Masks and Disguises
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|AHAB: by Wayan; 1994/1/10, a shaman reviews Moby Dick.
When I was a kid I was already a mystic and knew what Captain Ahab was REALLY after, but...
|AMERICAN TANKA: by Wayan; dreamed 1989/7/26, painting-poem-story on 30" disk, 1995.
I dreamed I circumnavigated the entire Buddhist wheel of existence in a single night...
|ANNIE, GET YOUR GOWN!: by Wayan; 1988/9/14, a comic dream.
I'm Annie Oakley, sharpshooter, facing something scarier than gunmen: a formal ball introducing me to my new husband's family--Austrian aristocracy! What's an American gal to do?
|THE BARRINGTON BUNNY: by Wayan; 1988/8/30, a world-saving alien-abduction dream
Alien robots kidnap me... and make me the mascot for a college football team. But my Channel Changer slowly infuses us all with nerdy trust...
|BEET: Five Dreams One Night: by Wayan; 2013/10/30, Halloween dreams as minipoems
Parasites, Rambo, giant beets (or fetuses?), an exhibitionist and a living statue advise me on my love life...
|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...
|BLUE LIPS, GOLD EYES, ORANGE JUICE: by Wayan; 1997/5/8, a dreamfable.
In a world where respectable men wear masks, an old, old man rebels in the crudest way he can...
|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...
|COOL: by Wayan; 1997/9/23, a waking-world street observation.
Suddenly I see the notion of "cool" as just another Euro theft. Being cool shouts "I'm insecure"...
|CORNER TORSO: by Wayan; 1996? A surreal sculpture.
A surreal statue of a naked body spilling out of the wall as if someone's caught between dimensions...
|DANCING WITH EMILY BRONTE: by Alice Sheldon/James Tiptree; 1943?, a lesbian literary love-dream
Alli/Tip could only imagine loving the strange, intense, and unavailable--and Bronte was all three..
|A DAUGHTER TO DOTE ON: by Thomas Madden; 2017/9/17, a dream on genderbending? Family values? Both?
My dad witnessed a mob killing; now our family must enter witness protection. But why is my new identity female? Well, my parents want...
CAUTION: WILLING OR UNWILLING DRAG?
|DEMON BUDGETING: by Wayan, 2011/9/27, a nightmare on letting things blow over
A demon invades our police station, takes over our captain and lieutenant, and pushes them to fight.
But I know demonic possession can't last long. Our copshow's special effects budget is too limited...
|DOCTOR WHO AND DEATH: by Wayan; 1984/6/30, a hopeful dream of betrayal.
Dr Who, that BBC perennial, allies with Death. An alarming turn-around! What's he up to?
CAUTION: NICE ALIEN GOES BAD?
|DREAM OF THE DANCE: by Jenny Badger Sultan, 2006/10/16, a dream-painting
After our trip to Turkey, I dreamed I was dancing in a heavy black robe like those the Turkish women wore...
|DREAM OF THE DANCING GODDESSES: by Jenny Badger Sultan, 1988/12/19, a dream-painting
I sneak into a dance rehearsal. Huge colorful cloth goddesses dance, while four fat women wearing only scarves weave round them...
|DREAMKU, JANUARY 2007: by Roswila; various dates up to January 2007; 31 dream-poems--some longer forms than haiku
A month of dreams full of science fiction: galactic navigation, spacedragons, oppressed fairies, alien love...
|EAGLE AND GEESE: by Penelope of Ithaka; c.1190 BC, a subliminal, self-interpreting dream
An eagle slaughtered my twenty geese. I wept until he spoke to me: "Take heart! These are thy suitors; I am thy husband..."
|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...
|FIREBIRD AND MINOTAUR: by Wayan; 1996/9/29, 4 images; a diagnostic dreamtale.
I'm a cripple watching a sexy Greek Opera starring Whoopi Goldberg. Then I realize I'm in it...
|(A DREAM OF) FRANCES SPEEDWELL: by Robert Graves; 1971?, a dream-poem
Decades ago, I was too shy to talk to Frances. Now I'm going upstairs with a girl who looks like her but...
|HAWKING COUNTRY: by Wayan; 1994/2/3, a quantum-level dream.
