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|AFTER HE DIED: by Jane O. Wayne, 1990?, a dream-poem fragment
After he died, I dreamed that the phone rang and when I said "Hello"...
|THE AIRPORT AUTOMATIC PHOTOGRAPHY BOOTH: by Julie Doucet; 1997/11/19, a dream-comic
At the airport, a new automatic photo booth shoots your memories!
Julie can't resist... and emerges, excited, to find that...
|ALICE'S LETTERS: by "Alice"; late 1960s?, a dream of spiritual advice
I mail some letters that will solve everyone's problems, but a man argues we need problems...
|ALICE'S POEM: by Lewis Carroll; 1872, a poem on dreams
Are dreams really so ephemeral? Lewis Carroll, who built the Alice books from dream-shards, wasn't so sure...
|AMONG COLUMNS: by Wayan; 1989/6/19, digital picture of psychic dream
A psychic dream about a New York ballet student who was a black panther. Lower case...
|AMPLIFIER: by Alder; 1999/11/13, a dream on self-underestimation
I was always the weakest magic-worker I knew. But when demons threatened my grandchild...
|ANDROMEDA: by Wayan; dreamed 1987/12/30; 14x17" crayon portrait
I dream of the legendary maiden chained to a rock, and the dragon--but they weren't as advertised...
|ANNABEL ROSE: by Emily Joy; 2006/12/14, a ghostbusting dream on... love? sex? what?
Edgar Allen Poe confronts his dead girlfriend, who wants to drag him into the grave with her...
CAUTION: HUNGRY GHOST, SEX TALK
|ANNIE, GET YOUR GOWN!: by Wayan; 1988/9/14, a comic dream.
I'm Annie Oakley, sharpshooter, facing something scarier than gunmen: a formal ball
introducing me to my new husband's family--Austrian aristocracy! What's an American gal to do?
|AROUND LAKE ERIE AND ACROSS THE HUDSON: by Rachel Hadas; 1997? a dream-poem
My dead friend Charlie and his sister and I are driving around Lake Erie.
We know it's a dream and he's dead, and yet we're joyous...
|ARSON MUSIC: by Wayan; 2000/10/4, a parallel-world dream on ethics
Driving through California farm hills with subtly different natural laws,
I find social consequences. Can physics create evil?
|THE ARTIFACT: by Wayan; 1983/1/16. Narrative dream painting.
I was a lizard archeologist, a million years from now. What I dug up threatened my marriage...
|ATLANTIS; c. 1993 by Mark Doty; six elegiac poems, three dream-based
In our marshlands, tides, birds, dogs come and go; but must our friends and lovers, too?
CAUTION: AIDS DEATHS
|AVENUE OF TREES: by Anonymous #34; July 1911?, early 1924?, 1934/3/30, & Jan. 1947;
four death-omen dreamlets, one predictive
Every decade or so, I dream a loved one says farewell and walks
down an avenue of trees. I wake to find that person's dying...
|BAD NANCY!: by "Nancy"; March 1985, a prodromal/diagnostic dream
A second me punches me in the breast. I fight back, yelling
"Bad Nancy! Bad Nancy!" Five months later I find a malignancy...
|BALANCE?: by Wayan, 1984/10/10, a dream about dreams.
Silky, my sentient starship, gives me a scolding about playing it safe...
|BAND-AIDS: by Bagheera Pardus; c.1985, a lucid re-entered nightmare turned to joy.|
Giant snakes chased me. I go lucid, turn & slay one. As I woke, the snakes cried. So I re-entered...
CAUTION: SNAKES, BEHEADING, REHEADING
|BAYSHORE AND CHARTER: by a Redwood City man; July 1951, a lifesaving predictive urge
I burst into tears for no reason and for 15 minutes begged my brother-in-law not to go, then said...
|BEATING UNCLE FESTER, or, ACHIEVING BILUMIA: by Wayan; 2013/3/31, a telepathic yet stupid dream.
I screw the lightbulbs in my ears again, and this time, they stay. I sit down at the piano, and as I play...
|BEFORE BED: by Mary Ruefle, ca. 1995, a dream-poem on stewardship
In the cathedral, before the nation, I solemnly crown someone with my own detached head...
|BELLE OF THE BALL: by Bonnie; 2006/5/2, a sexy ghost dream
I'll win a house if I can survive a night in the Haunted Pavilion! But I've been here before--before I was born...
CAUTION: GHOST ORGY
|BERYL BORROWED IT: by Wayan, 1986/3/8, an absurd dream.
My top-heavy friend Beryl borrows my ass and legs to become
a centaur so she won't fall over. But I want them back, so...
CAUTION: CRUDE AND STUPID
|BILL: by Anonymous #32; c. 1950, a predictive warning dream
My mother begged me to stay in. I went out with Bill--who raped me. Mom later told me she'd dreamed...
CAUTION: DATE RAPE
|BIRD CRASH: by Emily Joy; 2007/3/12, a set of didactic nightmares
Such pressures there are on the sick to act well! I implore you, ignore them all...
CAUTION: EXPLODING TEACHER
|THE BLACK EGG: by Wayan; 1999/3/25, a comic psychic dream.
