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|ADORABLE CYBORGS: by Wayan; dreamed 2016/10/5, a dream-poem on inner teamwork
A child dreamer and two different kinds of cyborg must cooperate to free the hostages locked under San Francisco Bay...
|ALICE'S POEM: by Lewis Carroll; 1872, a poem on dreams
Are dreams really so ephemeral? Lewis Carroll, who built the Alice books from dream-fragments, wasn't so sure...
|AMPLIFIER: by Alder; 1999/11/13, a dream on self-underestimation
I was always the weakest magic-worker I knew. But when demons threatened my grandchild...
|ANARCHIST FAIR: by Wayan; 2005/4/5, a drastic dream-song, with chords
At an anarchist fair in San Francisco, a 13-year-old punkette genius sings some shocking advice to me...
|AQUARINA PRODIGY: by Wayan; 2009/10/15, a dream poem with sketches; Dreamverse #60
A child prodigy stands out in a chorus line of waterdancers. Her body and energy are a patchwork of young and old...
|THE ARTIST'S WAY: by Wayan; 1994/6/10, a visual-pun dream.
I'm a parade route. A group of child artists walks all over me. But their soles are bare, so I don't mind...
|ATLANTIS: 5. COASTAL; c. 1993 by Mark Doty; elegiac poem, one of six, three dream-based|
A plumber's daughter brings home a sick marsh bird and tries to save it...
|THE AXE OF DEATH: by Catherine McDiarmid Paton; c. 1830, a grisly predictive nightmare.
She dreamt Death attacked her but her youngest daughters bravely fought back--and died. Three months later...
|BABY HITLER'S DOG; 2012/2/7 by Wayan; a grotesque time-travel dream (of health advice?)
An old actor tells me "I met Hitler when we were both babies. I knew what was coming and I wanted to kill him, but...
|BABY, I'LL BLOW YOUR MIND: by Wayan; 1995/3/21, a surreal nightmare
Allied submarines attack the giant Nazi toddler who's hunting us with sonar, occupying my playroom...
CAUTION: VIOLENCE AND GUILT
|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?
|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...
|BIG FLAMING AIRPLANES TRYING TO LAND: by Jack Kerouac, late Oct. 1953, a two-part surreal nightmare
Two DC-6s catch fire and burn over New York, and then I'm a naked child in a Babylonian Byzantine temple older than America, across the river in Bayonne...
|BILLIE: by Billie's Mom; 1945/1/20, a psychic warning dream
My son Billie, his Navy uniform soaking wet, cried "Oh, Mom--it's so terrible!" and shrank into a baby again as I held him...
|THE BIRD MARATHON: by Wayan; 1982/7/10, a comic nightmare with serious overtones.
A bizarre marathon, and the Princess is the prize. But she doesn't WANT to be, so she sets out...
CAUTION: BLOODY BIRD
|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...
|BLOODLINES: by Jenny Badger Sultan; 2005/7/30, 9/1 and 9/3; a compound dream-painting
A man obsessed with blood and death disturbs me, but I have to admit I share his interests...
Next the blood comes home; a surgeon wants to flay my tongue...
Next, witch-children rebel against a bloody flossing ritual and fly away on broomsticks...
|BODY-SWITCH: by Wayan; 2000/6/10; a dream of a castaway soul
Spies kidnap a girl and move her soul into a madwoman’s body. Can she survive? Recover? Even thrive?
|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...
|BORN IN A CAVE: by Jenny Badger Sultan; 2007/4/20 to 2007/8/9, a painted series of rite-of-passage dreams.
I keep dreaming of awkward but successful transitions into new life, and paint them all in one landscape...
|BOY IN THE GATEWAY: by "Anonymous #18"; before 1963, a small warning dream
I was at school, walking through the gate to the playing fields, discussing our next match, when a boy crashed into me...
|BOY SCOUTS: by a Maryland woman; before 1961, a predictive warning dream
I dreamed my son, just a toddler, followed two small Boy Scouts down to the creek, where he drowned. That morning, on my curb, two...
|BOYS WHO RUN WITH THE SCISSORS: by Wayan; 1986/1/26, a shamanic dream-joke
Women who run with the wolves? Ha! In Mongolia, the only ones who can beat lightning-demons are...
|BRIGHT NICHES IN THE CASTLE WALL: by Jenny Badger Sultan; summer 2003. A painting of a series of dreams.