I read Stephen Hawking, and dream I'm in the Quantum Desert, full of bridges, holes, and loops--like the microstructure of spacetime. But it's not alien at all--it's HOME!
|THE HEAD FACTORY: by Wayan; 2014/8/24, a dream-poem on changing your mind
I toured a factory where they make the spare heads you put on and take off to change your mind. Nothing creepy about it, nothing at all...
|THE HEDGE KING: by Wayan, 1992/6/14, a gender-bent dream epic.
I change sex to infiltrate a sinister castle, unaware its Lord can spot a shapeshifter--being one himself...
CAUTION: A DISTURBING BEDSIDE MANOR. I MEAN, MANNER.
|HER FINAL EXAM: by Wayan; 2015/9/8, a dream of a goddess in hiding--and why
During our final exam, second sight tells me our dance teacher's really a Greek goddess in disguise. But she has her own final exam to face...
|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
|HIS MINE: by Wayan; 1985/12/2, a wild dream epic.|
I'm a hobbit seeking Henry Fonda's haunted gold mine, but I end up in a showdown in a shaman's bar...
|IS GOD GOD?: by Wayan; 1984/6/17, a dream of the school of hard knocks.
God watches over me--to slap me down. If God is even God. So I set out to learn about this jerk-God...
|A LOVE AFFAIR: by David B.; 1993/3/23, a 11-page comic of a dark dream
My lover's face is shadowed and we are never alone together. Things slip from film-noir to open nightmare when...
CAUTION: SEX, DEATH, GUILT
|THE MAD UNVEILERS: by Marie-Claude Girondé, early 2009, a dream painting.
The dancers, in a frenzy, stripped themselves. Not just their clothes; themselves...
|MARTHA'S FALL: by Barbara, Martha, and Wayan; 1977/5/18. Three linked warning, sex, and flying dreams
Wayan makes love to Martha's double, then sees her soul watching from the shadows...
Barbara can't reach Wayan to say farewell...
Martha falls off a mountain and decides to let herself die, just to see what happens...
CAUTION: SEX, ABUSE ISSUES
|MARTIAN AIRLOCK and JAGUAR MASK: by Wayan, 2015/6/22, twin shamanic not-quite-nightmares
Jaguar Mask: a shapeshifter who's gotten stuck in human form asks me to sew a new jaguar mask on her living face. "But won't it hurt?...
Martian Airlock: I'm on Mars without a suit. Freezing, choking, I dive into an airlock and slam the switch--but someone's sabotaged it...
|MARTIAN ROBOTS DRESS LIKE FREUD: by Wayan, 1975/8/16, an absurd dream... predicting my life-path?
Martian robots pester me. I flee through the Asteroids, leaving chaos, cratering Earth. Years later on my farm, a bot shows up disguised as Freud. I start mudslinging...
|MASK: by Wayan; 1989, digital painting of my dream-self in a day-situation.
I'm a unicorn in a life-drawing class, feeling more naked than the model...
CAUTION: CARTOON NUDITY
|IN THE MERMAID'S DRESSING ROOM: by Wayan; 100K, 1993/12/18; an evolutionary dream.
At Sea-Dragon State Park, I climbed down to the sea serpent's dressing room after the show, and found...
CAUTION: MERMAID BREASTS
|MUSICIAN AND FOXTAIL, by Wayan, 2009/2/14, a dream-poem, Dreamverse #40
In Palo Alto I meet strange musicians in the rain, and realize kitsune aren't born but made...
|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
|NEW LEVEL!: by "Julian"; 2006/5/22, 3 gamelike dreams in one night, two of them epic
My mom and I road-duel an alien beetle, then investigate a deepspace Marie Celeste; then I spy for the Angevin Empire to protect the Crown Jewels...
|NOSER: by "Anonymous #13"; before 1963, a predictive dream
An orange tiger with wolf ears jumped on me. I was surprised but not scared, as if it were just a big dog.
The next day, shopping, my daughter thrust an orange wolf-eared hand-puppet in my face, jaws open...
|ODE TO SPAM: by Wayan; 2007/10/11, a poem about the wonders of email
Softly snows the spam upon my lonely brain, quilting me in flounderdrifts. Shovel it again...
|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...
|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...
|POIROT AND THE DICKHEADS: by Wayan; 2010/3/11, a comic antilucid dream|
I'm detective Hercule Poirot, but I'm losing my case and my brain--because my story isn't by Agatha Christie, it's a knockoff...
