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Dreams about clear focus versus blurriness, and about optics and light effects, like spectra, depth of field, lenses and prisms. But many such dream-images are really about psychological focus and attention: successfully separating figure from field, relevant from irrelevant, heart's desire from distraction...

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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...
THE AIRPORT AUTOMATIC PHOTOGRAPHY BOOTH: by Julie Doucet; 1997/11/19, a comic of a warning dream
At the airport, a new automatic photo booth shoots your memories! Julie can't resist... and emerges, excited, to find that...
AMERICAN TANKA: by Wayan; 290K, eight images, 1995; acrylic on 30" disk, telling a 1989/7/26 dream.
I dreamed I circumnavigated the entire Buddhist wheel of existence in a single night...
BEAGLE'S SONG: by Wayan; 1994/1/18, essay on Peter Beagle's work.
Beagle's fantasies, from The Last Unicorn to The Innkeeper's Song, closely resemble my dreams. The ways we differ say more about our spiritual orientation than about our art...
BEET: 5 Dreams One Night: by Wayan; 2013/10/30, Halloween dreams as poems
Parasites, Rambo, giant beets (or fetuses?), an exhibitionist and a living statue advise me on my love life...
CAUTION: NUDITY
BIKE FROM A BOMB: by Wayan; 1981/3/14, a bikemare.
Idiotically, I bet I can escape an atomic bomb on my bike. Maybe if I ignore stoplights...
CAUTION: IRRESPONSIBLE WEAPONS USE
BLUE CRYSTALS: by Wayan; 1979/5/20 dream offering guidance.
Throw a dream-crystal, or dangle it by a thread, and it'll point the way to go...
CAUTION: NUDITY
BRADBURY'S PLANET, AND MINE: by Wayan; 1994/1/12, a book review? Or a life review?
Bradbury's Mars was based on his life in Venice, California. What worlds grow out of my San Francisco?
BRANDY'S CURSE: by Wayan; 1996/10/23, a bizarre dream.
After I saw the film "Surviving Picasso", I dream a friend asks me to remove a strange curse...
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
BUT I WANT TO LIVE!: by Wayan; 1995/8/5, a life-altering dream.
My job's to clarify people's deepest wishes. But when I meet two women who truly want to die...
CAUTION: SUICIDAL IMPULSES
BUTTERFLY HABITAT: by Wayan; 2000/3/3, a dream about amnesia.
'You always hurt the one you love', but this girl seems unaware she's proving it's true for ecology too...
CAMPION'S WARNING: by Wayan; 1994/6/12, a warning dream.
On the beach, seated at The Piano, director Jane Campion warns "Avoid Hollywood, they'll snip away at your vision..."
CAMERA STRIKE: by Wayan, 1996/10/19, a dream within a dream with a point.
I'm a lemur-girl in an emotional maze. But I wake to find I'm really a satyr cartoonist. Yet we have much in common...
CAUTION: PHALLIC SATYRE
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 put in this new security system...
CLASS HAMSTER: by Wayan; 2008/11/13, an educational nightmare
I tour a middle school paralyzed by delinquents, and learn this is normal now...
COYOTE PAJAMAS: by Wayan; 1983/12/17, a Dantesque dream-epic.
I'm Coyote, keeping the Business Prophet from taking over Dante's Peak. But it turns too personal...
CAUTION: IDIOTIC VIOLENCE
CURSES!: by Wayan; 1995/7/29, a rant on how we fear the power of wishes.
Studies confirm that prayer can heal. So can curses harm? Yet fearing curses leads back to witch-hunts...
CAUTION: DISTURBING IMPLICATIONS, IF TRUE
CURSING ISABELLA: by Wayan; 1992/8/19, a thoughtful dream of sorcery.
How I cursed Isabella the sofa sorceress, cursed her with a blueberry. And why that stinks...
CAUTION: UNDER THE MAGIC, IDEAS
CUTENESS PAGEANT: by Wayan; 2008/8/29, a dream-poem, Dreamverse #16.
I'm trapped in a cutesy cartoon universe! Worse, to judge a beauty contest, I have to see past our style to our souls...
