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ABOVE SOCIETY: by Jayci Ferrimani; c. 1998, painting of a flying dream with a point
I flew over a forest. I noted the trees were all the same, and told myself to remember this...
THE ANT REPRESENTATIVE: by Wayan; 1996/3/18, a romantic dream of bugs.
I fall in love with a diplomat from a hive mind. Am I luring her into dangerous individuality?
BANANA MOON: by Wayan; painting of dream figures, 1998, acrylic on wood, 36 x 48"
My figure-painting class here in San Francisco has a diverse student body, but not THIS diverse...
CAUTION: NUDITY
BAR BET: by Wayan; 1982/4/2, a dream-quest on not settling for less.
On a bar-bet, we seek God. We reach the Isles of the Blessed, but they're too complacent. We want the wild God, the real God, the Bad Taste God. Onward, pagan questers! Because we want to win our bet.
CAUTION: LAZY-ASS ANGELS
THE BAR PET: by Wayan; 1994/12/4, a disorienting dreamlet.
I meet a sex-kitten in the Underground Cartoonists' Bar, but her body language makes no sense to me...
CAUTION: UNDERAGE FLIRTATION... OR IS IT?
THE BELL CURVE: by Wayan; 1995/2/22, an essay on IQ
My take on IQ, racism, Murray and Herrnstein's notorious book, and the theory of multiple intelligence. As an (ex)child prodigy it's not theoretical for me: broken hearts, broken trust, broken ribs...
CAUTION: LONG WORDS, RAMPANT ELITISM, GENIUS SHOPTALK
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
BLACK MAGIC: by Wayan; 1986/11/10, a dream of love and rage; Chapter 8 of UNICORN TAG, though it can stand alone.
A packet of magic soup mix transports me to the secret wizards' lab in our attic. They're trouble enough, but they've called up a demon they can't handle: the furious Black Unicorn...
A BODICE RIPPER: by Carla Young, 2010/2/22; epic (and episodic) dream with 5 paintings
Awkward newlyweds. Not a love match! Can they learn to work together to save a woman from the Nazis?...
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
THE BURBS: by Wayan; 1990/7/1, a true-story poem.
A perfectionist gardener builds perfect planterboxes while his seedlings starve. And so I left the burbs...
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?
CITY OF BEES: by Wayan; 1994/8/2, a diagnostic dream-comic.
A bee-doctor in the city of Propolopolis diagnoses me as having a rare syndrome, Ambition Denied...
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
A COLONY IN THE HOLLOW HILLS: by Wayan; 1997/8/14, a dream of responsibility.
Hong Kong's not devolving to China, but to Faerie. As governor, I have to defend human rights, so...
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...
FACULTY WIFE: by Wayan; 1998/1/6, a sexy but disorienting dream.
I'm a faculty wife bored out of my mind until two students have sex in my yard. I ignore HIM and jump HER...
CAUTION: SEX
FREE THE HICK? A Dream Left Hanging: by Wayan; 1999/9/15, a frustrating dream.
Our team acquires unnoticeability, and sets out to free the Hick from the Submerged Court. But is that wise?
GO-GO GANG: by Wayan; 2013/8/26, a dream warning that abuse casts a long shadow.
The Go-Go Gang, fashionistas, sing "This town is OUR town" and kick a girl who wore their colors--giving me flashbacks to the kids who broke MY ribs...
CAUTION: JERKS
GRAMPA HAS SPOKEN: by Wayan; 1989/11/26, an oracular dream.
In a worldwide junkyard full of warring spooks, I finally meet the one whose message I need to hear...
HALF-ELF: by Wayan; 1996/2/14, a predictive dream fable.
A biracial girl doubts her own heritage; a human friend has to confirm the obvious. So what am I blind to?
HELL-BOUND TRAIN: by Franz Jaegerstetter, summer 1938; a political dream
I was ordered to join Hitler's army. I dreamt a booming voice proclaimed, "This train is going to Hell!" So I...
HELL CAFE: by Wayan; 2009/10/21, a dream poem w/sketch; Dreamverse #62
A Buddhist scroll shows me Hell Cafe, where diners become entrees. But I read the scroll backwards! You can escape Hell just by walking out, against the traffic flow...
CAUTION: CANNIBAL SOULS
HICKOPHOBIA: by Wayan; 1996/5/13; 2-page dream-comix (or plain text version)
Whenever I run out of ballet class to Japanese without asking my classmate Wendy out, I change sex...