Dreams warning of mania and paralyzing shame alternate with calm dreams of life and growth...
|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...
|BULL FEEDS THE KITTEN: by Wayan; 2018/5/23 a dreampoem of using tricks to nurse feral critters
Cleo the talking kitten denies being a cat, so I invent Wolf-N-Puma Chow! Must I play similar games to nourish that other feral critter... me?
|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...
|BURN HIS TREE: by Emily Joy; 2007/2/7; two linked nightmares on art
Malevolent artwork terrorizes my baby and me! What's to be done?...
|THE BUTTON IN LOVE: by Wayan, 2009/10/20, two surreal dreamlets on romantic cluelessness
A glowing sentient autistic button falls in love with a small boy; then I try to make two friends change orientation and fall in love by singing 'Molly Malone'...
CAUTION: JUST... WRONG
|CATRISE: by Wayan; 2000/2/21, a sexy flying dream; acrylic painting.
I'm an alien exchange student in Palo Alto High School. I get stared at--they wear clothes, they don't fly...
CAUTION: FELINE NUDITY
|CHANGING IDENTITIES: by Mary Arnold-Forster; 1910-14? a dream of alternating selves.
I was the new girl among richer students, then my adult self among snobs, then a schoolgirl again--always craving freedom...
|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?
|CHOREOGRAPHY: by Wayan; 2006/9/7, a nightmare of murder in plain sight.
At a beach, a mob of kids stage an intricate practical joke full of coordinated “accidents.” How many of the jokers knew the end was death?
|CLASS HAMSTER: by Wayan; 2008/11/13, an educational nightmare
I tour a middle school paralyzed by delinquents, and learn this is normal now...
|CLOTHO AND THE POOL OF DREAMS: by Jenny Badger Sultan; a 2015 painting weaving seven dreams (2014/5/4, 6/9, 7/1 & 9/4; 2015/5/23, 6/26 & 8/25)
A portrait of Clotho, the Greek Fate who spins our life-threads, by a pool woven of my dreams from this period...
|COLT TABOOS: by Wayan; 1972/3/27, a puberty dream.
A castle with horse statues in the moat. Only... one of them is alive! He's my lover...
CAUTION: EVERY SEX TABOO YOU CAN THINK OF
|A CRAIGSLIST BARGAIN: by Wayan; 2006/10/1. A dream of another life; possible ESP.
I’m an Asian kid in Pacifica, California. My parents annoy me, so I offer them for sale on Craigslist. A cop appears...
|CUBIST CHARLIE BROWN: by Wayan; 1977/4/1, a cubist nightmare.
We're Cubist cartoon characters, trapped in a strip gone mad. But my dad stays calm! Too calm...
CAUTION: SEAS OF BLOOD... OR IS IT RED INK?
|DEAD, NOT STUPID: by Wayan; 2000/1/20, a (psychic?)dreamtale.
My little sisters tell the detectives, "Daddy's ghost has a message for you" but they don't listen...
|THE DEMON TODDLER: by Wayan, 2015/5/5, a creepy dream about... bears? demons? humans?
After a nature show on bears and a horror-parody film, I dream of a man and a demon toddler in a sick relationship. At least it sickens all of us...
CAUTION: DEVIL AND PEDOPHILE: WHO'S CORRUPTING WHO?
|THE DESTRUCTION OF HAWAI'I; 2004/9/2 by Anonymous #37; a short apocalyptic nightmare
I was a small boy living on Oahu. Out my front door I saw a 20-mile-tall wall of flames stretching across the horizon...
|A DIFFICULT PATH: by Anna Kingsford; 1877/11/3, an advisory dream.
I lead my daughter up a thorny path, but she’s getting badly scratched. Shall I leave her in that fishing village? She wants to...
|DINAH'S ADVICE: by Wayan; 2007/1/14, a false-waking advisory frustration dream
I struggle to write down a bizarre dream clearly and simply, but both pens and paper have mutated. Then a child prodigy explains “dreams don’t always want to be linear”...
|DIPHTHERIA SPECK: by an Outback man; before 1961, a diagnostic dream with a tight deadline
I dreamed our physician said our son had diphtheria. When I woke, we found a tiny white spot in his throat. But by the time the doctor arrived...
|DIRECT ACTION SAVES THE SHIP: by Alder; 2006/11/5; a dream-fable with instant replay.
A bomb's planted on our ship! But when a teen finds it, rather than fetch a responsible adult...
|DON'T GET UPSET: by Wayan; 1996/4/10; a warning-nightmare comic (small screen, slow loading? Illus. text)
A mob of kids chases me chanting "Lyin' Wayan!" I get dizzy and fall off a bridge and wake. Then comes the REAL trouble!
CAUTION: FATAL FALL
|DOUBLE DREAM: by "Anonymous #23 & 24"; before 1963, two clearly linked false-predictive dreams--but who influenced who?