My crazy friend Wayne goes bowling for busses with a black egg. Wait! Crazy? Or... predictive?
CAUTION: GEORGIA O'KEEFFE BEHAVES DISGRACEFULLY
|BLESS MY PHOBIA: by Wayan; dreamed 1992/8/15; story + silk painting.
I was Eve's guardian angel the second time round, and I blew it again. But this time, it came out right....
CAUTION: BREASTS AND BEASTS
|BLUE EAGLE: by Xanthe; 1989/10/6, a dream that said it wasn't for me
I met a great blue eagle waiting to get into a library--but not to hunt books...
|BOB THE TREE: by Catshall; c. 2013/6/21, a dream-haiku on our marriage
I dreamt Bob was a tree-god enthroned in ivy. I said...
|THE BOULDER DISSOLVES: by Myoe Shonin; mid Dec. 1230, an old monk's dream of liberation
I was trapped inside a boulder, but as I chanted it melted around me until it resembled a discarded skin...
|BOX OF DREAMS: by Jenny Badger Sultan; 2007 to 2009, a boxed set of 19 small dream-paintings
A sequence of short dreams full of creatures. They warn I'll face leukemia...
|THE BREAST BANDIT: by Wayan, 1984/5/31, an embarrassing dream.
I'm bad. I'm really bad. I know I shouldn't have done it. But my mail-order breasts were late...
CAUTION: BREAST THEFT
|THE BRIDGE: by Wayan; a 3-page comic from two linked dreams, 1989/5/28 & 1989/10/1.
The Hunt of the Unicorn (yeah, guess who I am), as I fly through the worlds fighting Reaganism...
CAUTION: MOCKS THE GREAT COMMUNICATOR
|BRIDGE, MOON, PROFESSOR, SHOES: by Dorothea Tanning; 2003? Poem of a flying dream
The moon invites me to go flying, but I get tired of magic and just want to go shopping...
|BUMBREE SYNDROME: by Wayan; 1984/3/14, a comic dream about dreams.
Princess Chinchilla and I use an umbrella to escape the Wizard. Now to escape the Dream Researchers!...
|BUT AS YESTERDAY by Nancy Price; 1948, a dream of being sacrificed
Our gods demand sacrifices. I let Mother mutilate me so I'd be unfit. But the priests turn out to be blind...
CAUTION: YOU CAN FEEL PAIN IN DREAMS
|CALPURNIA'S DREAM: by Calpurnia, wife of Caesar; 44BC/3/14, a warning.
The night before Julius Caesar's death, his wife dreamed he'd be killed and tried to warn him, but politics...
|CARYATID SWEET, GUIDE SOUR: by Wayan, 1999/9/2, a dream about that crazy conscious.
My guide in India says the Third World's doomed, but a stone dancer in the ruins winks behind his back...
CAUTION: NAKED CARVINGS
|CASSANDRA AND OTTER: by Wayan; 1982/3/14, a reassuring nightmare.
I take Cassandra's prophecies seriously, but she can't make sense of my future.
So we go see an otter with a crystal ball. But he's installed a new security system...
|A CAT AND HER GIRL: by Wayan; 1979/5/15, a deep little dream.
I'm a doctor in the future, trying to heal the neurolink between a girl and her cat...
|CECY'S SUBMISSION: by Wayan; 1996/6/4, a bondage-farce dream drawn as comics.
My writer-friend Cecy will do anything to get published. Anything? Oh, believe me, ANYTHING...
CAUTION: BONDAGE, not to mention POSTAGE
|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
|CHANDELIER: by a Washington mom, pre-1961, an absurd, lifesaving dream
I dreamt that at 4:35 AM the chandelier over our baby's bed fell, crushing the baby to death. I woke and...
|CHRONOPHOBIA!: by Wayan; 1993/7/10, a physicist's nightmare.
I find myself driving a speeding car down a freeway--in reverse. And I don't mean the gear...
|THE CHUTE: by Wayan; 1993/11/10, a dream transforming fear.
I'm warily crossing an avalanche chute in winter, when my worst fear happens. Then the slide speaks up...
|CLIFFMARE: by Wayan; 1988/10/8; a dream of lust vs freedom.
I was a wild mare in heat, torn between longing for sex, touch, love...and the fear of being tamed.
CAUTION: HORSE FRUSTRATION
|CLIMB FROM THE PIT: by Wayan, 1996/11/9, a dream parable.
I'm in the Mideast. No wonder it's a war zone--it's a vast pit BUILT for war!
But a spiral stair leads slowly out, to...
|COLOSTRUM FIRST!: by Lily and Wayan; 1998/2/27; a shared dream
A dream of exhibitionist girls playing with breast milk turns out not to be symbolic, but psychic...
|COYOTE SENT ME CASH!: by Wayan, 1982/10/11; a psychic dream, sung 2007 (MP3 + lyrics).
A true tale proving the Trickster God really will provide. We're lilies of the field!
|CRIMECON 90: by Wayan; 1990/3/27, a dream about capitalism.
I did what I love. The money didn't follow. So now I have to guard a crimeboss at a theft convention...