CYCLONE REPAIR: by Anonymous #36; before 1961, a forgotten warning dream
Months before, I dreamed of that exact wall. In the dream I fell, was hurt and taken to the hospital in an ambulance. So I told my foreman I'd rather work on the ground today. But by 11, I forgot. I climbed the first-floor staging to nail in some blocks. As I crossed, a plank suddenly...
DESERT EYES: by Wayan; 1984/3/4, a dream of doors.
We desert-hobbits break through to a world of jungle giants. But will they believe us about the UFOs?
DON JUAN AND THE FLYERS: by 'Rasselon'; 2009/12/17, a shamanic dream about focus.
Little flying creatures hide in the shadows. But when I focus on them, they attack! Castaneda's teacher looks on amused...
DRAGON'S EYE VIEW: by Wayan; 1987/3/7, a dream through other eyes.
From Baffin Bay to suburbia, dragons are everywhere... if you look with a dragon's eye...
THE DREAMSUIT: by Wayan; 1992/7/12, a dream on unconscious programming.
An experimental helmet knocks me out. I'm groggy, miserable, till I learn what it did to others...
THE ENTANGLED MAN; 2012/5/5 by Wayan; a singular dream
On our expedition to the black hole, one researcher gets quantum-entangled with the singularity! He could become anything...
FASHION SHOOT: by Wayan; 114K, Oct-Dec 2000; nondream ceramic sculpture 10.5" long.
Inspired by a fashion outtake of model and director clowning. I fused the director and the camera, and...
CAUTION: MILD NUDITY
FIGURE AND FIELD: by Wayan; May 1990, a poem on the dark side of a human ability
We see patterns everywhere... but that also means we relegate nonpatterns to the background...
FIRST LADY: by Alder; 2008/7/2, a possibly psychic dream-within-a-dream.
I'm the First Lady. I have a dream that my husband's assassinated, and wake and try to warn him...
GET THEIR ATTENTION: by Wayan; 1999/4/24, a queer little dream.
My friend Linda and I are walking in the Castro, when a tourist girl jams her tongue in Linda's mouth...
CAUTION: SERIOUS TONGUE
GET YOUR BODY BACK: by Wayan; 1997/6/11, a dreamed parable.
A man dies--his body's chopped up. He ends in Hell. But he's a stubborn guy; he wants his body back. So...
A GOLDEN KEY IN A CHEAP LIGHT: by Wayan; 200K, 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 ST DECADENCE AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE
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...
GUARDIAN ANGELS FEUD: by Wayan; 1995/10/9, an epic, heretical dream.
You know angels feud over regional underfunding of Divine Grace. But you don't know how low they'll go...
HEBREW RADIO RITE: by Wayan; 1997/10/12, a cynical mystical dream.
An ancient rite has headgear that today picks up radio stations. What'd it pick up in ancient times?
HEIRESS AND MORTAL: by Wayan; 2011/2/16, a dark advisory dream
I'm a misfit--a mortal in an immortal world. Then I meet a girl with an unpredictable illness...
HORSE IN A TAILWIND: by Wayan; 1982; study of a dream character
It looks like a study of negative shapes, but if you happen to be a part-time horse, like me...
INK MOUNTAIN: by Wayan; 1992/8/5, a tutelary dreamtale.
A Himalayan peak boils with warring creatures, but a guru says "They're just your conflicts. Sit, watch..."
JULIE'S DATING AD: by Wayan; 1999/10/24, a singles dream.
Why'd Julie write a singles ad with insane, sky-high demands, when she just wants a nice relaxed guy?
KRELKIN CAMOUFLAGE: by Wayan; 1981/4/21, three versions of recurring dream image
A sexy dream-creature hides by splitting her body visually, her red mane and tail matching her background...
LACED WITH TERROR: by Wayan; 1999/5/3, an anti-nightmare.
Researchers show me weird little objects like shoelaces that drive people mad with fear...
A LIFE IN PERCENTAGES: by Wayan; 2013/5/19, a dream about dreams--and timesharing
A man I meet leads half a dozen consistent dreamlives--a life so splintered it's hard to be sure which is his waking one...
