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|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
|LA BELLE DAME SANS MERCI: by John Keats, April 1819, a sexy nightmare poem
A knight falls in love with a fey woman, until her previous victims warn him in a nightmare that she is...
CAUTION: GOTH TO THE MAX
|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. Later she reluctantly told me what she'd dreamed...
CAUTION: DATE RAPE
|BIRDMAN TEACHES "NO!": by Miriel as told to Wayan; 1985/7/11, a poem on flight/assertion training
In the canyon behind our home, a steel-clawed birdman taught my brother and me to fly. His method was weird: he told us to shout "NO!"...
|BLACK PUPPETEER: by Anonymous #2; 1930s, an eerie dreamlet.
My friend F. was with a child in a garden, but every move the child made was controlled by a weird figure behind her...
|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
|BONOBOCARE, or, THE CHILDREN'S CRUSADE: by Wayan, 2015/8/8, a poem illustrating a dream's "Modest Proposal"
I dreamed that tax-funded child prostitution will end war--free sex will calm men down from mean chimps to nice bonobos. A bit hard on street kids, of course...
CAUTION: SEXPLOITATION, NUDITY, SATIRE HARSH AS JONATHAN SWIFT. BUT ALSO HAPPY UNICORNS!
|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
|THE CAT: by David B.; 1991/9/24, an eerie sculpture come alive
I'm being stalked in the woods outside a modern art museum. My stalker's a huge skeletal cat--Giacometti's cat...
|CLOSE THE GATE: by Emily Joy; 2004/11/19, a dream of decision.
My foxy lover teases and tempts, but I can't let him into the patio for fear he'll hurt the rabbits…
CAUTION: UNFUNNY BUNNY PUNS
|COMING TO THE JUMPING OFF PLACE: by Jenny Badger Sultan, 92/5/1, painting of an escape dream
Trapped on an island, spied on and controlled, we decide to jump off a cliff and die; but as we jump, a spirit sneaks us off be reborn...
|CREEPINESS: by Scottopic; 2001/11/30. A hypnogogic nightmare.
I'm in bed sleepily petting my cat, when I see my cat across the room! What's on my legs? It's big. My cat chases it off... through the wall? My room is sealed. Where did it come from, where did it go?...
|CRIMECON 90: by Wayan; 1990/3/27, a dream about capitalism.
I tended my spirit, not my career. So now I have to guard a crimeboss at a theft convention...
CAUTION: INEVITABLE CHEKHOVIAN SHOOTOUT
|CROC BOY: by Wayan; 2008/8/17, a dream-poem, Dreamverse #7.
I visit a witch-smeller, who judges apprentice shamans. But when a boy dreams he's a crocodile, watch out!
|DICK, HOW WONDERFUL: by Dick and his mother; during the Korean War (1951-54), shared telepathic hallucinations
As a man on shore patrol in Manila is attacked, he and his mother simultaneously see and hear each other...
|DIPSOMANIA: by Dick in L.A.; before 1961, a suicide-preventing ghost/voice
I couldn't find Mrs. B and feared she was suicidal. Quite clearly and at once I heard my late mother say "She's in that hotel over there"...
|THE DREAM TO LAST YEARS: by Elizabeth Church; 2004? to March 2008; recurring encounters with a protector--in and out of dreams!
For about five years now I have been dreaming of this guy. Different dreams, same guy...
|DRESSER GUARDIAN: DRAGON: by Wayan; 1999. Dream-figure portrait, acrylic, 6x5"
A guardian figure who recurs in my dreams, painted on my dresser to guard my sleep-journeys...
|DRESSER GUARDIAN: MER-ANGEL: by Wayan; 1999. Dream-figure portrait, acrylic, 5x5"
A guardian figure who recurs in my dreams, painted on my dresser to guard my sleep-journeys...
|THE ELEVEN CENT ORACLE: by Wayan; 1998/11/12, a dream about collecting... change.|
I'm a migratory girl who's lost my tribe. I find eleven coins, cross the world, and pay the Oracle...
|THE FACTORY: by Sunshine; 2015/9/25, a metaphorical dream
Elegant and ancient, the tower rose into the clouds, but inside was smoke and darkness. Blank-faced workers roasted meat on a huge range...
|FOX-MOTHER: by Wayan; 2008/8/12, a dream poem; Dreamverse #2.