CAUTION: INEVITABLE CHEKHOVIAN SHOOTOUT
|CRITTERS IN THE RIFT: by Wayan; 2013/7/18, a weird dream job
I'm the receptionist for a research group of small oracular animals
in an Icelandic rift, who can sniff out the answer to any question...
|DALI CENTAUR: by Wayan; 1981/12/12; a surrealist nightmare.
I dreamed I saw what looked like an ink sketch by Dali of a horse--but I was dead wrong...
|DEAD RIGHTS! DEAD RIGHTS!: by Wayan; 1983/10/1, a dream of the other side.
I die young, to get it over with, like chickenpox. As I slowly revive, I face bias against the dead. So..
|DEANNA ON THE MAYAN STEPS: by Wayan; 1992/7/8, a nightmare poem.
Deanna Troy and I meet an alarming man atop a Mayan pyramid. Who will be the sacrifice?...
|DEYUPPIFIER: by Wayan; 1985/11/6 a gleeful dream fable.
I built a sex-maze to reprogram businesspeople, but I only grasp its meaning when I fuck City Hall...
CAUTION: SEX, LANGUAGE, RADICAL POLITICS
|DISSECTING PESSIMISM: by Wayan; 1997/4/14, a stubbornly educational nightmare .
A serial killer stalks our office, and our bosses deny it. When we defend ourselves, things turn weird...
|DO YOU LOVE ME, JOHN?: by Wayan; 1991/7/6, a dream on the courage of the shy.
I dream of a future where blondes are a too-cute endangered species. How can they survive? Like this...
|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
|DON'T SHOOT THE IBEX: by Jane Doe; 2005/8/9, a hunting dream.
My hunting license won’t let me legally shoot a giraffe or ibex, but I do bag a prime Macy’s salesman...
CAUTION: LICENSE TO KILL
|DRAGGED TO HER HEART'S DESIRE: by Wayan; 1997/9/16, a dream with a lesson.
The friends of a touchy aviator have to kidnap her just to give her a present... and WHAT a present...
|DRAMA IS HELL!: by Thomas Hood; 1824?; a comic nightmare
When my first play failed, I tried to console myself by reading Paradise Lost.
But drama and devils don't mix...
|DREAMS BLOCK VAMPIRE ARROWS: by Wayan; 1995/3/30, an encouraging nightmare.
Fighting vampire archers is risky enough WITH proper armor! And all I have is dream-journals...
|ECCENTRIC: by Wayan; 1990/5/17, a two-page dream-comic.
I'm a small planet in an eccentric orbit: a one-day summer, a two-day winter. Rest and hibernate, or...
CAUTION: SLACKER ETHIC
|THE EGG PROBLEM: by Wayan; 1990/3/2, digital painting of a magical dream.
I was an intellectual ballerina trying to stop zombies hatching from stone eggs...
|ELBERETH PAUSES: by Wayan; 1989/6/26, a dream on postwar ethics.
After the Lord of the Rings falls, Elbereth herself is sent to heal the land. But she has a troubling neighbor...
|EMBER IN THE BRAIN: by Wayan; 1983/3/31, a dreamtale on anger.
I'm the Incredible Hulk, forced to do emergency brain surgery. And the patient's burning from within...
CAUTION: VIOLENCE AND UNLICENSED MEDICINE
|EMOTIONAL PALETTE: by Wayan; 2000/3/22, an indescribable dream.
My spirit-wife and I spend our last evening together painting. Not with colors--with emotions...
|EMPTY-EYED CREATURES: by Wayan; 1996/12/9, an animal Zen dream.
I lose myself, but I get some startling advice from a convent-school kid with empty eyes...
|ESCAPE FROM PBS!: by Wayan; 1992/9/17, a trapped-in-TV nightmare.
I'm trapped in a TV documentary on nuclear war! Better dive through a TV screen and find a safe sitcom...
|FACE-BEETLE: by Wayan; 1982/2/13, a nightmare with career advice.
A monstrous Kafka beetle grows gradually out of my face. And it's a MESSAGE...
|FILLING THE ANCESTORS' SHOES: by Wayan; 1995/9/24, a shamanic dream.
A dream of a shaman named Fred who tried to use a bear as a lightbulb. Fred, Fred, Fred...
|FINANCIAL PORN: by Wayan; 1980/12/24, a Christmas dream on capitalism.
On Christmas eve, I ask my dreams what they think of our annual orgy, and...
CAUTION: THE F WORD AND THE C WORD (CAPITALISM)
|FIRST DATE: by Wayan; 1991/10/20, a true story.
I have weird, bad luck around dating. Finally I go on a picnic with Page, and the Great Fire begins...
|FLOCK WISDOM: by Alder; 1958, a magic comic frustration dream
My eighth grade class is a flock of birds migrating south for the winter, but we don't migrate the easy way...
|FLY, DANCER!: by Wayan; 1993/4/2; an advisory dream.
In my ballet class, we were learning to leap. But I wanted to FLY. So I went outside alone...
|FOR THEM: by Wayan; 1995/12/1, a dream of outcasts.
On the Night Train out of my small-town life, I meet the town rebel. But she's misplaced her tongue...
CAUTION: PETTING; UNNERVING TONGUE
|FOUR-ARMED SINGER: by Wayan; 1996/5/16; a dream of baring your soul .
