach. Strangers rarely think we're related, and you can see why...
CENTAUR: PAULINA AT SUNSET: by Wayan; 1987/12/8, dream-infused figure studies
Worried you're anorexic? Gain weight, yet stay slender! Become a centaur, like model Paulina Porizkova...
CAUTION: NUDITY and BODY IMAGE/ANOREXIA ISSUES
CENTAUR BY SARTRE: by Wayan; 1989/3/28; an oracular dream
A sea-centaur explains why some dreams don't LIKE to surface to so-called consciousness...
CAUTION: WET T-SHIRT, EXISTENTIALISTS, HARPOONS
CENTAUR, WOBBLY: Wayan; digital sketch 1990 based on dream I can't trace.
Wise advice from a funny looking centauress at a nude beach...
CAUTION: CRUDE NUDE
CHAPERONE AND REBEL: by Wayan; 1998/5/18, a flirtatious dreamtale.
A girl with a magic swimsuit flashes me, as her Iranian fundamentalist aunt glares from beyond the veil...
CAUTION: NUDITY? OR ILLUSION?
CHINA BEACH: by Wayan; 1992. Digital poster of a waking life-shift..
That moment when you tire of your old trauma and suddenly turn to the sun. Or fun.
CAUTION: NUDITY, SEXUAL THEMES
CHOREOGRAPHY: by Wayan; 2006/9/7, a nightmare of murder in plain sight.
At a beach, a mob of kids stage an intricate practical joke full of coordinated “accidents.” How many of the jokers knew the end was death?
CAUTION: MALICE
CHUNKS, or, BABEZILLA!: by Wayan; two dreams 1990/10/4 and 1991/9/4 told as digital comics.
I meet a giant psychic baby feared by 12-step people. So I go to the beach and find I'm a shark-bit girl who can have her missing chunks sewn back in--if I still have room for them...
CIRCUS GIRL: by Wayan; 1993/1/10, a dream of love and trouble.
I fall for a circus girl. Her brother is jealous, so all the dwarves show up with guns...
CAUTION: INCEST ISSUES
CLAN TAUR: by Wayan; suite of tinted pencil studies of dream-family, 1998-2002.
I keep dreaming I'm in a multispecies family full of centaurs and satyrs, having a reunion at the beach...
CAUTION: NUDE BEACH, STRANGE RELATIVES
COLLISION COURSE: by Wayan; May 1998; digital sketch of waking life-situation.
Being a hippie artist in San Francisco today feels like being an animal in an African game park...
THE CREEK: by Louisa E. Rhine; c. 1925? a lifesaving predictive dream
I dreamed I was camping by a creek. I went to get the soap and returned to find my baby son face-down in the water...
CROWBOTTLE: by Wayan; 1998/1/2, a dream of a wise foolish act.
It was on a beach. Inside, a black thing squirming. Despite all the tales of vengeful djinn, I pull the cork...
DEER AND SANDSTORM: by Wayan; 1993/3/17, a pre-fever dream.
I'm in a hotel by the Great Salt Lake. Deer roam the halls and lap at the drinking fountain...
DIURNAL AND NOCTURNAL WORLDS: by Wayan; 1993/11/8, an epic dream of the multiverse.
Round the ring of twelve worlds and their twelve gods, seeking one god who's giving me grief...
DREAMKU, JANUARY 2007: by Roswila; various dates up to January 2007; 31 dream-poems--some longer forms than haiku
A month of dreams full of science fiction: galactic navigation, spacedragons, oppressed fairies, alien love...
ENLIGHTENMENT: by Brenda Ferrimani; 1999/3/9, painting of a non-apocalyptic dream
A crowd watches from shore as a great glowing meteor descends into the sea. I fear a tsunami, but...
FLUID DREAM CONNECTIONS: by Jenny Badger Sultan; 2003/11/8 and 2007/3/14; linked dreams of pods
A pod of whales in the sky and a circle of children dressed like seed-pods both beg me to interpret them...
FLUID REALITY: by Wayan; 1983/8/8; a magical dream-sea voyage that turned out to be predictive
A quest thru magic portals, snarky flower-fairies, redcoats marching undersea, reassembling bodyparts, living chess, Nosferatu the Vampyre...