Mother and daughter both dream Mum runs over a little girl. Next morning she spots the girl in the road and misses her. But bystanders seem not to see the child...
|DREAMKU, JUNE 2006: by Roswila; various dates up to June 2006; thirty dream-haiku
Daily dream-poems in haiku style, nonstop for a month. A flood of animals, revenant ghosts, sex changes...
|DREAMKU, SEPTEMBER 2006: by Roswila; thirty dream-haiku with various dates from 1960-2006
One dream-poem in haiku style each day for a month! Ghosts, snow, penguins, yoga babies, elves who leave their tree...
|DREAM LOVERS: by Wayan; 1995/9/11, a dream on shame.
This dream's not about a man whose dream lovers keep materializing till the bed overflows. This dream's about who those lovers are, and what the neighbors will think...
|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...
|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...
|EMPTY-EYED CREATURES: by Wayan; 1996/12/9, an animal Zen dream.
I lose myself, but I get some startling advice from a convent-school kid with empty eyes...
|THE ENTWINED CHILD AND MADAM PURR-SAY: by PurplePurplePurple; 2013/7/5, two mirroring poem-dreams the same night
I dream my autistic son, miraculously high-functioning, recites a math-poem to a crowd...
Then I become cartoon cat Madam Purr-Say and chant my own defiant poem at the dream gods...
CAUTION: FIRST POEM AUTISTIC, SECOND PISSY
|FALSE ALARM: by Wayan; 1996/5/23, a nightmare I lived as a kid.
In school, I'm seen as a freak--lied to, set up for little pranks. Not just by my classmates--my teachers...
|FAR ALONG IN THE STORY: dreamed before 2009 by W.S. Merwin; a surreal dream poem
The flock of cranes called to the boy but he could not hear what they were telling him...
|A FEEL-BAD MOVIE: by Wayan; 2009/1/8, a dream about why dreamwork's so hard
A great director alternates hits and bombs, because in half his films he sets out to trouble his viewers. Here's one...
|FLEEING KAMPUCHEA: by Laura Lawrence; early 1990s?; recurring nightmares to heal a future patient
My Cambodian village was burned, my family murdered. At 12, I was the oldest survivor; I led a band of kids toward the border...
|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...
|FLUID DREAM CONNECTIONS: by Jenny Badger Sultan; 2003/11/8 and 2007/3/14; linked dreams of pods
A pod of whales in the sky and a circle of children dressed like seed-pods both beg me to interpret them...
|FOUR-ARMED SINGER: by Wayan; 1996/5/16; a dream of baring your soul .
In our mutant future, a lovely horse-tailed four-armed girl sings her heart out--as clubgoers ignore her...
CAUTION: NUDE CABARET
|FOX-BOY: by Wayan; 1997/2/28, a dream fable.
A boy offends his uncle the King, who transforms him into a fox. Grounded! But Fox-Boy runs away...
|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...
|FRANKLIN'S NECK: by a dying Kansas grandmother; 1953/7/5, an unheeded warning nightmare
"Oh no" she moaned. "I don't want Frankie to go to that camp. He must not go there." She began to cry...
|THE GENERAL: by Wayan, mid-December 1975, a nightmare warning of real danger
I'm a child in a Latin American city who's murdered on the street. Then I'm my brother, seeking my own murderers. I find the General behind it! Unfortunately...
CAUTION: DYING. DYING TWICE. AND THEN NEARLY AGAIN, AWAKE...
|GHOST GATOR: by Wayan; 1984/10/9, a lip-reading dream.
A child from another universe materializes--part way. Too bad we called in that expert from Stanford...
|GOLD EATER: by Wayan; 560K, 9-page comic of a 1993/1/15 dream.
I'm an orphan shapeshifter enslaved by a gold-eating monster. But I meet a cat-girl with a hammer...
CAUTION: BAD FOSTER-DAD; CAPITALIST MONSTER; VIOLENCE TO INNOCENT VENDING MACHINES
|GOLD VERSUS DIAMONDS: by Wayan; 1972/1/20, a dream fable.
We're children seeking gold in a fairy wood. We dig where the elf-kids played, but their parents show up...
|GRIMOIRE AND PACT: by Wayan, 2013/8/4, two dreams about an infestation of... health? illness? sex? magic? WHAT?
1: Two sisters want to kiss me all over. But they lick everything; their family loves to collect a weird gut-fauna, letting them thrive on foods toxic to me...
2: Fairy eggs infest my home--become red worms, become tiny horses, become mothwinged hobbits, become powerful adult fairies. Who may be friendly...
CAUTION: NUDE EQUINES & FAE; PARASITES (OR SYMBIOTES?)
|GROUND ZERO: by Al Davison; 2001/9/9, a predictive dream-comic.