THE LITERAL EMPIRE: by Wayan; 1997/11/17, a dream on flexibility.
I join the alliance against humorless humanoids who are invading funny-animal planets...
LOVE OR HATE?: by Wayan; 1994/5/4, an untwisted dream.
My sister and I are groping toward sex when our mom bursts in. Her scolding's not what I expect...
CAUTION: INCEST ISSUES, PSYCHOLOGICAL COMPLEXITY
THE MAN WITH THE SNAKE: by Jenny Badger Sultan; 2002/9/3, dream of an aborted shamanic duel
I stood in the desert preparing for a contest with a man and his snake. But he cheated! Then my cat Lulu intervened...
MARY MCBRIDE AND THE SPIRITUAL EARTH MOVEMENT: by Jenny Badger Sultan; 2011/11/26, dream of a kindred artist
I met a woman whose art (and her love for the Earth) inspired me to start a series of paintings with creatures hidden in landscapes...
MATILDA, or, HITLER'S GIRLFRIEND MULTIPLIES: by Wayan; 1998/10/1, a dream of math and courage.
I'm Hitler's girlfriend. Not Eva Braun, just me--gentle, weak, thrown in among killers. What can I do?
THE MIRANDA OATH: by Wayan; 1998/2/24, a political dream-fable.
Strange oaths are proposed for the first geological expedition to the moon Miranda...
MODELING A ME: by Wayan, 1994/8/29, a mirroring dream
I find a 3D program that shows your true self, the self that can love, IS love. And my wireframe is...
MOVING IN THE LANDSCAPES OF MY DREAMS: by Jenny Badger Sultan; an epic canvas hiding over a dozen dreamscenes (mostly Jan-Mar 2011)
Inspired by a dream, I painted a big canvas landscape with movable (magnetic) dream figures and flaps revealing hidden dream scenes...
NORASINGH: by Wayan; 1987/1/15, a Tantric Frankenstein dream.
I fall in love with my sculpture of a mythical Southeast Asian creature. Then a mad yogi breaks in...
CAUTION: SEX, TANTRA, AND GENERAL WEIRDNESS
THE OBSERVER EFFECT, OR, WATCH THE WATCH: by Wayan; 1997/1/21, a dream of time and opticks.
After seeing an Einstein biography I find myself in the bathrooms of Thought-Experiment High, and...
CAUTION: DARK SIDE OF AN ICON
OLDER AND YOUNGER: by 'Rasselon'; 2009/11/17, a dream of erotic deviousness
The older sorceress I'm in bed with plans to marry me off to a younger woman, but I distract her with my tongue...
CAUTION: BEDROOM HUMOR
ON MOLLY'S FOREHEAD: by Wayan, 1988/11/19, a spiritual sex dream.
A child of radicals goes wild in Rio. When we bail her out, we find she's had a strange enlightenment...
CAUTION: UNSAFE SEX
THE PAINT KIDS: by Wayan; 1996/11/23, a possibly psychic dream.
Two child artists mail themselves to me in their paint kit, and start a painting orgy that gets messy...
CAUTION: PEDOPHILIA, OR MAYBE PEDOPHOBIA
PARANOID HABITS: by Wayan; 1994/10/4, a diagnostic dream.
I dream a hypnotist elicits a personality who says he obliges my paranoia by giving me weird luck...
PERSONAL CHAOS THEORY: by Wayan; 1994/12/4, a spiritual math dream.
My life is a mess, so I take a class on the four flavors of chaos, and find my Strange Attractors are shifting...
PESSIMIST HELIX: by Wayan; 1996/6/9, a wise time-travel dream.
I work the info desk in a futuristic library. But one question leads me into a DNA-helix, a tornado of doubt...
PIANOBED: by Wayan; 2012/1/22, a health-advisory dream.
I forgot how to play my pianobed, so I just thrash around in it. And thus thrash music is born (sorry)...
PITS OF POWER: by Wayan; 2005/11/16, a dream of rival miracles
One tribe builds earth-magic pits that can teleport you or grant wishes. But the other tribe's flow-state magic is harder to define...
CAUTION: SEX FANTASY GRANTED
POLES NOW, TROPICS LATER: by Wayan; 1997/3/27, a dream on the pace of change.