FLYING IN THE FALL: by Wayan; 1995/1/21, a dream scene.
In Surinam, a whole river falls 600 meters into the sea. I put on a birdsuit and fly into rainbows...
FROM THE HORSE'S MOUTH: by Roswila, August 2002; a dream-poem illustrating dream reentry
My horse and I dove into a lagoon and sought buried treasure on the sea-floor. What are we really after?
FURIOUS FLIGHT: by Wayan; 1998/11/8, a dream on managing rage.
I lose my temper. I don't just fly off the handle--I fly off a cliff and out to sea! Why'd I risk drowning?..
FUTILITY: by Wayan; 1973/11/23, a time-machine dream.
I'm Liza Doolittle on Mars. With Mr. Wells's Time Machine. Lost, in fact. Can I get home? Should I?
GOD DRESSED YE, MARE: by Wayan; a Christmas carol misheard 1968/12/25 & drawn 2008/6/28 ; surreal comix
At 15 I misheard God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen and liked my version better. "Lit muffin, rude Esmé"...
GOLD EATER: by Wayan; 560K, 9-page comic of a 1993/1/15 dream.
I'm an orphan shapeshifter enslaved by a gold-eating monster. But I meet a cat-girl with a hammer...
CAUTION: BAD FOSTER-DAD; CAPITALIST MONSTER; VIOLENCE TO INNOCENT VENDING MACHINES
THE GODDESS OF WYRE: by Edwin Muir; c.1920, a dream of soul-rebirth
After 25 years I land on my native island of Wyre, to touch an ancient clay figurine, who grows young and wakes...
GUARD ON THE BEACH: by Wayan; 1980/9/17, a dream of moral suasion
Very nearly a nightmare, till the guard on the beach relented in the face of people power...
HARPY: by Wayan; 2000/6/2, a stylized nightmare
My dad's paralyzed, my car's stolen. So I dream a stylized harpy made of steel, like a living Calder statue, holds three girls hostage...
HERMIT IN THE PIPE: by Wayan; 1999/5/2, a dream of the end.
I'm a holy man sneaking into a sewerpipe at the beach, to pop anxiety pills in shame. Do they even work?
CAUTION: CHEMICAL CRUTCHES
HUBRIS EGGS: by Wayan; 1981/6/11, a short defiant psychic dream.
I'm wrapping my heavy-metal eggs too slowly, so the Judges sink my car! I set out to get revenge...
I'M AT MY RAINY MORNING WORKDESK: by Jack Kerouac, late Aug? 1954, a lucid dream-prompt missed
I look down by the dock and see the Navy vessels anchored in the bay and the crowds of sailors walking on the water towards the land...
I TOSSED MUSIC: by Wayan; 1997/9/19, an advisory dream.
I asked my dreams "should I return to school?" They replied with this bizarre tale of sabotage...
CAUTION: VIOLENCE TO DUMB INSTRUMENTS
ICEBERG WRANGLERS: by Wayan; 2015/8/4, an otherworldly dream-poem
Captain Ahab's students are better ice wranglers than I'll ever be--wrestling near-invisible bergs round to lucky postures...
THE ILL-FORMED TALE: by Wayan; 160K, 1981/4/7, a wild dream anti-epic.
To reach the Peak of Happiness on the Isle of Dreams, I must pass four Perils--but they're all backwards...
CAUTION: RELIGIOUS NUTS, KNIVES, NUDE ALIENS, BACKWARD PLOT...
IN IO: by Wayan, 1981/8/7, a wild otherworldly dream with 3 illustrations.
I live on Io. It's nicer than its photos. At least inside, where the oceans are--where I grow a second head...
IN THE MERMAID'S DRESSING ROOM: by Wayan; 100K, 1993/12/18; an evolutionary dream.
At Sea-Dragon State Park, I climbed down to the sea serpent's dressing room after the show, and found...
CAUTION: MERMAID BREASTS
IN THE STAR; 1988/9/12 by Wayan; an epic, out-of-body, intrastellar quest-dream
I tour the heart of a red supergiant, where dreaming souls explore their heart's desires unconstrained by matter...
CAUTION: SWEDENBORGIAN VISION, UNICORN NUDITY
JAPANESE RAIL CRASH: by an Air Force wife; 1927, a clairvoyant or telepathic dream
The track gave way and many cars fell into the bay. People crawled like ants out of the windows as waves broke on the wreckage...