Two days before 9/11, I dream I'm a child at ground zero, mourning the devastation--and witnessing rebirth.
|HIT OR MISS: by "Anonymous #20"; before 1963, a successful warning dream
I dreamed I hit and killed a small boy in the road. Three weeks later in Manchester I swerved and just missed the same boy ..
|HER HORSE: by Wayan; 1985/5/14, a dream fable about bodies.
A farm girl seems to be sexually exploiting her dog and horse, but their auras tell another tale...
CAUTION: SEX SYMBOLISM
|HERSELF IN REVERSE: by Wayan; 2013/6/13, three surreal future-prompting dreamlets
1: I'm in a theater complex meeting weird big-eyed ballerinas, and suddenly know I'll be choreographing for them someday soon...
2: A sorcery student meets and somehow fuses with her powerful future self hurtling backward through time...
3: A squirrel-magician, too, meets his future self leaping back through time, and inoculates us all against a future plague with a milder fever...
CAUTION: NOT FOR TOTAL SKEPTICS ABOUT PREDICTIVE DREAMS
|HIJACK! The Christmas Special: by Wayan; 2012/4/13, a trapped-in-bad-TV dream.
I'm stuck on a jet full of cartoons. We get hijacked by a kid who just wants pilot practice, and then a cactus counterhijacks us...
CAUTION: THE F-WORD
|HORSES OF THE AQUARIUS: by Wayan, 1956-8, poem on recurring childhood dreams.
In my earliest memory, I'm a wild horse near Shiprock who recurrently dreamed I was a human child. The two lives alternated for years, each a dream to the other...
|HOT, BOTHERED AND BEWILDERED: by Wayan; 1981/5/8, a dreamtale.
In a club, a new genderbending band. One singer gets me hot, but completely confused--for good reason...
CAUTION: SEXUAL SITUATIONS, GENDERBENDING
|HOUSE OF BLUE LIGHT: by Wayan; 1994/4/3, a dark dream.
As my grandmother is dying, I have a dream about what really went on in her house...
CAUTION: CHILD SLAVERY
|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 HAD A WHITE BANDAGE: by Jack Kerouac, July 1957, a dream of triumph despite adversity
Wounded, bandaged, chased by cops, I end up heading a huge children's parade, marching to Mongolia. No secret what it's about--On The Road was just published...
|IN THE ENEMY MINE: by Wayan; 1986/1/11, a psychic dream.
On Mars, a child-sacrificing cult of miners wants to kill me, but something strange happens....
|INSTANT SON: by Lily; 2014/9/25, a telepathic dreamlet
I dreamt I met my friend Karen, looking like she did years ago... except she was towing around a son about seven years old! And she'd been childless. I called her up, and...
|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
|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...
|A JOB WELL DONE: by Wayan; 1981/3/2; a dream-farce.
The tale of a fawn named Fawn and her mom, a bank-robbing hippopotamus...
CAUTION: GLAMORIZES THIS ALARMING TREND
|JOVE'S LIMBO: by Wayan; 1994/11/27, a dream of astral muckraking.
Half elvish, rejected, I wander the worlds, and find a limbo built by Zeus--but do the inmates deserve it?
|JUMBLE by Nancy Price; 1948, a comically exaggerated predictive dream
A bewildering dream of a boy's borrowed bath, absconding renters' furniture and fly-eating turns real a few weeks later...
|KARMA AND HER SISTERS: by Emily Joy; 2006/12/27, a happy sexy flying dream that turned tragic.
One boring lonely day, I meet a cute teenage bunny who wants to play with me! But half an hour later…
CAUTION: LANGUAGE, INTERSPECIES FLIRTING, AND LOSS
|THE KENNERBIRD: by Wayan; 1973/5/20; a naive shamanic dream.
I'm a cartoon flamingo; with my sisters, the frog and the rabbit-squirrel, I meet our Maker--the cartoonist...
|KIDS' WORLD: by Wayan; 1996/8/2, a dream on solitude.
The children of some castaways refuse to go 'home': to them, this shore IS home. So what won't I leave?
|THE KING OF PERSIA: by Wayan; 1990/4/1, an annoying family dream.
My dad has a time machine, so he generously invites the King of Persia over. And offers him MY room...
|KITTEN'S QUEST: by Wayan; 2016/2/13, a dream-poem
I met two strange sisters on a train who turn out to be half-cat. They open my eyes so I realize that my neighbor Elaine must be a shapeshifter too...
CAUTION: FLIRTATIOUS UNDERAGE CAT
|THE LABORATORY UNDERGROUND: by Anna Kingsford; 1880/2/2; an animal-rights nightmare.
