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Juvenilia

"Juvenilia" means an artist's earliest creative work--so why not the art of dreaming? This list shows dreams and dream-art of those under the (quite arbitrary, I admit) age of 16-17.

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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...
ALL HALLOW'S EVE: by (Mrs.) D. M. Barrett; 1904, a psychic dream
I dreamt ghosts visited us, and for each scream, a relative would die. Two of us cried out. That morning the first letter came...
ARMORINE’S DRAGON: by Armorine; 2006/3/21; shaded pencil drawing of a dream-dragon
I had a dream about a beautiful dragon. It is not easy to put something from your dream onto paper...
AVENUE OF TREES: by Anonymous #34; July 1911?, early 1924?, March 30, 1934, and January 1947; four death-omen dreams, 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...
BAND-AIDS: by Bagheera Pardus; c.1985, a lucid re-entered nightmare turned to joy.
Giant snakes chased me, but I went lucid, turned and slew one. As I woke, the snakes were crying. So I re-entered the dream and...
CAUTION: SNAKES, BEHEADING, REHEADING
BARN BURNING: by Denise Levertov; 1929?; a childhood nightmare
I'm in a barn full of peaceful animals lit by a golden glow. And then they all blacken, crinkle, and corrugate like burnt paper...
BAT AND UMBRELLA: by David Small; c. March 1, 1960, a 14-year-old's nightmare exposing parental neglect/abuse
I'm an orphaned bat staggering down an alley in a storm. I spot an old umbrella and mistake its ribs and flaps for... my Mom! I unfold Mom, and find...
CAUTION: LIFE-THREATENING CHILD NEGLECT
BEETLE: by Daniel Quinn; spring 1941; a life-defining shamanic dream
A black beetle points out I'm not needed or at home in the human world, and insists my lifework is elsewhere...
BLUE HOLES: Wayan; 1958 or early 59. Visionary sculpture by 4-year-old.
This was my first sculpture. I was around four. The rest of the preschool class made bunnies and snowmen. But I'd been peeking at Isamu Noguchi and Henry Moore in my mom's art books, so...
BOOK OF GOLD: by a four-year-old; before 1961, an apparent telepathic flash
A woman urged her friend to give her daughter a musical education. Without hearing this, the child went hunting for...
BUFFALO PERSON: by Plenty Coups, summer 1857; a child's time-traveling, tribe-saving dream
I was led into the future, where all the buffalo disappeared, to meet a frail old man by a ranch house...
BURN: by Sierra Loucks; 1990?, a five-year-old's nightmare
I was at the beach with my friends. It was fun. But gradually they were laughing at me, not with me. Then they picked up burning sticks...
CAUTION: GRUESOME
CLAYMATES: by Wayan, 1968-70, three mythological claymation figures.
In my teens, I knew I wasn’t human. So I sculpted and animated and fell in love with and worshiped furry figurines...
A CLOSE SHAVE!: by Wayan; 1971/11/7, a short poem of a goofy counterfactual dream
An over-eager landscaper mows my dad's new Assyrian beard, unasked. Debate in court! Is the art of mowing free speech, or is your face your castle?
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
COUNT COUP!: by Plenty Coups, 1857; a child's defining dream
I sought a dream of Helpers. But rather than give me gifts, they gave me a daunting challenge...
DOG IN A CASSOCK: by Wayan, 1972/2/3, a comically surreal dream-poem
A criminal mastermind gets tracked down by a hound in a brown monk's cassock, who's introduced to me... as the President of the United States?
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...
DON'T TREAD ON ME: by Herdis Bollisurdottir; c.1040, a psychic dream of a ghost with an agenda
A ghost complains Herdis's grandma has a bothersome aura. Herdis wakes, tells Grandma, and they dig up the floor to find...
DREAMKU, APRIL 2007: by Roswila; various dates up to April 2007; 30 dream-poems--mostly haiku but some longer
Dream haiku laid out like a calendar. Roswila's favorite is the pirate, but mine is the were-salamander...