In our mutant future, a lovely horse-tailed four-armed girl sings her heart out--as clubgoers ignore her...
CAUTION: NUDE CABARET
|GHOST GATOR: by Wayan; 1984/10/9, a lip-reading dream.
A child from another universe materializes--part way. Too bad we called in that expert from Stanford...
|A GOLDEN KEY IN A CHEAP LIGHT: by Wayan; 1996/7/9, a subtle dream lesson
I was so lonely the potheads on Haight looked good. I dreamed I had the Golden Key, but under a cheap
sodium streetlamp, ALL my keys looked gold! Then I met true gold: a woman meditating until she shone...
CAUTION: NUDITY, HAIGHT STREET STONERS
|GRAVE: by Wayan; 1999, a poem of everyday life, if this is your everyday life.
So I looked out my window and saw this guy burying a tiny robed woman in a trench in the street...
|GRIEF KIVA: by Wayan; 1980/2/16, a lucid psychic dream.
In a Hopi underworld, I find even lucid dreaming can't cure guilt and grief over losses yet to come...
|THE GREAT PEACE: by George Antheil; early 1922; two predictive dreams that change a pianist's life
I dream it's after a great war; I hear the music I must write, and meet the girl I must marry...
|GROUND ZERO: by Al Davison; 2001/9/9, a predictive dream-comic.
Two days before 9/11, I dream I'm a child at ground zero, mourning the devastation--and witnessing rebirth.
|GROUNDHOG DAY: by Wayan; 1994/9/2, a dream-comic (or text with pix)
James Hillman is the first psychologist on the moon! He sees a shadow and
panics like a groundhog--mistakes it for Death. Not his own shadow, but MINE...
|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...
|THE HEIDEGGARIAN BARBARIAN: by Jo, 2007/02/02, a dream of hopping between two characters
I was two-thirds of a love triangle, but I always lost out. Flying was some consolation...
CAUTION: RAT DEATH, EVIL WHALES AND ADULTERY
|HELP YOUR NEIGHBOR: by Wayan; 2 illus., 1994/2/18, a comic nightmare.
I'm an organic almond grower who's solved the Luminous Snail problem. But my neighbor has an agenda...
|THE HOMONKEYLUS: by Wayan; 1992/6/15, a looping dream about blinders.
A smiling beauty queen on a float gives birth to a monkey with blinders, then re-absorbs the baby, then...
CAUTION: NUDITY AND ODDITY
|HUMANITY'S GREATEST FEAR: by Emily Joy; 2007/4/8, a sarcastic dream on education.
My teacher insists, "You'll be scared too, when you see it." But when he shows us humanity's greatest fear...
CAUTION: UNSPEAKABLE HORRORS
|I AM THREE: by Wayan; 1957-58, my three earliest dreams.
My first memory is of being a wild horse and waking up to find I was suddenly a human child...
|I AND I, or, RENTADATE: by Wayan; 1983/6/18, a dream of ego-loss AND proliferation.
After the revolution, I rule. But I get out of touch. So I throw a party and invite me, myself and I...
|ID FLOWERS: by Wayan; 1989/10/8, a dream of wish and fear
The villagers warned me not to walk in the alien graveyard; for at night, the Id flowers wake...
|IN MY DARKEST HOUR: by Arlo Guthrie; 1967, a song heard in a dream.
A man in a castle plots against his enemies, while his rebel-daughter meets her lover outside...
|AN INTERVIEW WITH WAYAN: by Wayan; 1994/3/20, an interview.
Dream researcher Stephanie Van Zandt Nelson questions me on the roots of the art of dreaming...
|THE IRRATIONALITY OF DREAMS: by Wayan; 1989/12/31, a New Year's dream.
On TV, the first Jungian anima to leave the unconscious is granting an interview. But the questions are...
|JACKPOT: by Catshall; 2007/5/29. A dream on sex, art and change--a flood of change!
How did my bondage dream turn into a slot-machine jackpot? And what kind of change is pouring out?...
CAUTION: (CON)SENSUAL BONDAGE
|JADE JACKPOT, or, A HEAP O' CHANGE: by Wayan; 1990/1/7, a dream of shaking down God.
I'm slipping dimes into a boulder of jade: a vending machine that fills every order wrong. Why feed it? Well...
|JUNG'S PREMONITIONS OF WORLD WAR I: by Carl Jung, 1913-1914; five ignored warnings.
Jung was told in dreams and visions that Europe would soon drown in blood. But he just couldn't believe it...
|JUST BEFORE 9/11: by Patti Viscardi; 6 AM 2001/9/11, a predictive nightmare
I was on a plane... It was almost graceful, the plane actually entered the building before everything dissolved into flame...
CAUTION: DEATH. DEATH TWICE.
|KARMA AND HER SISTERS: by Emily Joy; 2006/12/27, a happy sexy flying dream that turned tragic.
One boring lonely day, I meet a cute teenage bunny who wants to play with me! But half an hour later…
CAUTION: LANGUAGE, INTERSPECIES FLIRTING, AND LOSS
|KICK HER: by Wayan; 1994/8/9, a gameshow nightmare.
I'm a blonde gameshow bimbo. Each week, I'm beaten up. Ha ha ha! But my bruises are real. At last, I...