I find myself in a vault with tables where half-dissected animals writhe. Hidden in each was a human shape...
|THE LAST MASS: by E.M. Martin; 1914/11/23, a dream of war invading a peaceful dreamland
For years Martin's dreams were all set in a peaceful parallel world. He hoped it was immune from WWI, but...
|LITTLE BAD DREAM CHARM: by Kathy Fagan; 2001? A slip-filled dream-poem
Half asleep, I scrawl a nightmare of trying to rescue gasping boyfish, but my dreamwriting goes wrong too...
|LIZARD HUSBAND: by Xanthe, 1990/8/30; a nightmare marriage.
I visit the underworld court of the Lizard King, but I can’t leave: he makes me Queen...
CAUTION: MARITAL RAPE (NON-GRAPHIC)
|LOSE YOUR TEMPER!: by Emily Joy; 2007/8/30, a tough-love dream.
My mom hires a therapist who really goes for my throat! Why is she so desperate to make me lose my...
CAUTION: OVER-THE-TOP CONFRONTATION
|LUCKY STARR: by Wayan; 1964, an early, cryptomnesic dream.
I fell asleep reading a book I'd read years before. I finished it in my dreams. Every word in place. How?
|LYNN HALL'S "FLYAWAY": by Wayan; 1997/7/6, a journal extract on religious abuse
A book that kept me up late. Ariel and Robin get abused as subtly, as deniably as me and my sisters...
CAUTION: RELIGIOUS/PSYCHOLOGICAL ABUSE
|MANDALA DURING A TIME OF WAR AND DISINTEGRATION:
by Jenny Badger Sultan; Jan-Feb 2003, painting of a dream-series
My dreams were troubled by war. So I painted them in concentric rings--lotus, fire, children, animals, and nightmares...
|MARTIAN TIME-LOOP: by Wayan; 1994/5/2, a dream of the future shaping the past.
I'm a small boy in a ship docking in Mars Orbital Station. I meet a strange man: myself as an adult! Uh-oh...
|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
|MENDELIAN CHIMERAS: by Wayan; 2015/1/1, a New Year's dream warning of medical uniqueness
I meet a girl who's a Mendelian crossbreed of human, animal and peavine, and then realize I'm no more human than she is...
|THE MERMAID TOW: by Wayan; 1994/2/17, a rescue-fantasy dream.
I rescue some drowning kids by turning into a mermaid, but towing one girl has an unexpected effect...
|MIDNIGHT'S CHILDREN: by Wayan; 1992/9/5-6, a diagnostic dream.
I'm in a tribe of post-Crash kids with psychic powers, trying to keep nukes from rising again...
CAUTION: VIOLENCE TOWARD CHILDREN
|MILK ADDICTS: by Wayan, 1974/6/2, an early psychic dream.
I'm in what seems to be a village of very conservative Muslims. But they're really alien castaways...
|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...
|MY DRAG-QUEEN COUSINE: by Wayan; 2012/4/8, a dream about tomorrow
At our family reunion's parade, a tropical float goes by with a drag queen who turns out to be physically female--but still drag! The next day...
CAUTION: EXHIBITIONISM, DRAG OF COURSE
|MY DREAM NIGHTJOB: by Jack Kerouac, late 1956 or early '57, an outa-the-mouths-of-babes-revelation dream.
First I commute to my dreamjob on a four-story bus, then I my baby brother (who I wouldn't give any chocolate pudding) utters a new poem by William Blake...
|MY SINE-FRIEND: by Wayan; 1984/3/6, an emotional dream of time and rebirth.
An animal-girl I know lives like a sine-wave, first forward in time, then backwards, dying at every zero...
|NAPPING IN PATERSON: by a Paterson mom; before 1961, a lifesaving intuitive flash
I was downtown when I knew I had to hurry home. It was full of gas. Our two-year-old had turned on all the stove jets as my husband napped...
|NED'S KISS by Ned's mom and sister Ethel; before 1961, cledonic dreams of a playful revenant
I wished I could kiss my son farewell. That week, Ethel called. "I dreamed Ned kissed you, not me! I was hurt. He laughed like anything and kissed me too..."
|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...
|NOW WE ARE 48: by Laurel Blossom, 1991; a dream-poem of a rescue.
At the beach I dive into deep water to save my drowning friend Kathy, and find it’s not so clear who’s who...
|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
|ONE-EYED BOY: by Roswila; 2009/4/5, a dreamku on the limits of desire
You'd think his Christmas wish would be "a new eye"; well it was, in a way...
|ONE FRUIT REMAINS UNEATEN: by Catshall; November 1983, a journal dotted with dreams
My day life as an artist and explorer of the San Francisco underground scene gets commented on regularly by my dreamlife...
CAUTION: SEX, BONDAGE
|THE OTTER'S MOM: by Wayan, 171K, a dream-comic (or 12K text version). 1996/5/29; a dream of the future.