LAPUTANS LECTURE BROBDINGNAG: by Wayan; 2014/10/1; a dream that resents being patronized by the waking mind
We ride on a flying saucer made of stone. Atop the great cliffs, we meet a giant and advise him not to slip. He doesn't like advice from little alien tourists...
LONG ROAD TO HEAVEN: by Edwin Muir; 1920, an epic hypnogogic shamanic initiation
Creatures in the primal sea touch my third eye, dragons cry their eyes out, I fight the Sphinx, and arrive at last in...
MEREDYTH AND LILLY: by Meredyth Watts; May 2010, 2010/11/14 and 2010/12/7, a set of dreams (or a recurrent episodic dream)
I dream over and over of the same place, time, and woman. We have a love affair. Strangely, I'm the one who gets pregnant...
THE MERMAID TOW: by Wayan; 1994/2/17, a rescue-fantasy dream.
I rescue some drowning kids by turning into a mermaid, but towing one girl has an unexpected effect...
MISFITS ON MARS: by Wayan; 300K, 1986/11/20, an epic dream; the climax of UNICORN TAG, though it can stand alone.
From the punk clubs of Frisco to the Safeways of Si Valley to the vermilion sands of Mars, Silky the were-nightmare fights for the Misfits against every cliche in science fiction...
MUSHROOM-SHAPED ROCK: by Jenny Badger Sultan, 2000/4/14, a happy dream
I climb a huge mushroom-shaped rock rising from a hotspring and prepare to dive in...
NATIVE LANGUAGE: by Wayan; 1996/11/17, a dream about senses and speech.
I'm at the beach, seeing it through English linguistic filters. Or do I? Is there a language under language?
HIS NORI SUIT: by Wayan; 1992/9/4, a dream on isolation.
Down at the tideline, a man dressed in seaweed disproves John Donne's adage...
NOW WE ARE 48: by Laurel Blossom, 1991; a dream-poem of a rescue.
At the beach I dive into deep water to save my drowning friend Kathy, and find it’s not so clear who’s who...
ON THE SEASHORE: by Gabrielle Bell; between 1998-2002; a lucid dream-comic
I'm on a beach in Mexico with a baby--my only souvenir of an affair I can't recall. I'm a mom? My whole life will change! Wait. Is this real, or...
ORACLE--SEA CHANGE: by Jenny Badger Sultan; 1999/5/6, dream-based painting
At the beach, wading with my fellow dreamworker Stephanie. The waves are getting bigger--are they a hazard, or can we ride them?
PEAK PORTAL: by Wayan; 2014/8/27, a dream-poem on half-conscious shamanic possession
At a strange gate between worlds with high and low sea levels, a meddling spirit prods me to clear a path for a salt torrent between...
PERISSA: by Wayan; 660K total (15 images); 1997/9/13, a sexy political dream.
When Perissa, an exhibitionistic centaur, bares her body in a crowded Coliseum, she also bares a racist plot...
CAUTION: EXHIBITIONISM, SPECISM
PIER'S END: by Wayan, 1989/2/21, a Raymond Chandler dreamtale.
My detective lover warned me, "Stay away!" Now I'm trapped. Dare I follow the lion over the edge?
THE PLANTER OF SEEDS: by Victoria Goro-Rapoport, 2011, print based on recurring dreams
I often dream I'm lost in a strange city, wandering the unfamiliar streets in search of something unknown, and possibly unknowable...
POKING THROUGH THE NET: by Wayan; 1993/8/6, a dream on evading repression.
Cult members must wear a chadoor, and daily confess their sins. So why's their beach such a pickup scene?
THE PRIMEVAL ANIMAL and the Survival of the Earth: by Jenny Badger Sultan; 1999/4/28; an epic dream-painting
A huge spiral nautilus needs healing; its coils are coming undone, and if it dies, all on earth may die with it...
PUFF TIDE: by Wayan; 1993/5/1, a nightmare on indulging rage and tears; 8 illus.
I'm swept off sea-rocks, as my scaly guardian watches calmly--letting me drown in the tears I shed...
CAUTION: DROWNING
SANDWORLDERS: by Wayan; 1996/1/28, a dreamtale on solitude.