CAUTION: PINK DILDO HATS
|PRAY: by Wayan; 1992? Digital nondream image--childhood memory?.
I don't know what this scene is about--but it's not a dream. A stage, I think. Something from childhood.
CAUTION: BARE BEAR
|RASPUTIN CLAUS: by "Sally Anne", 1990s?; a warning dream
Bob is at the window asking to be let into my house. He is dressed as Santa Claus; in fact, I think he is...
CAUTION: MURDER ATTEMPT
|REVELATION: by Anna Kingsford; 1885/11/27, a prophetic, almost messianic, dream.
Dreams and other revelations shouldn't be dissected--they need to be reveiled, not revealed...
CAUTION: INTENSE MYSTICISM
|SANTA CLUMP: by Wayan; 2009/9/16, a dream-poem; Dreamverse #54
I find myself sitting on toy trains and fake snow as I'm told a fable: how a herd of department-store Santas got lost in a blizzard...
|SELF-MADE COW: by Wayan; 2013/4/10, a surreal psychic dream.
I'm in Santa Cruz with my friend, a shocking-pink stuffed toy cow with sewed-on accessories: big red lips, a floral wig, and a third eye.
I wake, draw the cow--and my sister calls from Santa Cruz to sing me a song about...
|SHY NO MORE: by Wayan; 2008/8/13. A dream poem, Dreamverse #3
I play the lovers in a teen romance: shy abused boy, insecure girl. But I get tired of the script, and...
|SNAKE TREE: by Jenny Badger Sultan; 1989/10/31, dream painting reimagining Eden
A woman up a tree has white flaky stuff camouflaging her. It cracks and peels like snakeskin. What tree is this, exactly?
|SOUL RESTORED and RED ROBE OF INITIATION: by Wayan; 2016/12/4, twin dreams predicting deep change
MY SOUL RESTORED: To protect me as I grew up, someone swapped part of my soul for a piece of redwood-soul! But now that I'm grown...
RED ROBE OF INITIATION: I just came to play music, but they drag me up to the magic-school portal and drape me in this robe of...
|SPEAKING ABOUT ART WITH THE AFRICAN BEINGS: by Jenny Badger Sultan; 2002/1/19, a dream-painting of a dream about dream-painting!
I'm teaching an art class full of strange masklike beings. We debate art as spontaneous process versus art as planned product...
|SPRINTERS AND SPHINX: by Wayan; 2009/11/13, a dream poem.
Divers made of ice win the Traffic-Leaping Olympics. But did they cheat? I seek my friend the Sphinx...
|TEACHER-BIRD: by Wayan; dreamed 1986/9/7; a cyclic dreampoem
Seeking my lost teacher-bird, I dabble with the time machine in the basement. Oops! I summon Bigfoot. But the monster rips out her fur...
|TENNIS UNDER STRANGE CIRCUMSTANCES by Nancy Price; 1948, a comic frustration dream hiding a warning
Our tennis game's spoiled by rubber rackets, fierce grandmas, Good and Evil (those identical twins) and a bully on stilts...
|TIAMAT'S REBELLION: by Wayan; 1988/1/1, a dream about neoteny.
I read of a young healer in rural Indonesia harassed by the local mullah. I dream she leads a revolution on a starship...
|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...
|TRI-GUARDIANS: by Wayan; 2005/8/5, a stalking nightmare that peels away layers
Three men follow me through the Berkeley hills. But they're not men; they fly. They shapeshift into teenage archeologists...
... and then into pure energy-beings! "We don't care about you; we're watching another entity you let into your dreams."
Wait--I've got FOUR foreign entities stalking through my psyche?
CAUTION: ALARMING, IF TRUE
|UNDER THEIR MASKS: by Wayan; 2000/3/17, an ecdysiastic dream
Masked champions of Good and Evil fight, peeling off layers till they're elven-thin--what's left to hide?...
|THE UNICORN MASK OF IGNORABILITY: by Wayan; 2009/10/13, a dream poem with sketch; Dreamverse #59
My family home's invaded by ancient Egyptian architects. So I put on my unicorn mask and eavesdrop on their plans...
|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?"...
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