A brilliant, orphaned ottercub meets the last Tasmanian Wolf, who makes a hard choice I couldn't. Or did I?
|OVERLAY: by Wayan; 1984/2/11, 1995/8/26, and 2004/9/11, 3 dreams prompting a 9-page comic on parallel sensory worlds
Dreams of translucent fairies, centaurs, robots & gnomes prompted me to draw comics about them with clear overlays showing how dreamworlds overlay ours...
|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
|THE PEGASI TUB: by Wayan; 2013/11/9, a fun, flirty dream I apparently thought I didn't deserve.
After a rainy hike I'm cold and muddy. In the camp hot tub, six girls splash and play. They greet me, then slowly become winged ponies! Pegasi...
CAUTION: HOT-TUB NUDITY
|THE PEGASUS CHILD: by Wayan; 1982/4/4, a dream of family diversity and spiritual advice
Dad's human, Mom's an owl-lynx, the kid's a baby Pegasus... and I, W.C. Fields, fat cynical drunk, am the babysitter...
|THE PERFECT MUSICAL GENIUS: by "Agnes"; before 1922, a Romantic romantic dream.
I'm to be martyred. I ask if the man I love can strangle me. Yes! I say farewell to our hermaphroditic genius baby...
|THE PLACE OF SPROUTING CORN: by Jenny Badger Sultan; 1989/1/10 & 1989/6/28, painting of two initiatory dreams.
I'm shown corn plants growing from skulls, and it seems like I must plant some skull-corn myself...
|POISONED!: by Wayan; 1994/6/20, three linked dreams.
Poison takes many forms, from attitudes to environmental by-products to actions done deliberately...
|POLYGAPO: by a Washington woman, fall 1951, a detailed unlikely predictive dream
I sat thinking "Now that boy will jump the fence"--and he did; "that boy will chase the dog"--and he did; "the girl will..."
|PONYBOY: by Wayan; 1982/12/9, a dream about the control room of dreams.
The child who runs with wild horses finds the secret spy-room of dreams! But no one's watching...
|PREEMIE; 1951/10/30 by an Oklahoma woman; a predictive dream
We were looking at our three-pound premature baby girl. Though tiny she was bright-eyed, active, perfect...
|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
|THE PRODIGY-ALLERGY LINK: by Wayan; 1994/7/21, a clipping and reactions
Child prodigies may develop allergies due to immunosystem damage from too much testosterone in utero...
|PRODIGY SUPPORT: by Wayan; 1994/7/21, a clipping and reactions
News of a child prodigy who was given the support I wasn't, triggers a flood of envy and bitterness...
|PUPPY: by Wayan; a set of 1984 dreamlets; 1989-1990 digital story-painting
A picture that freaks out even my friends. But its crudeness hid an unexpectedly subtle message...
CAUTION: SEX, BESTIALITY
|HIS RACIST SON: by Wayan; 1994/1/8, an incubated dream offering two diagnoses
Suddenly I hate and fear black kids in school! The counselor says I'm clinically paranoid: I need drugs! My dad says "How strange, how sad." And goes home to light a candle at his shrine to the Confederacy...
CAUTION: INDUCED RACISM
|RADIANT LIGHT: DREAMING IN THE HYPOGEUM: by Jenny Badger Sultan, 1999/5/15, 6/12 & 7/14, a painting based on 3 dreams
I'm in the Hypogeum, an ancient Maltese dream-temple. I join some women staging a ritual; a little girl draped in a web plays the role of an insect...
|RECURRING SCHOOL NIGHTMARE: by Julie Doucet; July 1995, a dream of... oh, read the title!
Trapped in elementary school, Julie is forced to study the alphabet until she declares "I'm a professional cartoonist, goddammit!"...
|RED LIGHT by Nancy Price; 1948, a predictive dream of the past!
I'm in my home town, but at two times at once! Murderous boys explain why: I died here in 1861...
|REGRESSION THERAPY: by Wayan; 2016/6/19, an incubated dream (answering a request for information)
I dream of a therapist who allows kids to regress to crying babies; they take weeks to re-mature to face the present. Will it work for me? Can't see why not...
|REQUIEM FOR GINGER: MAGNIFICAT: by Lily; 2008/1/31, a dream on facing loss.
I dream I’m telling a tall tale about a cat-funeral with hung-over mice pulling the hearse. But it all turns a bit too real...
|RESCUE FEVER: by Wayan; 1994/2/3, a dreamtale on rescue fantasies.
A refugee girl crawls into my bed. We become lovers. I protect her. But over time... am I holding her back?
CAUTION: ABUSE? OR NOT?
|RUNNER WITH A PORPOISE: by Wayan; 1999/10/30, a dream of spirits.