CAUTION: GAMESHOW FROM HELL
|KIDNAP LI PO!: by Wayan; 1990/1/16, a poetic dream.
I dream a Chinese fable: how the poet Li Po was abucted by the gods, till they face heavenly justice...
CAUTION: ABDUCTION, DRUNKS, EVIL PUN
|THE LIMP: by Wayan; 1986/7/18, a dream on difference
I was working for a London architect. His son thought people shunned him for his limp, but...
|LINCOLN'S ASSASSINATION DREAM: by Abraham Lincoln, ca.March 31 1865, a predictive nightmare.
Lincoln dreamt his body was lying in state in the White House. A guard said he'd been assassinated. Two weeks later...
|THE LOCH NESS DANCE: by Wayan; 1987/10/14, a Zen dream.
I'm chasing a guy named Will (short for Willful Conformity) through the classes of a mad dance academy...
|LYIN' WAYAN: by Wayan; 1996/4/10, a warning nightmare.
A mob of kids chases me chanting "Lyin' Wayan!" I get dizzy and fall off a bridge... THEN comes trouble!
CAUTION: FATAL FALL
|MAFIA DENTIST: by Wayan, 2007/7/10; a predictive comic nightmare.
My dentist (a Haitian Mafia leader) sends a message to my dad (also a Mafia don) by dental cruelty....
|MAMA BEAR'S ADVICE: by Wayan; 1985/12/8, a dream on love-tactics.
A bear-girl seduced by her coyote professor gets some advice on revenge from her anthropologist mom...
|THE MAN-EATER: by Carl Jung, 1879; a precocious formative nightmare.
Jung (at age three and a half) sees a terrifying god deep underground, and is told "That is the man-eater!"...
|THE MARTIAN FEUD: by Wayan; 1994/3/10, a warning dream.
On Old Mars, before it died, two rival families' teasing finally goes too far, despite the whale's warning...
|MERCURY: by Wayan; 1982/3/7, dream-poem of a lost future.
Mercury didn't spin! One side fire, one side ice. We farmed in domes, between--until the sun brightened...
CAUTION: RETRO SCIENCE
|METEOR OR STAR?: by Wayan; 2007/9/17, a dream of uncertainty
I'm an anima. But we rarely walk the day-world for long. When will I fade? Ignorance isn't bliss, it's paralysis...
|MOA: by Wayan; 1995/9/9, a dream on assertion.
I was an avian Mr Niceguy with sore knees, till I got some advice from my supposedly extinct big brother...
|MOM THE ALIEN: by Wayan; 1981; a nightmare on family
Many kids anxiously dream their parents aren't their real parents. I dreamed my parents ATE my real parents...
CAUTION: HUNGRY MONSTERS
|THE MOUSE BANNER: by Wayan; 1986/9/4, a dream fable.
I'm a mouse with a protest banner saying "FREEDOM!", having a slight argument with a cat...
|THE MUSTACHE PRAYER: by Wayan; 1983/9/11, a dream on wishes' limits.
I help a mutant boy find others like him, and learn why some prayers are ungrantable...
|MY NAME IS WAYAN: by Wayan, 1986/5/23, a dream of names and manes.
A conversation with a telepathic unicorn-lion reveals that my true name is Wayan. And my species?...
|MY SINE-FRIEND: by Wayan; 1984/3/6, an emotional dream of time and rebirth.
An animal-girl I know lives like a sine-wave, first forward in time, then backwards, dying at every zero...
|NATALIUS' WELTS: by Natalius the Confessor, ca. 155 AD, a dream leaving physical traces.
Natalius dreamed that angels whipped him for joining a heretic cult, and woke to find welts on his back...
|NET PROFITS: by Wayan; 1998/7/14, a dream of family values and Web credit.
At a family picnic, my sisters and I fish for scholarships and grants. They put down my art, my website...
|A NIGHT ON MOUNT DIABLO: by Wayan, 1984/6/8, an allegorical four-phase dream.
I'm attacked by a narcissist firebird, a rabid rattler-manticore, a masochist bear, and a sexless succubus...
CAUTION: INEPT DEMONS
|NIGHT FLIGHT: by Catherine as told to Wayan; c. 1962, a recurrent childhood flying dream.
My friend Catherine dreamed she was a flying mare with golden hooves. But in real life, she lost them...
|THE NIGHTMARE EFFECT: by Emily Joy; 2006/12/14, an anti-nightmare.
My own fear creates a field of time/speed distortion; can I use it against my attackers?
|OCTOPIA: by Wayan; 1996/3/21, a spiritual dream-comic on play; ill. text version
I'm a stratospheric bat who finds a flying swastika. Is it creeping fascism?
Or a Hindu blessing? Neither! It's an Octopian frisbee. I return it...
|ON HER FOURTH BODY: by Wayan; 1993/11/25, a psychic dream-comedy.
A sexy gene-sculpted singer (an ex-cow on her 4th body) solves the riddle that's stumping Mr Spock...
|OTTERS DON'T FAKE: by Wayan; 1989/10/15, a sex dream that's not about sex at all.
I'm scared to show my dream-paintings to my art class. That night I find an large otter in my bed...
|THE OTTER'S MOM: by Wayan, 1996/5/29; a dream-comic of the future.