The goddess of the Cult of Clutter catches a little thief, and tastes her to see if she’s worthy...
|FOX ON THE TRAIN: by Wayan; 2015/1/9, an advisory dream-poem plus digital painting
I'm a guard on a train crossing the desert who falls in love with a refugee fox-girl, despite specist peer-pressure and the Railway Code...
CAUTION: NUDE FOX
|GISLI THE OUTLAW: by Gisli the Outlaw of Iceland; 966-973, a series of at least ten life-saving dreams.
Gisli had two spirit-wives who told him in dreams how to evade the bounty-hunters after him... for 13 years!
|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...
|THE GUARDIAN ANGEL COURSE: by Wayan; 1984/9/29, a long-term predictive dream
I get bored with crime, so I take a course in finding my Guardian Angel. But my test results are strange...
CAUTION: WEIRD ANGELS
|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...
|GUARDIAN GHOST: by an Oklahoma girl; 1919, a dream (?) of ghostly advice
I dreamed my late stepdad warned me to stand by my mother--she'd be in trouble and people would gossip and blame her...
|HELP, NOT CURE: by Wayan; 1996/12/26, a dream on autism.
Gay angels try to help an autistic woman. Change her past? Only if they pass the Ass-Backward Guardians!
|HOMEBOUND: by Sunshine; 2015/3/21, a dream posing an ethical dilemma
Elves are ensorceling people to nurture trees--doors back to Faerie. But are they spies or just lost? Should we fight or let them go?
CAUTION: GUNFIGHT, MIND CONTROL
|I'M A VESTA, NOT A MAN!: by Wayan; 1980/1/6, a dream of when it's over.
I'm the animal guardian of a deep crater, but when a human girl rejects me, I set out to leave...
CAUTION: ORAL SEX, UNREQUITED LOVE, SPECISM
|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
|JOIN THE WOLVES LATER!: by Wayan; 1980/9/4, a dream of false but useful fear.
Shepherding a group of cityfolks through an alien wilderness, I need a werewolf's help. So why do I lie?
|JOYOUS RIDE: by Janis Amatuzio, c. 1953; an ecstatic childhood dream of flight with a guardian angel
I was about three. A big, luminous figure said he was my guardian and would be with me always. He took me on a horseback ride through the sky...
|THE KEY TO OUR INHERITANCE: by Wayan; 2010/9/12; a nightmare whose victims organize
The dead treasure-hunter's will tells his heirs to meet in the wood. Chased by a knight in armor, we near-strangers unite...
|KIBBLE FROM HEAVEN: by Wayan; 1986/10/13, a dream on love and money.
I'm a dog princess, on a world where kibble falls from heaven. When I meet our species' guardian angels...
CAUTION: DOG NUDITY, LAWYERS
|A KNIFE AT HIS THROAT: by Wayan; 1991/1/1; a political dream-cartoon-fable
A courtroom hostage-drama where I'm forced to commit... tracheotomy! And then the Gulf War begins...
CAUTION: CARTOON VIOLENCE
|LES LICORNES: by Marie-Claude Girondé, fall 2007, a dream painting.
Three unicorns gallop out of the waves...
|LOLA: by Wayan; 1995/4/22, a wild dream: psychic, shamanic and... economic?
How the hell do I summarize this? Lola, a werefox I'm hot for, becomes my feudal Japanese brother, and her fox-shape reappears as the truck-driving maid for a Han Dynasty lady. We counter the interdimensional energy vampires by importing ghost unicorns on sailing ships, who have an orgy...
Two weeks later it all comes true. Literally? No. But closer than you think....
|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...
|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
|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...
|MOM ON THE WING: by a tail gunner; 1942-45, a lifesaving warning dream
I saw my mother standing on the tip of one wing of our plane. She was dressed in white flowing robes and calling my name, warning me of danger...
|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...
|THE NEW DALAI LAMA: by Wayan; 2011/9/9; a prescriptive dream that turns out to be predictive too.
