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Flowers and gardens

Dream flowers. Flowers are odd things--they're sexual organs, after all, fulfilling a vital function, yet they do it using two qualities we think of as sophisticated, refined, exclusively human: beauty and co-operation. Do we really think animals don't enjoy those shapes and colors? Yes, they associate them with food, or sex, or both... but so do we. Beauty says something: come here, you're welcome, here is pleasure, here is life. And the cooperative nature of flowers may explain why we associate them with love and peace: they're a reminder that the natural world isn't all tooth and claw. That there's another way.

Beyond sex, beauty, and cooperation, my dreams sometimes use flowers as a symbol for a fourth thing that has no common name: epiphany, maybe? Oasis? Climax ecology? I mean those times, and places, in a complex universe inevitably containing vast stretches of filler, when something extraordinary blooms. A galaxy, in a matrix of dark matter. An oasis, whether in a desert of sand, or ice, or pavement, or depression. A meeting you know will bloom into love. A moment when an ancient deadlock comes loose, when change can happen. The opposite of a catastrophe (those moments, like comet-strikes or a predator's pounce, when an intricate pattern dies). Both epiphanies and catastrophes are inherent, in any system complex enough to live in--like a universe. Extinction... and flowering.

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ALLORGY: by Wayan; 1983/4/1, an allergic love poem.
In spring the young allergic longs for the lusty world but cannot join the All-Orgy...
THE BIBLE REDUCED TO FLOWERS: by Wayan; 1994/9/8, a dream of the future.
In the future, books morph as they crawl round the web, till just the popular bits are left...
CAUTION: YOU TOO COULD BE CENSORED
CELEBRATE BOTH: by Henry Sultan, 2005/6/26, a painting that blends two dreams
At a snake-weaving party I flirt with my anima, who tells me how the cake fell off the roof. I think At last were really connecting!...
THE CHANGED RIVER: by E.M. Martin; 1914/11/25, the quietest apocalyptic dream on record
Humanity improves a river to death, so the river just disappears. Ominous since its the river of nature, time and God...
THE CHAPARRAL OF TIME: by Wayan; 2008/10/21, a timetravel dream-poem: Dreamverse #36
I snorkel over the time-reefs to an era of talking animals--but why do I crash on the head of rocker Suzi Quatro?
CHASM by Nancy Price; 1948, a telepathic nightmare.
The scenery's so lovely my mother's lured over a cliff! As I wake in my flat, someone dies of a fall out a nearby window...
"CLIT!": by "D'Jeanna"; 2009/9/11, a breakthrough dream after coming out
The day after my mom outed me to my dad, I dream a great storm has passed through and everything's just glowing...
DOOR OF ETERNITY: by Marie-Claude Girondé, early 2000s, a painting on the multilayeredness of dreamwork.
"If you put an ear to the door of books and the doors of the night, if you pay attention, you can hear the conversation of poets..."
ELF CIRCLE; 2011/3/19 by Wayan; a complex advisory dream.
After trespassing in a staff-only part of Faerie, I'm cast out. Only I'm cast like a seed, meant to grow a new elf circle...
FIVE HEARTS: by Wayan; dreamed 1989/1/11; sexy psychic unicorn dream-comic (text only: FIVE HEARTS)
I'm a nurse pulled through a glowing well to a world ruled by a five-hearted unicorn, who wants me to...
CAUTION: NUDITY, SEX FANTASIES, LONGING, MELANCHOLIA
GALAXY FLOWER: by Wayan; 1993. digital painting of a (nondream) vision.
My take on what Georgia O'Keeffe claimed she was up to with those giant flowers...
GIRL IN THE WATER: by Wayan, 2000/10/7, twin dreams on... dreamwork?
In a California where the Gold Rush never happened, a girl rides a wild deer over the San Fernando hills to a secret dream-pool...