At the beach, I meet some gregarious desert-world aliens who think loners are insane...
SEA MASSAGE: by Wayan; 100K, 1995/10/3, a puzzling dreamtale.
I can fly and breathe water. So I fly into art-rich mansions, though not to steal--I earn plenty from undersea massage...
SHAPESHIFTER FEVER: by Wayan; 1989/1/30, a dream poem.
A summer love affair with a shapeshifting alien turns awkward when she gets a high fever, and...
CAUTION: UGH!
A SHELLFISH EPIPHANY: by Wayan; 1996/6/14, a spiritual dream.
I'm a Japanese pearldiver; our family's cast away on a coral islet. One day, lonely, scared, I cast away fear...
SHY NO MORE: by Wayan; 2008/8/13. A dream poem, Dreamverse #3
I play the lovers in a teen romance: shy abused boy, insecure girl. But I get tired of the script, and...
CAUTION: LANGUAGE
SILKY'S SONNET: by Wayan; 1983/6/15, a love-poem to a nightmare.
A love poem to the black nightmare I kept meeting in my dreams, who finally married me...
CAUTION: SEX TALK
SKIMMING TOWARD FREEDOM: by Wayan; 2002/1/18, a dream with 3 sketches.
My girlfriend and I can fly, but detectives follow us around. How to lose them? By sticking to the beach and...
CAUTION: BIZARRE CREATURES, FRANK LANGUAGE
THE SOLE FISHER OF THE EIGHTH NODE: by Wayan; 1986/9/25, a prescriptive dream.
The pier jutting into the sea of dreams has an 8th chakra at the end, where a lonely woman fishes for, um, sole...
SOULS IN THE MUD: by Wayan; 1981/1/14, a thoughtful dream.
I'm being hunted in Reincarnation Swamp, as I worry--the human population boom means experienced souls are scarce. Are most folks you meet really dogs, cats... rats?
CAUTION: MYSTIC ELITISM
SPIRIT FACE: by Jenny Badger Sultan, 1988/4/25 dream of a huge art project
I'm at the beach, collecting stones to make a gigantic face viewable only from the air...
SPIT DOOR: by Wayan; 1997/9/7, a flying dream.
I have a job setting up secret doors to other realities and creating paths through our world between them...
A SQUID STRATEGY: by Wayan; 1997/10/7, a dream warning.
Giant squid start surfacing at popular beaches and eating people. Not the form of first contact we'd hoped...
CAUTION: YOU ARE LUNCH
THE STAIRWELL TEST: by Wayan; 1980/9/7, a pedophilic defenestration dream.
An underage girl comes on to me, and then asks me to... throw her down a stairwell?!
CAUTION: DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME!
SUBMERGED IN THE WAVE: by Jenny Badger Sultan, 1988/8/3, a comic nightmare
I'm holding a pornographic novel, trying to keep it dry, as huge waves flood the room. The book and I are both going to get drenched...
SULE SKERRY: by Wayan; 1984/8/13, a non-nightmare.
My sister and I are on a ship abandoned by its crew, heading full-steam for the rocks, when...
SURF DREAMS, DEEP DREAMS: by AE (George Russell) and Wayan; 1918 and 1996, twin images of our limited conception of dreaming
What you call dreams are just the surf-zone between waking and dream! Swim out past the foam to the deeps and you'll find...
SURF THE SAN ANDREAS: by Wayan; 2008/8/21, three short dreampoems, Dreamverse #11
Through twin gates of dream--not ivory and horn any more, but fear and trust...
Three castles on the sea, lovely or lame: a Mock Kremlin, a Ship of Toiletpaper, and a Ship of Brick and Beer...
A mad old surfer of the San Andreas Fault, impossibly riding earth-change...
SUTRO PARK: by Wayan; 1990/11/2, digital painting of nondream surreal event.
The tale of the most truly sincerely religious revelation I've ever witnessed...
CAUTION: REAL WITCHES
SUTRO RUINS: by Wayan; 1997, pencil/digital; waking landscape though it doesn't look it.
The ruins of the Sutro Baths in San Francisco were the setting for an otherworldly dream...
SWAN-SCATTER: by Wayan; 1998/10/9, a dream of flight and guilt.