A doomed, orphaned ottercub meets the last Tasmanian Wolf, who makes a hard choice I couldn't. Or... did I?
CAUTION: BIRTH SCENE (MARSUPIAL/NON-GORY)
|THE PARABLE OF THE CAVE: by Wayan; 1993/9/18, an antisocial dream.
Plato never did say what shed the light that cast those shadows on his cave wall. I find out.
CAUTION: CUT-RATE APOCALYPSE
|PHARAOH HOOKS: by Wayan; 1989/7/31, a deadpan joke of a dream.
My sister and her friend the snake-woman tell me the facts of life: the golden hooks, the piglets...
CAUTION: UNRELIABLE GYNECOLOGY
|PICARDIAN ANGELS: by Wayan; 1993/1/7, a dream of time and wishes.
I walk on Martinique with Captain Picard of the starship Enterprise. He's here to see a dreamy boy...
|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?
|PLANET CAT: by Wayan; 1995/11/12, a First Contact dream of love.
I'm the first man on Planet Cat, falling in love with my guide. And then I'm the Cat, falling for an alien ape...
CAUTION: NUDE CAT
|PLESIOSAUR: by Wayan; 1985/9/5, a medical dream.
An itchy patient of mine insists he's turning into a four-headed man-eating plesiosaur. He left one thing out...
|PLUTO THAWS: by Wayan; 1973/1/19, a mythic dream set on Pluto.
A quarrel between psychic adepts heats up to a war, thawing Pluto.What'll the ice-tribes wish for?
|POKEY?: by Wayan; 1993/4/15, a dreamtale on my soul.
My lover's turned into a tiny living pull-toy, trapped ankle-deep in a wheeled platform. Can I free her?
|PREGNANCY FROM HELL: by Wayan; 1994/6/6, a predictive dream-farce.
I'm pregnant with the Antichrist. This is going to ruin my vacation! Why do I think this is all about money?
|PREGNANT WITH KRYTHA: by Wayan; 1998/2/3, a monomaniacal dream
My best friend and I are shapeshifters; I seduce him, just so my daughter Krytha can be born...
CAUTION: MAMMALIAN NUDITY, PHEROMONAL SEDUCTION, RECKLESS PREGNANCY
|PULLED UNDER: by Wayan; 1976/4/15, a nightmare.
One by one, we're pulled under the water, the earth... eaten. That's the fate of all flesh. And we're flesh.
|RACK: by Wayan; 2006/4/4; a comic business-bondage dream
My friend Chris gets tied up at the office--that's his job, looking martyred! But when the boss is away...
|RATTLER BANQUET: by Wayan; 1993/1/29, a pointed nightmare; it leaves punctures!
My parents invite me out to dinner, but there's a rattlesnake under the table,
and my mom chases it up my leg. I wake to find two holes in my knee...
|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...
|RAVEN AT 5 O'CLOCK: by Raven and Wayan; 1996/11/30. Shared but stupid psychic dreams.
My girlfriend Raven dreams I keep poking her awake,
while I dream that a giant raven gives me weird advice...
|THE RED SPHERE: by Madeline; 2006/12/13, twin (diagnostic? psychic?) nightmares
Calmly, I watch a girl trapped in a lab try to escape, and die; and watch a man lose his head to a hungry thing...
|REFLECTIONS IN THE POOL: by Wayan; 184K total, 2 panoramas; a 1994/7/2 dream.
Night. A mirror-maze of contradictory preachings. But in the secret mermaid pool, I find love.
Then... sphinx-angels war in the air! A war of riddles. Can I, a batwinged devil, make peace?
CAUTION: SEX, NUDITY, MEAN ANGELS, AND ONE HAPPY DEVIL
|A RENAISSANCE WOMAN: by Wayan; 1997/7/3, a dreamtale.
I'm an abused girl turning tricks to survive. But this is San Francisco: I join a prostitutes' co-op, and meet...
CAUTION: PROSTITUTES WITH SELF-RESPECT, OH NO!
|REQUIEM FOR GINGER: MAGNIFICAT: by Lily; 2008/1/31, a dream on facing loss.
I dream I'm telling a tall tale about a cat-funeral with hung-over mice pulling the hearse. But it turns a bit too real...
|THE RINGMAN'S SQUIRREL: by Wayan; 13K, 1982/9/17, a dream of a time after us.
One day, in the ruins of an American city whose name was lost, I met a Ringman under an oak...
CAUTION: GROSS WORK, IF YOU CAN GET IT
|RUBBISH: by Naguib Mahfouz; dreamed 2001? A dream of advice from the dead.
My dead friend lost patience with the local dump, so I beat the trash--and out came shining people...
|SAINT BRIDGET: by Jenny Badger Sultan; between 1963-68, a dream on adversity's uses.
In a Scythian church, a painting says:
"Little St Bridget was bound so hard that when they released her she flew"...
|SAMURAI LIBRARIAN: by Wayan; 1982/10/20, a dream that dreamwork is samurai discipline
I wrote my dreams each morning no matter what--even if I it made me late for work.