Then, in a Japantown hotel lobby, that girl floats in a giant aquarium, meditating serene, as local gossips whisper lies about her...
I HELD THE SUN ROSE: by Wayan; 640 x 440, 1989, reworked 1994. Digital picture.
After I drew this I dreamed I was chasing stars with a long-tailed friend, and in the end we caught the Sun...
CAUTION: MILD NUDITY
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...
IRISES: by Frederic Mistral; 1834, a four-year-old's ecstatic dream
That day Frederic, craving irises, fell in the water three times. At night he swam through a warm-water iris paradise...
LILY OXYGEN: by Wayan; dreamed 1984/1/19, drawn 2000; a strong psychic dream.
I'm Emily Dickinson reborn in 2100 as a breeder of hydroponic lilies, till my dad drafts me as an Arctic energy-prospector, where I meet a ghost, a fiery Beast, a new me, and the girl of my dreams...
CAUTION: QUEER-POSITIVE, NUDE PROSPECTORS, GNOMIC DICKINSON QUOTES
LITTLE NEMO: by Wayan; 2005/2/6; a little rant on the first dream-comic.
Windsor McCay's dream-comic "Little Nemo" is spectacular, but plotless and passive. Or is it? Dreamwork is gradual...
MAMMAL FLOWERS: by Wayan; 1991. Digital painting on recurring dream situation.
Since I dream I'm an animal a lot (or I'm an animal that wakes to find it's human a lot) hands fascinate me...
MANATEE: by Wayan; 1989/5/12-1992; digital nondream painting.
Beauty's link to status and privilege bothers me. The pretty get perks (or parks), while we uglies...
CAUTION: BREASTS, BEASTS, AND A BLOOD FLOWER
MELTDOWN VALLEY: by Wayan; 1993/2/13, a dream of scrupulous balance.
A park in San Francisco has melted into a bizarre mutation-zone. Its guardian is a lonely elf-woman...
CAUTION: ELF NUDITY
MOM POPS: by Wayan; dreamed 1983/8/5, a dream of what happens when you defy your inner pessimist
The flood sickens my fuchsia bush. My mom says my fuchsia is hopeless, but I make up a treatment. When it works, well... read the title.
CAUTION: PUNS, EXPLODING MOM
MOON BLOOMS: by Wayan; 1997/7/22, a dream on traces of love.
Everyone has a personal moon. At first, mine disappointed me, till a bard dumped his trash on it, and...
ODE TO PSYCHE: by John Keats; 1819, a poem based on a dream-encounter
Keats met two winged lovers nesting in the woods: Eros and Psyche, the last Olympians, worshipless...
PIRANDELLO'S BAT: by "Anonymous #22"; before 1963, an absurd predictive dream
I dreamed of a garden in Italy. Arches, roses. Then a bat flew in! The next day, I open a book of Pirandello's plays, to find...
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...
READABLE DREAMS: by Wayan; 1989-92; a 3-year inner debate on how to present dreams as art
How do we make dream narratives readable, when most readers are raised to think they're nonsense?
RECOIL: by Wayan; 1995. Digital portrait of dream figures.
Puzzled me why I (the girl on the left) was so outraged about the gift of a perfectly nice levitating flower...
CAUTION: NUDITY, INGRATITUDE, WITCHCRAFT, ELVIS
SEX FLOWER: by Wayan; 480 x 640, 1996, unfired clay sculpture painted with acrylic, 9" tall.
Robe or petals? Head or lilybud? Face or tongue or clit or slit? An eerie hybrid of person and flower...
CAUTION: SOMETHIN' HAPPENIN' HERE, BUT WHAT IT IS AIN'T EXACTLY CLEAR
TRIBUTE TO JOAN MIRO: by Wayan; 1984/2000. Erasable crayon, 14 x 17", nondream
Nearly abstract but not quite. The snake, the quill pen, the secretary bird, and the rose.
UNICORN SURGERY: by Wayan; 1996/5/2, a warning dream.
After trimming a poem to Silky, my night mare, I dream well-meaning surgeons try to dehorn a unicorn...
WINTER DREAMS: by Jenny Badger Sultan; winter of late 2004/early 2005, a painted series of color-dreams.
After teaching a class on color, I had a set of vivid dreams about color, and tried fusing them into one painting...


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