CAUTION: LANGUAGE
IN WOMEN'S PRISON: by Wayan; 1994/7/23, a dream of faith.
A woman in prison loves her counselor, but she's a barely literate hooker--she knows he won't love her back...
THE INVESTOR DREAMS A WOLF: by Wayan; 1983/10/30, a dream poem.
My dream characters aged and tamed until they sit in a genteel Victorian flat. Then a wolf rappels in...
INVOKE THE ANIMAL POWERS (or was it PROVOKE?): by Wayan; 2008/9/9, a dream-poem, Dreamverse #24
A children's performance of "Where the Wild Things Are" turns into a riot-orgy. Why do I think it's all about politics?
CAUTION: WILD THING ORGY
IT'S A DEAD MAN'S PARTY: by Wayan; 1988/10/18, a nightmare of identity.
I find myself at a creepy party supporting a dead man who's running for office. And am I Dan Quayle?
CAUTION: HORROR BEYOND HORROR. YOU ARE DAN QUAYLE.
THE LADY BATHES IN GRIEF: by Wayan; 1983/5/31, a long-haul psychic dream.
Why'd a spirit-woman come to our reservation to mourn a drowned guy? Her mirrors & candles tell us...
LION-MEN: by Wayan; 1995/7/9, an eye-opening dreamlet.
I'm a traveling Zen warrior talking to a circus girl in a barn. Four guys enter--and my life changes forever.
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
MAN TRIUMPH ANT: by Wayan; 1990, a lost typographical picture-poem
The image got lost, but the words survived, so here's the poetic saga of an ant that left th' farm...
MARJANE: by Wayan; 2005/6/3, a nightmare about... articide? Watercolor comic or illustrated text
I'm cartoonist Marjane Satrapi. I passively tag along with friends (and a fiancé I tend to forget) in the Mission District of San Francisco. But they blunder into real trouble...
CAUTION: VIOLENCE
MATURITY: by Wayan; 1989/1/26, a dream on bluntness.
Beverly Cleary's Ramona is a popular teen, but she's having a nervous breakdown. And her best friend...
CAUTION: STUDENT-TEACHER AFFAIR
THE MELTING POT: by Wayan; 1982/7/30, a nightmare on fitting in
They were swimming in the glowing, molten pool of the Melting Pot, and beckoned me to join them...
CAUTION: SUICIDE SOUP?
MONASTERY: by Anonymous #7; before 1986, a predictive/advisory spiritual dream
I happily meditated alone in a monastery. But when I woke, I couldn't see how to act on the dream. Then a friend visited...
THE MULTIPLE INTELLIGENCE THEORY: by Wayan; 1996/11/6, a dream on synergism.
A girl and two snakes are clever but murderous. Yet, apart, they're not mean at all! Not sin--synergy...
MY MUSLIM MOTHER-IN-LAW: by Wayan; 1995/3/25, a dream on repression.
How exactly did I acquire a mother-in-law snooping on my phone calls, when I don't have a wife?
MY THREE HUSBANDS: by Wayan; 1981/2/26 furry polygamy dream drawn as a 15p comic ten years later
I'm three women who marry a unicorn, a goat philosopher, and a magic cat. We start a commune, but the police quarantine us...
CAUTION: INTERSPECIES MARRIAGE, UNDERAGE SEX, FRAGMENTED DREAMER and BAD COPS
OBISPO'S OUT OF RANGE: by Wayan; 1997/2/2, a dreamtale on ESP.
I move hundreds of miles away to escape my family's psychic broadcasts. Pathetic, but... does it work?
OR... IS IT YOU?: by Wayan; 1990 nondream digital painting on marginality.
When I was battered, I briefly lived on the streets. What struck me was how fragile most of us were...
CAUTION: GRIM
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...
CAUTION: SEX
OUR BEST SONG: by Wayan; 1983/10/25, a decade-long dream of song and flight.
The artcops search-and-destroy our flying band, and my wings are shorn. But ten years later, songless, apathetic, I climb through my TV--and the women of Vietnam show me a new way to fly...
CAUTION: LANGUAGE, ATTITUDE, ALTITUDE
AN OUTGROWN BED: by Wayan; 1990/10/14, a dream of growth and time.
I'm a girl in a Catholic school. But a chance photo and the length of my bed combine to change my life...