I dream the new Dalai Lama's a kind woman who gives me startling health advice and shows me how to fly. The next day...
|NINA'S RING: by Nina's clown, 1955/4/20, a lifesaving intuition
While rehearsing our circus act I mentally saw Nina's ladder breaking loose. Next day, a supporting ring snapped. Being forewarned, I pulled hard...
|ON DRAGONS: by Roswila; July 1986, three poems of dragon dreams
The first two dragons numb my pain. I demand it back, and soon regret my haste. But the third dragon I seduce, for I'm a dragon now...
|PASS THE VIAL ON: by Wayan; 2000/4/18, a dream of renunciation
A vagabond king showed me the way into Faerie, and it made my fortune. But now it's time to pass the gift on...
|PASTLIFE MIDDEN: by Wayan; 1998/12/28, a past-life dream.
I bike deep into Time Hall, barging through security gates of amnesia, to climb the midden of the past...
|PAT'S WARNING: by Pat, Allen and Gerry; 1947, a ghostlike warning from a living person--or her unconscious?
In Occupied Germany, Pat flags down two friends just before a truck crash. Only Pat was in England at the time. She sensed they were in danger, but...
|PETE: by Norman, a soldier on Guam; 1944, either a ghost or hallucination with a lifesaving warning.
Pete warned me not to take the shortcut. Only after I'd turned the truck around did I realize Pete had died weeks ago...
|PLANET-SCULPTING APE: by "AE" (George Russell); mid-1870s, a childhood characterological dream.
On a cloud in space I met an ape molding a model of the Earth, glancing at the original far below us. We were much alike...
|POTLATCH SMOKE: by Wayan; 1988/5/10, a dream of shamanic responsibility.
Refugees flood the spirit worlds! War looms. Wolf, Silky, Dr Who, even the Bug-Goddess of Love are alarmed. I'm just a blonde ditz, but I help inspect realities till we trace the source: a Tlingit potlatch? Why?
|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...
|THE PROBLEM OF PAIN: by Wayan; 1984/5/15, a devious dream.
We sail to the Isle of the Blest, but God exiles me to Fargo, North Dakota. But God's up to something subtle...
|REGEANA’S DRAGON: by Regeana; 1996/3/9, a dream of generosity
The jewels in the hoard had strange powers, but the advice of the dragon guarding them was even stranger...
|THE SHADOW OF LIBERTY: by Wayan; 1989/7/8, a possibly telepathic nightmare-comedy.
My sisters get bored with the game of power, so I watch TV--till it melts, and a terrifying giant rises to chases me...
|MY SISTER'S GRAVITY WELL: by Wayan; 1995/4/25, a dreamtale.
We play with worlds for balls, and gravity wells for goals. How do the worlds see it? Well... I find out.
|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.
|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...
|THE SPHINX APPROVES: by Wayan; 1991/5/2, a dreamtale on growth.
A great war shrinks to wrestling, then hopping from page to page! Once they were worlds to me, but now...
|SPHINX'S WOOD: by Wayan; 1981/11/19, a dream of puns, riddles and advice
After my dad lets me down I dream black may be white, and white, black--if you're a Sphinx...
|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
|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...
|HER STINGY DAD: by Wayan; 1998/7/29, a dreamtale on ambitions.
A single dad loves his daughter, but is so pathologically cheap he's teaching her an unintended lesson...
CAUTION: CHILD NEGLECT
|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...
|THE STYGIAN SENTINELS: by SAO (Shawn Allen O'Neal); 1970s, a recurring astral dream.
The couple guarding the bridge over the River Styx, the Crocodile King and the Geisha Queen, rarely seemed to agree...
|SUPPORT TEAM: by Wayan; 2005/6/6, a dream-comic on what creative leaps need
I'm a married couple--the cook and laundress for an English observatory in 1948. Why are we testifying to a Labor Party committee that we WANT to be servants? Well...
|SWIMMING IN VAN GOGH'S OCEAN: by 'Amandaclay'; c. 2011/12/9, a dream of love and beauty
On a cruise to Catalina Island, I find friends, a boyfriend and a magical sea of color...
|TAOIST DEBUT: by Wayan; 2012/9/16, a dreamlet on book-learning vs. living experience
I'm at the court of Jenghiz Khan, as rival priests try and fail to convert the Mongols. Then a Taoist demigod walks up...
|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: 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: THE MAGE: by Wayan; Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1979.