They assumed I was sloppy, lazy, spacy. No; disciplined about priorities!
|SELF-MADE GIRLS: by Wayan; 2000/2/15, a public dream.
Two souls coalesce from bars of light into human beings by the power of words. Words like stupid, ugly...
|THE SERMON OF CARMEN DOG: by Wayan; 1990/9/10, the ultimate public-speaking nightmare.
Animal poets at an open mic. My turn! And I find... I'm one. A creature without grammar...
|SEWING ADVICE FROM CANNIBALS: by Elias Howe, 1845, an inventor's helpful nightmare.
His sewing-machine design failed--until dream-cannibals caught him & jabbed him with weird needles...
|THE SHADOW OF LIBERTY: by Wayan; 1989/7/8, a comic nightmare, possibly telepathic.
My sisters get bored with the game of power, so I watch TV--
until it melts, and a terrifying giant rises to chases me...
|SHADOWS ADMIRABLE: by Wayan; 1993/9/28, a dream on dreams.
A dream-lecturer says Shadows aren't just what we hate or fear, but what we admire yet see as "not us"...
|THE SHAMAN INSPECTOR: by Wayan; 1996/7/31, a dream on core values.
My work as a federal shaman inspector involves judging a rainbow of traditions by a few basic principles:
|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...
|SHARK SENSE: by Wayan; 1988/12/9, a diagnostic dreamtale.
I'm a circus tiger, then a performing shark. One day, I block my human partner's high dive... Why?
|SHEEPISH: by Wayan; 1985/9/24, a clear but stupid psychic dream.
Floundering through the snows of 1917, I fall in love with actress
Linda Evans, who is a sheep teaching ballet. When I wake...
|SHOWERED WITH WISHES: by Zooop; 2007/3/12, a dream that enough is enough
I took my cellphone into the shower. I couldn't find the shampoo, and idly typed SHAMPOO in, and...
CAUTION: NOW YOU KNOW WHO STOLE YOUR ODD SOCKS
|SILKY CROSSES THE ATLANTIC: by Wayan; dreamed 1982/8/24, painted 1994 (acrylic/ink/xerox).
After I fled my batterer, I was afraid to love--afraid I'd give up my freedom again for mere kindness...
|SLEDDING NEAR C: by Albert Einstein; around 1890-95; a transcendent career-advice dream
Sledding at night, I approached the speed of light, and the stars turned colors I'd never seen...
|SOCRATES'S SWAN: by Socrates, 407 BC; an early prophetic dream.
The night before he met his greatest student, Plato, Socrates dreamed he nursed a baby swan who grew...
|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
|SPLINTER: by Wayan; 1981/3/14, a dream of love and nagging.
I love Splinter, but her mom insists I got BOTH of them pregnant. Then I notice I'm pregnant too...
CAUTION: SEX, NAGGING
|SPOON CHALLENGE: by Emily Joy; 2006/8/30, a mathemagical dreamlet.
I want to drink the elixir, but negative 20 spoons block me! Can I remove them? With warped teacup logic & reciprocals…
|SPORECOUNT: by Wayan; 1990/1/5, a dreamtale on patience through change.
I'm a hot archeology student till I open the wrong tomb. A plague
turns us into green moldy monsters--at first...
CAUTION: DISEASE, DEATH, GRIEF, SHAME
|A STAGE FRIGHT: by Wayan; 1993/11/17, a revealing automatic writing-trance
I froze in dance class when I followed anyone else's script. Was it fear? A dragon inside said no...
|STAY GROUNDED!: by Wayan; 1988/2/27, an unexpectedly grounded dream.
I'm playing poker with a dragon. But we barely dare move: we're both crackling with thousands of volts...
|THE STROKE: by Lesa; 2005/6/1, a predictive dream
A vivid nightmare that turned out a week later to be devastatingly true ...
|SUCK MY CONE!: by Wayan, 1995/1/11, a bluesy dream.
Nerds built the blues. Rick Moranis, famous blues-nerd, makes a groupie suck his ice cream cone...
CAUTION: MOCKS MUSIC, RACE, VANILLA ICE (CREAM)...
|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
|SWALLOWED!: by Wayan; 1990/7/30, a warning dream.
An ancient pictograph inspires me to try a meditative technique: shrinking and letting myself be eaten...
CAUTION: DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME
|SWAN: by Wayan; 1995/4/8, a transformation dream; 3-page dreamcomic (or as ill. text)
I wake amnesic in a cabin in Alaska, in a dress printed with self-putdowns.
I track down the wizard who cursed me. He turns me into a swan! Worse?
No! His first curse was on a human being, and now I'm a bird. My mind is free!...
|SWISS-CHEESE FAIRY: by Wayan; dreamed 1983/7/15, sculpted 2000: ceramic/wire/silk, 17"
I met an elfin girl who's tattooed realistic vaginas all over her body, as... decoys? For she has...
CAUTION: NUDITY, TATTOOS, TABOOS...
|TAHOE DRAGON: by Wayan; 1980/8/16. A dream of flight and fire.
A dragon killed a friend, and threatened worse. I had to fight.
We dueled mid-air, over Lake Tahoe...
|THE TAO OF DENNIS THE MENACE: by Wayan; 1986/4/17, a dream of a wise mentor.