CAUTION: QUEER-POSITIVE, CHRISTIAN-NEGATIVE
PALM: by Wayan; 1994/12/9, a dreamtale on solitude.
I hang my artshow, but cut my palm. So I dream of a palm tree whose only problem is the road it's by...
PARVATI SAWS THE WALL: by Wayan; 2013/6/26, a dream-poem about a kook
A martial-arts student won't fight the teacher she loves--not even for her final exam. Instead she gets a rotary saw and...
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
PETER PAN SYNDROME: by Wayan; 1995/1/10, a dream on those books...
I meet Peter Pan grown up: a stark, fey prince in exile. Why do only I see him, and the Lost Children? Oh.
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
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?
PRODIGIES' ODDITIES: by Wayan; 1994/2/2, a confession.
I suspect we child prodigies and geniuses are as unlike the gifted as normal people. So here's a checklist...
CAUTION: BRAIN REQUIRED
RABBIT WORLD: by Wayan; 260K total, 6-page comic of a 1990/9/26 dream.
I'm a telepathic rabbit defending our world from space-laser attack. We do, but do we modernize too much?
CAUTION: IDEAS
RIBBING: by Wayan; 1992/12/25, an assertive dreamtale.
After seeing 150 years of family photos, I dream of being teased by time-traveling cheerleaders, and...
THE ROSA PARKS EFFECT: by Wayan; 1997/7/21, a political dream.
The mayor declares war on bikers, blames us for gridlock! I dream of Rosa Parks' influence and realize...
SADDLED WITH AUTISM: by Wayan; 1999/10/1, a dreamtale.
I'm autistic; a TV host encourages me and another autistic kid to have sex on the air...
CAUTION: UNDERAGE SEX ON NATIONAL TV; SERIOUS FINGER-POINTING
SAFETY GETS ME HOT: by Wayan; 1997/3/27, a dream on sensitivity.
I'm trapped in a post-apocalypse pulp story! Fun for my readers, but not for me! How to escape?
THE SEA-HAG RIOT: by Wayan; 100K, 1989/6/5, a wild dream hiding a warning.
Aliens, hypnotherapy, dancing molars, riots, witches, flying pianos, lettuce... yet there is a point.
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...
SHAKE! 1995; digital Muybridge tribute by Wayan.
I love what dancers look like, seen over time, in strobe photos. Like weird undersea growths...
WARNING: NAKED CATS
SHY SPHINX: by Wayan; 2009/11/27, a dream of indirect advice
I find a shy sphinx hiding in the corner of a painting in a dull art class. But maybe she's right to hide...
SINK JOHN: by Wayan; 1981/5/25, a dreamtale on "when in Rome..."
My friend sleeps with an alien. He's ugly, but I don't care. What bothers me is how he eats bits of himself...
CAUTION: SEX, RECREATIONAL CANNIBALISM, PROSTITUTION, THE KITCHEN SINK
SLOW PARK FIX: by Wayan; 1996/9/24, a diagnostic dreamtale.
Infected glass-cuts scar the vegan alligators in the park. As part of a cleanup, I'm told to EAT one...
SNAKE COIL: by Wayan; 2000/11/1-14, dream-sculpture.
I tried to be like my classmates--use tools, control what I made. But I couldn't. It came alive, and...
SNOW by Nancy Price; 1948, a false-waking dream about living vs survival
Lost in the snow, I must either give my baby to a stranger or let my dad put him in a box, safe, forever...
SPIN-WITCH, or, THE MAGIC LIGHTER: by Wayan; 1985/8/10, a dream on defensiveness.
Leona's a fighter--she rejects compromisers like her husband, her friends, that girl she's been sitting on...
SPOCK'S SPIRITS: by Wayan; 2000/3/12, a financial-advice dream.
Lost in a dark maze of machine-shops, I follow Mr. Spock, who's drunk, and talks to tree-spirits...
CAUTION: ALCOHOL AS INSPIRATION?
SPUTTERNIK: by Wayan; 1979, a Beat poem: the comedy of the streets.
A street poet preaches a gospel of smallness, until he pokes at capitalism in a slightly too personal way...
STOMPERS: by Wayan; 2013/8/24, a surreal dream of confidence
I dream I'm a runner named Silky; but a solo run outside the crowd can get you stomped by giant aliens...
SUSHI CIRCUS: by Wayan; 1982/2/17, an illustrated psychic dream.
When I flee the Psychodrama Circus to avoid being stabbed, it explodes! But it's the sushi that really upsets me...