I'm a Martian revolutionary, making the glaciers grow. The equator's still dry, but change is coming...
POPEYE MUSCLES: by Wayan; 1986/7/14, a grotesque dreamtale.
My body turns protean: big Popeye muscles pop out as needed, relaxing into stick-figureness...
THE POWER OF SUGGESTION: by Wayan; 1995/10/11, a dream on shamanic tactics.
After studying assertion in dreams, I find I'm a shaman in an African village, troubled by a young rival...
WHY PROGRESS IS SLOW: by Wayan; 1991/1/26 and 2/16, a sociological dreamtale.
Time-hopping through centuries, I learn how slow deep social change is. How we cling to our worldviews!
PSYCHO-EGG: by Wayan; 1994/8/31, a diagnostic dreamtale.
I'm shown a crystal egg with a model of my mind in it. The mapping is unmistakable. How embarrassing!:
RAZI AND THE HOLY WINO OF SHASTA: by Wayan; 270K, 16 illus., 1994/9/1, a redemptive dream
20,000 years from now, a deer-harpist named Razi finds the Holy Wino's not quite the ruin he seems...
CAUTION: BAD PENGUINS, DEER NUDITY, RUDE DRUNK
REALITY LOOPS: by Wayan; 1996/12/26, a dream on the multiverse.
My dreams show me how one world can be a fiction within another that's a fiction within the first! Dreams and fictions aren't simulations but windows. So be nice to your dream-figures--it turns out you ARE one...
REVELATION: by Anna Kingsford; 1885/11/27, a prophetic, almost messianic, dream.
Dreams and other revelations shouldn't be dissected--they need to be reveiled, not revealed...
CAUTION: INTENSE MYSTICISM
THE RING'S ELBOW ROOM: by Wayan; 1997/8/17, a Tolkien dreamlet.
Widely held notions manifest easier. I could forge Sauron's Ring, and it'd really work! But do I want to?...
RINGSHADOWS: by Wayan; 1985/3/7, an otherworldly ecodream with subtle advice.
Earth has rainbow rings. They're braided like Saturn's, so their shadows create tinted microclimates...
SAMURAI BULLET: by Wayan; 1985 automatic drawing, 3x5", ink; tinted 2001.
I didn't know myself what this was about, till I had to write this note--and suddenly I got it...
SOCK PUPPETS OF THE GODS: by Dee and Wayan; 100K, 1994/4/14. Parallel shamanic dreams!.
A dance classmate asks a bizarre question that haunts me. That night I dream I'm suicidal--nearly kill myself. Then I'm shown the flow of human development--the same pattern, from souls to civilizations! Eddies and knots recur, but each time, the challenges get more spiritual. I wake up stunned. Then I learn what a shaman I know just dreamed--and now I'm unsure whose dream this is.
CAUTION: IDEAS
SOUL-WORK GOES ON: by Wayan; 1994/11/3, a journal extract on dreamwork.
As I reread decades of my dreams, I see Jung was right: even in times of chaos, soul-work goes calmly on...
SPACE NEEDLE: by Wayan; 85K total, 1995/8/24, an architecterotic dream.
I'm a kid again, gawking at the Space Needle. But a woman stands before it, who no one else can see:
CAUTION: NUDITY, A SEXUAL PERSPECTIVE
STARHAWK THE WITCH: by Wayan; 1983/8/19, an epic dream.
I'm forced to become Time Pilgrim, warning history of the dangers of community--indeed, of unity...
STOP OBAMA'S ASSASSINATION: by Wayan; 2012/2/10. A dream about politics? Or health?
Two child prodigies fail to stop the assassins stalking President Obama, but a geeky guy with a home-made laser...
SUMMON A MENTOR: by Wayan; 1997/10/6, a parabolic dream on wishes.
I turn shy with women I like. So I wish for a dating coach, who appears! Then I feel dumb: how come I...
SWIMMER IN BLUE: by Wayan; 1984/4/26 drawing of recurring dream image.
I have recurring dreams of figures broken up by hair the color of the background...
CAUTION: MILD NUDITY
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...