Jung said most people let one aspect of life dominate them. The Mage balances them...
|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: DREAMTIGER! (Strength): by Wayan; 42K. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1979.
Find your strength in dreams: facing (and befriending) what you've feared, or fought...
|TAROT: THE UNICORN WELL (the Ace of Cups): by Wayan; 1991. Digital, based on Tarot card, 3x5".
The Well of Emotion, guarded by the Black Unicorn, the shadow of all the feelings you deny...
|TELEPATH TREES: by Wayan; 125K, 1993/9/11, a how-the-other-half-lives dream.
Edward Abbey shows me a secret grove of telepath trees. That night, they meet me in my dreams...
|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...
|THEY FEED THEY LION: by Philip Levine; late 1960s; a dream-poem
A phrase spoken by a workmate triggers two dreams, the parents of this poem; it emerged a few days later as you see it...
CAUTION: POLITICAL RAGE, SURREALISM
|THREE DREAMS: by Robley Wilson; July 4, 1975?; a dream-poem
Dead fish in a poisoned stream, dead kittens in a pit... and advice from the woman who revives them with a touch.
|TIME IS A CROC: by Wayan; 80K total, 1993/3/29, a dream on time.
Golfing in the basement! But the ball lands in another world, where the water hazards are hazards...
|TIMEDOORS OF THE GODS: by Wayan; 1998/2/17, a mysterious initiatory dream.
I'm mortal but I'm offered a residency in the Commune of the Gods along with Xena the Amazon Warrior and... Little Red Riding Hood?
|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...
|THE TOMBSTONE TEST: by Wayan; 1986/8/18, a deceptive dream.
I walk in a vast graveyard full of history's most famous people. But it's all fake, built to test your...
|TOUGH GLOVE: by Wayan; 1999/12/4, a dreamtale.
I finally find a way to safely indulge in heavy petting (as well as puns) with the cat...
|TRAVEL: by "SchlofM"; 2008/2/10, a dream about protection
I'm on a wild trip to who knows where, with my young-again mom and my dead dad... and who's that other guy?
|TRUMP ON THE RUN: by Wayan; 1990/3/8, an illustrated dreamtale.
The manhunt is on for Donald Trump, rich sociopath. But he too is pursuing something: happiness...
|TUBA BEANS: by Wayan; 1996/3/24, a Star Trek dream.
Changelings invade our space station, testing one kid's split loyalties. But it's the beans that intrigue me...
|MY TUTELARY UNCLE: by Wayan; 1993/5/28, a shamanic dream.
I'm half Anglo, half Kwakiutl. My uncle the shaman died, but he still wants to teach me his medicine...
|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: I ate a magic herb, and I'm growing...
|A VALLEY NEAR HOPE: by Wayan; 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 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
|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:
|WELL-MEANING GRASS: by Wayan; 1982/5/17, a diagnostic Trek dream.
On a world of designer genes, the Prime Minister tries to kill the Bug Princess by deluding an innocent lawn...
|WELLS'S QUEST: by Wayan; 1992/7/14, a benevolent dream.
I'm on a world inhabited by hobbits when H.G. Wells shows up, looking for a Ring of Power...
|WHAT YOU IMAGINE HAPPENS: by Wayan; 1982/2/21; a dreampoem personifying quarks. Or spooks.
I'm stuck on a runaway bus. So we decided to picture the axle falling off, and it obeys. But the bus zooms on, carried by a horde of little animals...
CAUTION: SCIENTIFIC SKEPTICS WILL LOATHE THE AFTERWORD (true story, though)
|WHY COWGIRLS LOVE BROCCOLI: by Wayan; 1987/8/19, a surreal dream of love.
I'm a cowgirl in Nevada circa 1900. Below Haunted Mansion, I meet a green lizard-lady in distress...
|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
|WYVERN: by Wayan; 1997, 22" ceramic sculpture; recurring dream figure.
I dreamed of a dragon-woman on a reef. She was my guardian, but she let me drown! She had her reasons...
CAUTION: SCALY NUDITY
|YOU'RE THE EAGLE: by Wayan; 2000/2/8, a dream fable.
A hermit spends his life wrestling with shadows. His only disciple becomes famous. Who was happier?
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