A Japanese high school athlete has no friends, till she starts meeting animal spirits on her long solo runs...
|SASQUATCH FOOTPRINT: by Roswila; May 1996, a dream-poem on the loss of wildness
I meet a female Bigfoot, who, to my surprise, quietly speaks my tongue. She's mourning the death of her infant son...
|SEARCHING FOR THE DEAD: by Acucena Q., 2007/3/4, a puzzling quest dream.
I searched rivers and lakes around the world for someone dead. But the living people I met were as strange as ghosts...
|SECRET SCREEN: by Wayan; 2018/4/19 and 2018/5/16, three linked dreamlets on escaping grim games
I let a friend talk me into being lookout as he steals a cult's secret papers. But I panic--know it'll soon go horribly wrong. Paralyzed by foresight!
Trying to master a game that freezes unplayably now & then, I discover a tiny button leading to a secret screen offering a second chance...
Trapped in a grim basement, two kids show me an exit door whose old, spotted, cobwebby glass can be walked through like air...
|A SEX KITTEN: by Wayan; 1999/1/29, an embarrassing dream.
A creature that's half kitten and half baby wants me to masturbate it... I'm reluctant, but when I do...
|SHIELDS FROM THE GODDESS: by Wayan; 38K total, 1996/8/3, a dream that's a slap in the face.
A Goddess-worshiping general gets a visit from her twin daughters who bring a puzzling message...
|THE SHIP'S BOY: by Wayan; 1996/12/1, a dreamtale.
Dinosaur people demand to take our Ship's Boy with them. But he knows them! They RAISED him?
|SHIRT GIRL: by Zooop and Wayan; 1993/10/17, a shared, embarrassing telepathic dream.
A fictional niece acting sexy in a shirt, plus... water balloons? I woke, and a friend told me HER dream...
CAUTION: DREAM INCEST, KIDS WITH GUNS, GENERAL WEIRDNESS
|SHRIEK ADOPTION: by Wayan; dreamed 2015/8/23, an illustrated dream-poem exposing self-sabotage
A man adopts two orphaned griffins with musical talent. But their previous guardians were so traditionalist & stifling the cubs want to BURN all their musical instruments...
|SILKY SHIELDS A VANDAL: by Wayan; 1994/8/6, a cautionary dream.
I'm a kid in a classroom someone's trashed. Our teacher goes ballistic. But was the gypsy girl framed?
|SILKY SINGS WITH WEREWOLF BOY: by Wayan; 1998; dream figures on bedspread, 5'x7'
My anima the singing horse was encouraging a shy werewolf boy to give it a try...
CAUTION: UNCLAD HORSE CHANTEUSE
|SNOT-BIRD FORGERY!: a gross dream by Samuel Pepys, 1667/6/29, and a nightmare by Thomas Macaulay, c.1857
Samuel Pepys dreamt of kidneystones, pee, come, & snot--or did he? Thomas Macauley dreams his niece confesses...
|SNOW STALLION: by Wayan; 1994/6/4, a tangled political/spiritual dream.
I'm a peace terrorist trapped in Squaw Valley, herded like a mare by a huge stallion made of snow...
And then the dream shifts and I blurt out the truth behind our idiotic waking world! And wake believing it...
CAUTION: MERMAID AND HORSE NUDITY
|SPECKLED EGGS: by Starvibes; 2008/6/16, a dream of intrigue.
I dreamed of speckled eggs, Caribbean drug traffickers and of almost drowning near a sinking boat...
|SPHINX UP A TREE 1 (BROWN): by Wayan; ink sketch 1983/2/26, digital tweaks 2001.
A preteen sphinx pleased with herself and her treebranch world...
|SPILL SPELL: by Wayan; 1995/9/30, a mini-dream.
I'm a Lapp boy in northern Finland, studying shamanism. So why do I pour coffee down a driveway?
|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...
|SPLASH!: by Wayan; acrylic, 12" triangle, late 2002; dream painting.
While I study how humans went extinct, my daughter happily splashes in the sea...
|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...
|STARFISH: by Marc Ian Barasch, c. 1985; a multileveled, doubly predictive dream
A sacred starfish piloting a Cessna plane survives a crash. But can it survive a boy's clumsy rescue efforts?
|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...
|SUN AND MOON: by Katherine Mansfield; 1918/2/9, a dream-story
I dreamed a short story--even its title. Not that I read it. No, I lived it, through the eyes of a 5-year-old...
|SUNLIGHT'S THE CURE: by Wayan; 1990/12/29, a dreamtale.
I find the cure for an alien plague, then visit the world it came from, to find it has a curious variant...