THE TAPED WOUND: by Wayan; 1997/10/7, a dream on old tapes...
My wound's taped up, but hurts bad. I peel off the bandage... nothing! Gone. So I check my other body...
TAROT: THE MAGE: by Wayan; Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1979.
Jung said most people let one aspect of life dominate them. The Mage balances them...
THEA'S HOUSE: by Wayan; 1987/3/23, a life-changing dream.
I dreamed the Earth Goddess invited me to live with her. She was lonely to be seen for who she was...
TIN FISH: by a ship engineer's wife; 1914-1918, a precise lifesaving dream
I dreamed my husband's ship headed for India, where a 'tin fish' sank it with exactly one casualty--him. I rushed down to the dock...
TITANIA: by Wayan; 1983/1/7 and subsequent nights; an epic dream of love
Clarence the sappy angel from IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE, and Milton's Lucifer, noblest Devil of them all, land on Earth, offering treaties. Who to sign with? Clarence thinks we're perfect, and the Devil's a tinkerer, learning from failures. Failures like me, and my girlfriend Titania, the first android with a full range of feelings. Too bad one is the feeling she's fake...
TORTILLA EARS: by Wayan; 1994/6/2, a short shamanic dream.
Why's Mexico City built where it is? And why is corn called "ears"? It turns out these questions are linked...
UNCERTAIN ONEIROMANCY: by Denise Levertov; 1993? a dream poem
I led a blind man through a vast art museum underground. But focused on guiding him, I too was blind to the beauty...
THE UNICORN MASK OF IGNORABILITY: by Wayan; 2009/10/13, a dream poem with sketch; Dreamverse #59
My family home's invaded by ancient Egyptian architects. So I put on my unicorn mask and eavesdrop on their plans...
A VALLEY NEAR HOPE: by Wayan; 155K, illustrated, 1984/10/17-19, an epic dream.
I'm lost in a valley where unicorns love cyborgs but fear giant ants, who adore unicorns but hate cyborgs, who think ants are cute, but dread unicorns! And while the Three Tribes love and hate, cave-monsters sculpt them all. I set up peace talks between these four vertices of my tetrahedral soul, but what if I get what I want? Peace, love... transformation? What if those aren't cute and New Age?
CAUTION: SWEARING, DRUNK LIONS, CYBORG SURGERY, AND GOGGLE-BARFING
THE VEGETABLES OF SHADOW: by Wayan; 1999/10/4. Nondream surrealist art technique.
Make silhouettes of your beloved vegetables; then listen to the spaces between...
CAUTION: LEWD SQUASH
VIEWPOINT: by Wayan; 1991/6/9, a dream on pastlife amnesia.
I ask to see my past lives, and dream of a viewpoint where I can--but this Mormon ranger...
WALTER'S DIVE: by Walter's father; before 1961, a predictive dream disastrously forgotten
I dreamt my son Walter drowned in the creek by a certain tree. I woke in tears, and resolved to warn him...
WASTE: by Wayan; 100K, 1990/5/15, a desert singles poem, 11 images.
A road trip through New Mexico mutates into a tour of my relationship disasters...
WAYAN’S STUDIO: by Wayan; art Sept.1999, text 2007; sketches of my workspace
These sketches bare my work process: I multitask without planning, in a flow state. I really do “follow my bliss”!
THE WHITE KRELKIN: by Wayan; 128K total, 3 illustrations, 1981/4/21, a visual dream.
I dream of a being who uses her mane and tail to hide in plain sight, by breaking her image into bits...
WONDERFUL SPECTACLES: by Anna Kingsford; 1877/1/31, a clairvoyant advisory dreamlet with a time-twist
A mystic postman delivers a letter on the world's best glasses and a reply in my own hand, telling how to find and clean them...
THE WOODRING LAYER: by Wayan; 2008/7/7. A dream questioning art's job.
I see great towers rising into a fog zone--or is it another universe, with different rules? How do you draw both worlds?
YEATS: by Wayan; 1990/1/1, a poem wrestling with Yeats's visions.
Our dilemma is, now that we have the power to get what we want... what exactly was it we wanted?


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