DREAM-TAN: by Madellyne Waugh; late April 2010, a digital, institutional avatar
I've been drawing a personification of the World Dream Bank. Nerdy, but most of your readers are nerds...
DUCK HUNT: by Craig, age 4; 1950/11/18, an ignored predictive nightmare
"I dreamed you were in the water, Daddy. There was tall grass all around, and you kept trying to come out of the water to me..."
FAIRY PRINCESS PALACE: 1992-, by Kavitha Subramaniam; a recurrent dream of prosperity
Ever since I was a little girl I've been dreaming of this luxurious bright-colored mansion...
FIRST DREAMFLIGHT: by Wayan; 1969/11/11, two dream-results from my first dreamwork experiment.
I never flew in my dreams. I felt cheated. So one day I set out to CREATE dream-flight...
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...
A GAMER'S DREAM: by Mark Nelson; 2002/3/5; A collage of real-world events brought into dreams
I face a barrage of deadly challenges out of every action film I've seen and every game I've ever played...
GOAT WITH A HUMAN HEAD: by Steve Carter, 2008/7/12; a dream image.
Walking around my brother's farm, I met this goat with a human head. It seemed like he'd been playing with matches...
GRAVESTONE: by "Miss S."; late 1930s-1946, a recurring clairvoyant/predictive nightmare
I'm walking up a churchyard path. My long hair clings to me, damp. Horses wander aimlessly. I'm irresistably drawn to a graveside...
GREEN DAY DREAM: by Cristy C. Road; early 1995. A recurring dream.
Green Day singer Billie Joe hocked a lugie on me in concert. I felt blessed...
CAUTION: EWWW
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...
GUDRUN'S FOUR HUSBANDS: by Gudrun Osvifursdottir; summer 988, 4 childhood dreams predicting Gudrun's life; plus a dream by her husband Thorkell Eyjolfson, spring 1026.
Gudrun dreams of four treasures lost: a hood, a bracelet, a ring, and a jeweled helm. Her cousin sees these as 4 marriages...
HUMPBACKED COAT-THIEF: by "Anonymous #15"; c.1919, an acted-on warning dream
I dreamed of a beggar in our house who had been stealing. It was a very small man with a hump. Weeks later...
HYPNOGOGIC ASSAULT: by Dr Simon Forman; 1559-63, recurring hypnogogic images.
From age six on, Simon nightly climbs mountains and faces roaring floods in a sort of naptime bootcamp...
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 SEE'D THEY DID: by a Wisconsin 4-year-old; before 1961, a waking vision (clairvoyant? telepathic?)
He asked abruptly "Did Aunt Myrtle and Uncle Charles have a wreck with a train? I see'd they did..."
IMPOSSIBLE SHIPS: by Wayan; late 1966?, a childhood lucid-prompting dream, and maybe a longterm prediction
The fog parts, and I see a huge ship on San Francisco Bay. Impossible--it'd be half a mile long. I must be dreaming! But fifty years later...
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...
JASON: by MariNaomi; 1989, a romantic-warning nightmare
The Mummy chases me, then unwraps his bandages to show the mutilated face of my boyfriend. "I'm getting out of jail!" he says. Then the phone wakes me. It's my boyfriend. He says "I'm getting out of..."
CAUTION: CODEPENDENCE, MUTILATION, GUILT AND GRIEF
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...
KNEADING DOUGH: by Madellyne Waugh; 2009, a punning dream on shame
I'm in the kitchen making a mess--kneading pasta dough on the bookcase. If my mom comes in and sees...
THE LIBRARY: dreamed between 1976 & 1982 by Audrey Niffenegger; an book-inspiring dream
I die. But then I find a door in my grandmother's pantry leading to a beautiful library where I'm no longer dead...
LOBSTER ECSTASY: by Wayan; 1970/11/1?, a teenage lobster love dream.
One of my first recorded dreams--how I foolishly turned away from Lobster Love...
CAUTION: CHITINOUS SEX
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 MIMI: by Robert Moss, 1955, a dream of another life
As a boy in Australia I briefly died on the operating table. I found myself living among the Mimi, spirits living in rocks. I grew up, grew old, died--and woke up nine years old again...