Chased by purple squid from Jupiter, I seek refuge with a guru the Goddess recommends for me...
|THREE-YEAR PREGNANCY: by Ithmonike of Pellene, ca. 320 BC? Two dreams of an odd god.
I was barren. I asked Asklepios, God of Healing, to make me pregnant. Soon I was--for 3 years, until...
|THE TIGER'S THROAT: by Wayan; 1994/4/12, a psychic dreamtale.
I'm walking down a tiger's throat, but it's not what you think. Diagnosis!
My friend suddenly couldn't roar. She's here too, exploring her own trachea....
|TIME IS A CROC: by Wayan; 80K total, 1993/3/29, a dream on time.
Golfing in the basement with Giselle! But her ball goes through a Stargate
to land on a world where the water hazards are hazards...
|THE TORTURER: by Wayan; 1997/7/13, a predictive nightmare
A free-lance torturer chooses me for his victim. He has the right. I bluster, but when I fall asleep at last...
CAUTION: NO PAIN, BUT GORE
|TRINITY: by Nashoba Hostina; 2002? A nightmare of losing best friends to romantic love
We were inseparable: the tiger, the fox, and the wolf.
Together our magic lit up the darkness around us, until...
|TWAIN'S BROTHER: by Mark Twain, early May 1858, a premonitory nightmare.
My brother Henry lay in a metal casket. He wore a suit of mine. On his breast were white roses, with
one red at the centre. A few days later, the boilers of the riverboat Henry worked on exploded...
|THE 1200-STEP PROGRAM: by Wayan; 1987/12/17, an illustrated dreamtale.
I'm climbing a tower, as my dad, Apollo, drunk, throws bottles at me from the top, breaking bones...
CAUTION: DENIAL ABOUT ALCOHOLISM
|TWO BISHOP APPLICANTS: by Wayan; 1984/11/21, a surreal but mercilessly logical dream.
My mind and my soul both apply for a job in Stanford Cathedral. Their rivalry grows to a shamanic duel...
|AN UNDERCOVER TROLL: by Wayan; 1994/7/6, a dream of personal growth taken too far...
Disguised as a literary troll, I spy on the Neo-Nazis, but my disguise
can't last much longer: I ate a magical herb, and I'm growing...
|UNDO THE PARALYSIS: by Wayan; 1985/7/14, a dream on persistence.
In a future society, I'm deliberately, permanently paralyzed. Yet my home-grown cure slowly works...
|UNHAPPY CAMPERS: by Wayan; 1997/9/1, a stupid dream.
I dream we're on a miserable camping trip. So why, when I wake,
do I think it's a diagnosistic dream? It's that triple pun...
|VIRGINIA'S TRAIN: by Emily Joy; 2005/9/24, a psychic dream and poem
We lose control of our new time machine, which seems to have its own agenda...
CAUTION: CONTEMPLATION OF SUICIDE, CHRONOLOGICALLY IMPAIRED DREAMER
|WHAT'S IN THE BASKET?: by Ceridwens_Descent; 2007/8/4, a dream of embarrassing head loss
I cut off my own head! But I grew a new one. Only what to do with the old one? It's starting to rot...
|WHITE-KNUCKLE FAIRNESS: by Wayan; 1999/3/23, a dream of not being me.
I'm a conscientious saurian who feels obliged to duel with a hot-tempered friend.
Preparing, wanting to fight fair, I don't just file my spurs blunt, I...
|WILLPOWER (HAPPINESS): by Wayan; 1991/1/17, a didactic dream.
At age 90, the first female high-rise steelworker tells me
why she did it--and why she regrets it now...
|WINDFALLS IN EDEN: by Wayan, 2000/3/30, a religio-politic dream.
I'm a part-owner of Eden, harvesting windfalls.
But a renter says his Landlord promised him all the apples...
|WIRES: by Wayan; 1957-1963, a recurrent childhood nightmare resolved by drawing, Dec 1999
I was bodiless but trapped. All I could see were these moving wires. Whenever a knot drifted by...
CAUTION: MADNESS, TORMENT, TELEPATHY, SEXUAL REBELLION
|WITCH AT THE IRON CORE: by Wayan; 1998/10/16, an engineering-proposal dream.
A witch in the future invents a new way to terraform small dense moons--and it'd work!...
|WITH WILD AND TURQUOISE EYES: by Joan-lee Woehler; c.1950, a dream of a Jungian Shadow
I slay the beautiful dragon attacking us, despite my regret.
And then, as I sleep, glowing eyes advance on our keep AGAIN...
|WITNESS: by Patagia, 2006/2/16, a poem of a redemptive nightmare
A woman I had wronged set her pit bull on me! Hand in its jaws, I gave in, and we both began crying...
|WORKIN' FOR PEANUTS: by Wayan; 1990/12/11, a crude but perceptive dream.
I'm an elephant working in a diner. In the bathroom, I inadvertently summon the Genie of the Urinal...
CAUTION: PISSED PACHYDERM
|YUPPIE BREAKUP: by Wayan; 1991/5/22, a dream on values--or the lack thereof.
A yuppie idealist discovers her boyfriend's a cheerful opportunist, and they disentangle their lives...
CAUTION: SEX IN REVERSE
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