CAUTION: SEX CUSTOMS OF THE NEWT PEOPLE! MY COUSIN'S GAY WEDDING!
|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...
|THE SWEET WALL: by Wayan; 2011/5/8, a charming but mysterious dream vignette
A little girl plays on a swing in her yard. A shy young faun or satyr with a crush on her conjures up a strange gift: a translucent wall of candy...
|THE TAKEOVER: by Lee Olivier; 2004/6/28, a triple diagnostic nightmare
An alien is taking over our world, and I feel so helpless that even when I wake I want to just forget the dream...
|TALISMAN: by Wayan; 2016/3/3, a dream hinting I need some long-term dreamwork!
I'm a boy from a Southwestern tribe whose rite of passage is a bike race. I wear a jasper pendant with mysterious powers...
|TAROT: MINE CHILD: by Wayan; 31K. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1978.
Deep down in the strata inside you, gems lie waiting in the dark. Waiting for this child to dig them free...
|TELEKINETIC KIDS: by Wayan; 2017/9/8, a warning and exploratory dream
A black separatist commune hides two little girls who are psychokinetic. They fear I'll expose them. But I've spent my whole life passing too...
CAUTION: PARAPSYCHOLOGY, RACIAL SEPARATISTS
|THE THIRTIES REVISITED: by Maxine Kumin; late 1970s; a dream-poem
Dreams of my childhood--bootlegger dad, critical mom, gun-happy uncles, slaughtered squirrels, slaughtered Jews...
|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.
|TORCH-BEARER: by Queen Hecuba of Troy; c. 1220 BC, an alarming dream.
Hecuba dreams she gives birth, not to a child but a flaming torch! But she lets Paris live...
CAUTION: MORAL NO-WIN SITUATION
|TRANSFUSION by a New York woman; 1950s? (over a 5-year span), three predictive dreams
I dreamt of the Du Pont lab where I'd work, then the hospital where my sister-in-law would need a transfusion, then my of neighbor's coffin...
|TREMENDOUS FAMILY SAGA: by Jack Kerouac, mid-September 1952, a tender violent dream.
I try to protect the kitten from being strangled and girl geniuses from the depth charges; ...
|TRUE LOVE = CHOICE! by Ms. Mira; Jan. 2008, a dream-lesson on compassion and free will.
I'm on an alien world inside the minds of two women and a child struggling with moral choices in a civil war...
CAUTION: DEATH, LOSS
|TWO BISHOP APPLICANTS: by Wayan; 1984/11/21, a surreal but mercilessly logical dream.
My mind and my soul both apply for a job in Stanford Cathedral. Their rivalry grows to a shamanic duel...
|TWO POLLYS: by Lewis Carroll; 1879/5/15, a dream of psychological splitting.
With no sense of incongruity, I planned to take the child Polly with me to the theatre, to see the grown-up Polly act...
|UN-AMERICAN FANTASIES: by Wayan; 1996/7/19, a dreamtale.
The All-American Family visits the fabulous Un-American Fantasy Store, where Mom is in for a shock...
CAUTION: MILD NUDITY, LANGUAGE
|UNDER THE FUR: by Wayan, 700K total (5 p, 140K each), 1997/10/7; a color dream-comic
(or plain text version, just 10 K)
A strange creature slunk into our yard, carrying a skunk lunch. But she dropped her fur coat, and...
|UNIVERSITY OF THE SIERRA: by Wayan; 1975/10/30, a pun-studded dream poem
Jealous of newlyweds, I grind my teeth to splinters. But the Great Ice did that to Sierra granite, and that turned out fine...
|VERA AND HER PRIDE: by Bethany Sellers; 2005, a dream-portrait of an inner feline family.
I found myself in a whole pride of cat-people like me, each one representing some side of me...
|VICARIOUS ATONEMENT: by Anna Kingsford; 1880/1/31, an anti-shamanic dream
Kingsford meets a girl who burns herself as a protest. K flips out! She rants “This is wrong!” when help is what’s needed...
CAUTION: RANT MIDWAY YOU'RE BETTER OFF SKIPPING
|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...
|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...
|WHITE-FACED: by John A. Symonds; 1861/7/3, a mutation nightmare
My face was leprous white like parchment; my eyes shone with a cold blue eerie light. I shrieked "Papa, don't you know me?"...
|WHY ARE WE AFRAID TO DIE?: by Hopper; summer 2008, an astral-interview dream.
I meet a ghost girl and ask her about death. I figure she knows first-hand. And she tells me...
|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...
|THE WITCH-PIMPS NEXT DOOR: by Wayan, 2015/12/19, a creepy dream of a sex-slave
First I dream the neighbors are powerful witches offering dog-collared children to the local men. Later, on a train, I meet some kids who managed to escape...
CAUTION: CHILD ABUSE, NUDITY
|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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