It's hard to fly without a plane, but I try, over a lonely lagoon. Until I panic some nesting swans...
TAROT: THE MOON (Full Tide: Life): by Wayan; 37K. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1979.
Time, tide, cycles... In this phase, the hourglass is full, life brims over. Passion's time. Action's time...
TAROT: THE MOON (Ebb Tide: Memory): by Wayan; 39K. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1979.
Time, tide, cycles... At ebb, the hourglass drains, the tide recedes, life hides in the cracks...
THREE HORSE MARSH: by Wayan; 1983/9/27. Acrylic triptych, each panel 18 x 24", group ca. 2x5'
Dream-inspired landscape with herons and wild horses in a vaguely Japanese style...
TIGER TALL: by Wayan; 1992/7/3, a marathon dream.
I'm a tiger from Planet Cat, visiting Earth to run in San Francisco's "Bay to Breakers" race. I knew racial tensions were high, but why is William S. Burroughs out to kill me? Oh. Because...
UNCORK A SUB GOD: by Wayan; 1998/8/11, a cryptic warning dream.
Exploring a sunken sub, my buddies salvage a something ticking. Toss it back, but it won't stay sunk...
UNICORN and MERMAID: by Wayan; 1988, digital; dream figures though not dream scene.
A unicorn wades in the shallows to meet his mermaid girlfriend. Or at least they're headed that way...
THE VOICE OF GOD: by Wayan, 1993/1/31, a psychic nightmare-epic.
I go half-mad and massacre a whole cult, till my gun manifests stigmata: a gory miracle. Then I'm one of the cult members, struggling to ignore the Voice of God pushing all us mortals to murder in His name.
I woke up haunted, and wondered for weeks what this was about... until the Waco Massacre.
CAUTION: CREEPY VIOLENCE, CREEPY GOD, CREEPY PREDICTION
WAR IN THE RING: by Bruno Oliveira; May 2011, a happy nightmare
War, monsters, plague and bombs are just thrills spicing up this city rising from a tropical sea on an alien world...
WATERCATS: by Wayan; 170K, 1987/9/10; a psychic dream of another life.
I'm a biologist who finds an 'extinct' species in a slum. But the survivors speak: they tell me I'm one of them, just hypnotized to think I'm human... And when I wake, another kind of cultural hypnosis is exposed:
WHALE SPEAKS: by Brenda Ferrimani; 2014?; an epic dream painting
I dreamed I was a whale swimming against a Christian ebb tide, trying to lead humans to a cleaner spiritual current...
CAUTION: CRITIQUES AMERICAN CHRISTIANITY
WHEN BLOOD FLOWS, THE DANGER IS PAST: by Jenny Badger Sultan; 2000/3/23 and 2000/4/19; twin dreams of carved-up women
A woman is knifed by the sea. I cradle her, but she's probably dying...
For my intitiation-ordeal, I'm told I have to cut designs in my own back! I can't reach, so I insist...
THE WHITE WAVE: by Jenny Badger Sultan, 1988/8/3, alternate treatment of a comic nightmare, Submerged in the Wave
I'm holding a pornographic novel, trying to keep it dry, as huge waves flood the room. The book and I are both going to get drenched...
WHY I BECAME THE SEA: by Wayan; 1980/6/19, a dream of containment.
I get so mad at a bunch of cops who harass gays, that I become the sea itself and chase them...
CAUTION: UNCHARITABLE REPRESENTATION OF OUR SAINTS IN BLUE
A WIFE OR A GHOST: by Justin Masi; 2014? a surreal dream-painting-prose-poem on grief
My sister's fiancé Billy died a year ago. I didn't realize how deep the grief ran till I dreamed...
WINTER SNAIL: by Jenny Badger Sultan, 1994/1/22, twin dreams of renewal fuse in a painting
At the beach, a barrel of huge snails somehow heal my legs. In the next dream, back on the beach, I give birth to our son...
ZELIG FLIES: by Wayan, 1984/4/29, a psychic, lucid dream epic.
Indescribable! I careen from a sacrificial marriage-altar to the secret pool of the Oracle Harpist, into the jaws of Leviathan and the joys of lucid flight, shifting from male to female and gay to straight--till I meet the Dragonfly People themselves...
CAUTION: STUPID, STUPID SEX CULT!


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