NAVAHO HORSES: by Wayan; 1972/8/1; childhood drawing, feltpen & color pencil
A museum sketch of Navaho horses who got me hot--teaching teenage me that my sexual orientation wasn't (only) human......
NEWT WEDDING: by Emily Joy; spring 1995, 100k, a six-year-old's epic dream
Through wild jungles and over the Mattress Mountains, I lead a giant purple newt to love...
ON THE NIGHT RIDE HOME: by Wayan; 1971/11/8, an early dream-poem on breaking through prejudices
As I bike home at night, strange doings--a rat is sacrificed; gemstones delivered; an astronaut shows glowing alien objects; a second rat becomes a... firefighter?
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...
PURPLE SPOOK CROWD: by Wayan; 1972. Crayon of a vision.
One of my earliest drawings, of a quiet crowd of melancholy ghosts...
RAPA ITI: by Marc Liblin, 1954-1960s, recurring childhood dreams teaching him to speak an unknown language
Only at age 33 did Marc Liblin at last meet someone who spoke his dream language. He married her, and moved to Rapa Iti, the only place in the world it's spoken...
REBEL OWL: by Wayan; 1971/10/9, a dream so mysterious it mystified its inhabitants
My city's invaded and occupied. I become a gigantic Owl and fight with impossible stamina. But in the end I'm dead, stuffed, on a museum wall. Can I let go NOW?
CAUTION: WAR
RUNNING BIRD: by Alder; 1953, a kinetic nightmare with double selves.
I'm a flightless bird hopping down a line of marble columns rising from the sea, as they topple behind me...
SEPTIC: by Steve (age 6), before 1961, a recurring predictive nightmare
For three weeks he wakened nearly every night, screaming in fright; he said he "fell in a hole." Then, one snowy day...
SPIRAL LAUGHTER: by Alder; 1953, a child's feverdream
The world is a whirlpool, a black and white spiral pulling me down toward a black hole, and it’s laughing...
STALAGMITE VALLEY: by Maude Meagher; 1902?-07, a recurring childhood dream.
I found myself upon a stone pillar in a valley. Invisible people sat on other stalagmites, but my voice couldn’t reach them...
STANDING UP CITY: by Wayan; 1970? childhood imaginary world
As a kid, my Ecotopian fantasy city was hollowed out of living rock, with hanging gardens and terraces...
STAY ON THE SIDEWALK: by a Utah boy, before 1961, a flawed warning nightmare
He said "Oh, Mom, I had a terrible dream. A car ran me down." I said we could not live by dreams or we live a life of horror...
TANGUY: by Wayan; 1963-4, childhood surrealist drawing.
Not a guy with a tan. Yves Tanguy was a sailor who became a Surrealist. When I was nine or ten, his work inspired me to try my first landscape drawings...
TITANIC IMAGE: by Graham Greene; 1912/4/14?, a childhood nightmare of the Titanic--before the news came.
One image has remained with me for more than sixty years: a man in oilskins bent double under the blow of a great wave...
TRESPASSERS IN MALANCHAI: by Hyal; 100K, Feb 1996?, an epic dream with a weird intrusion.
A maneless lion-boy wins his people's respect. While training, he sees weird trespassers who seem to be from someone else's dream... and ten years later, he finds that dreamer.
UNEXPLODED SPHERE: by "Anonymous #10"; c. 1904, a precise predictive dream
As a boy I dreamt of a war; officers marked the landing-spot of an unexploded black sphere. Years later...
WASP: by Madellyne Waugh; 2010/4/22, a punning dream on... guilt?
A giant insect chases me around our school gym. A girl reassures me it's harmless but I'm sure it's a wasp...
WORLD TOUR: by Sharon Boyle; 1937?, a nightmare told to her mom, poet Kay Boyle
This little man comes into the chapel, makes a fascist salute, and catches fire. He burns right down to his shoes...
YELLOW CRANE: by Na Liu; spring 1976, a recurrent childhood flying dream.
Each spring my mom took us up to Yellow Crane Tower, and that night I dreamed I rode the crane over the city of Wuhan...


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