CAUTION: CANNIBAL MAKI
SUZETTE: by Wayan; 1981/2/20, a defiant sex/art dream with no one to defy
I dreamed that I drew our dog and me mating, and then found the drawing on a gallery wall for all to see...
CAUTION: CARTOON BESTIALITY
TACKY IS AN ANGLO IDEA, or, NEW BRACELET!: by Wayan; 1983. Bicultural nondream vision
I like bad taste. Taste always tasted like another Anglo conspiracy to keep me from having fun...
THE TALE OF A MISFIT COCK: by Wayan; 1999/1/25, a media-fable dream.
I'm in Japan, where Rumiko Takahashi tells me of a tragic chicken who longs to be a lounge singer...
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: MEDIA MINDFUCK (2 of swords): by Wayan; 32K. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1978.
The traditional figure is blindfolded, holding two crossed swords. I used crossed TV antennae...
TAROT: DOGGY (The Hierophant or High Priest): by Wayan; 29K. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1978.
Some folks are dogs, bullying those below them, fawning on those above. But if the Wizard is a Humbug...
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...
TIMESHOT!: by Wayan; 1999/1/2, a warning dream.
Wandering through time, I forget how much other cultures fear witches. I think I provoke a shooting!...
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...
TOPOGRAPHY OF EXCESS: by Wayan; 1997. Digital painting on digital painting.
They call it the information highway because we're all supposed to march in formation...
THE TRAIN ON TIME CAFE: by Wayan, 1981/12/20, an epic political dream.
Silicon Valley goes enthusiastically fascist. I hide in a berry patch. They build a shining world, and then...
TREFIL, ON SCIENCE: by Wayan; 1994/1/26, a rant on dreamwork as science.
In an oneirophobic society, it's easy to forget that when you do dreamwork, you're doing basic science. No funding, no team, no lab coat? Can't be science! Unless they mistaught us what science is...
UNGHOSTS OF CHINA: by Wayan; 2009/9/2, a mysterious dream-poem; Dreamverse #53
After a day of nonstop art, I'm in rural China. Two women tell me their village declared them dead, killed by demons...
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...
UNRESOLVED OR JUST... DIFFERENT?: by Wayan; 1989/9/26, a dream on dreams.
In my dreams, a co-worker tells me HER dreams. Their focus is utterly unlike mine! Dream goals differ...
THE VAT MESSIAH: by Wayan; 1985/2/27, a major dreamtale.
In our cult, we lie in vats of goo till we grow wings. But we’re feared more than we knew...
CAUTION: A SPECIST LYNCH MOB, NAKED IN SCHOOL, LESBIAN FEELINGS, OBSCENE CARROT
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...
WARRING MOIRES: by Wayan; 1988. Abstract nondream digital picture-poem-thingy
Dodging between all your -isms, I feel like a bird on a battlefield...
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:
'WE'RE ALL HUMAN': by Wayan; 1987/3/13, a dream trial.
For flirting in the astral cafeteria, we all get sentenced to group therapy--till I catch the lie in my life...
WITH WILD AND TURQUOISE EYES: by Joan-lee Woehler; c.1950, a dream-poem on a stubborn shadow
I slay the beautiful dragon attacking us, despite my regret. And then, as I sleep, glowing eyes advance on our keep AGAIN...
WOLVES EVOLVE: by Wayan, 1983/11/11, a Darwinian dream.
After seeing 'Rear Window', Grace Kelly and I are wolf children in a pack that's quickly evolving into...
CAUTION: VIOLENCE, CHILD SEXUALITY, WOLF-SLANDER
WOMBERS: by Wayan; 1997/8/23, a journal entry on peace-at-any-price personalities
Nancy Friday describes a certain kind of guy disturbingly like me, and I realize chronic illness has made me...
A WOMEN'S WORLD: by Wayan; 1996/8/6, a psychic dream.
I visit Earth during an all-female era. I'm a woman, can pass for local--so why do I lie to fit in?
CAUTION: SEXIST SLUR
THE WRITING CLASS: by Wayan; 1984/3/27, a grumpy dream.
Most writers search for their unique style. Not me--I struggle to convey unique EXPERIENCES...
YELLOW SERENADE: by Wayan; 1979/2/22, an absurd dreamtale.
Restrain yourself! Or you too may end up on a giraffe rollerskating down the freeway singing perverted popsongs...


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