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|HOLY ZEN MONK: by Wayan; 1978/4/24, a dream of suicide as political protest
I'm a Zen monk riddled with holes from a weird disease the government denies is real. So as a protest, I stand naked atop a wall and let the air-sharks take me...
CAUTION: SURREAL SUICIDE
|NUCLEUS: by Wayan, 1979/3/18, a surreal psychologically insightful dream of the inside of an atom
I dream my theatre friends are particles dancing inside an atomic nucleus--particles that reveal their character, motivations and power. And I'm one too...
|SELF-POSSESSED: by Wayan; a 2000/7/10 dream of a ghost that may portend the future of the World Dream Bank itself
In a pizzeria, customers walk blindly through a ghost; briefly possessed, they echo his moods. But for such an insubstantial figure, he seems strangely stable...
|CORVI AND FEY: by Wayan; 2016/6/14, a shamanic dream of reuniting estranged symbiotes
I visit a world of ravenlike people, the Corvi, who banished their partners, the wish-granting Fey, thinking them parasites. I decide to meddle...
|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 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
|FLY-PARADISE: by Wayan; 1978/12/15, an automatic-writing poem that functioned like an advisory dream
I'm a fly lured to a bright but sealed window. The only way out is to ignore the light and brave the dark--and only when a door opens. Patience AND boldness...
|OFFICE NIGHTINGALE: by Wayan; 1982/9/21, a dream warning I'm in the wrong place
I'm a lonely bird flying in a glass office. Seeking friends, seeing reflections, I fly into windows. Ow! Only where no false friend beckons is there hope of escape...
|THE ERTHEDNI: by Wayan, 1977/1/8, three transformation dreams, the last with advice
1: I'm starving in a lush valley; a cult claims all the food, the water, even the air.
2: I'm drowning in a cage but find a corner with water I can breathe--just barely.
3: I'm a merman with a wise friend who hints I need to leave those who starve & drown me...
CAUTION: DOMESTIC BATTERING (OFFSTAGE)
|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...
|VAMPIRE TESTS: by Wayan; 2015/8/22, a lurid dream-response to a quiet day
Captain Kirk is testing vampire myths on a world where they don't bleed you dry. At the moment, three vamps are sitting in a tent in a sunny meadow, queasy but alive...
CAUTION: FINANCIAL VAMPIRES?
|EDITH KEELER: by Wayan, 1975/10/8, an incubated dream giving multiple answers
I asked my dreams to show me my Shadow--what I deny. It showed me at least FIVE! And in every time-branch, a runaway truck crushed me--the Truck of Ideology. Not that I seemed able to avoid it...
CAUTION: RECURRING DEATHS
|FUSE FOREVER: by Wayan, Late Dec. 1975 or early Jan. 1976, a cosmic/erotic dream?
Cops shoot at us, but my first lover Pat and I dive down a rainbow wormhole, making love and fusing forever...
CAUTION: BAD COPS, (non-explicit) SEX
|APPLY FOR PRIORITY: by Wayan; 2000/7/11, a dream about taking yourself seriously
While I was building the World Dream Bank, I dreamed a hacker told me some sites have secret, priority access from servers, and that I should apply...
|VERITY, TOO?: by Wayan; 2000/11/5, a comic nightmare with practical advice--if I avoid going all Freudian
Both my painting mentors turn on me! My mom accuses me of hereditary inferiority, then my teacher Verity sits on my head and says...
|THE CLARK RANGE, OR, THE HAND: by Wayan; 1975/12/1, a surreal dream prompting me to go lucid and still failing
High in the Sierra with some geologists, I stick my arm deep in a drillhole and feel something impossible--a living hand! Yet ...
|LION-GIRL TRIANGLE: by Wayan; 2000/12/11, an uncomfortable sex-dilemma dream, possibly predictive
I'm a betrothed teenager having to choose between mates, in an alternate Africa where lions are people--and occasionally adopt humans...
|SERAFINA AND RAM DASS: by Wayan; a 2000/11/6 dream anticipating an 11/9 experience with auras
A Finnish shaman/witch gives me a lesson in night flying; in the waking world I meet Ram Dass and sense him speak astrally before his body can get the words out...
CAUTION: HIGH MYSTICAL QUOTIENT; IF ALLERGIC, AVOID
|MERLOO'S BROTHERS: by Joost Merloo, two apparent psychic nightmares, 1943 and c.1946
Joost Merloo escaped the Nazis, but had two neurologically impaired brothers who couldn't be moved. On a troopship, he dreamed the Nazis burst into their ward...
|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...
|WALKER'S DREAM: by Madame C.J. Walker; c.1895, a prescriptive dream that cured the dreamer AND made millions
My scalp had an infection that just wouldn't heal. I tried everything. Then I dreamed I met a big, black man who advised me to use certain ingredients from Africa...
|GREEN RAY, BLUE WINGS: by Wayan, 1974/7/14, a joyful apocalyptic dream
High in the Sierra during a thunderstorm, I dream aliens steal the gold, and the sun's going nova. But Life wants us to conquer space, so we all grow wings...
|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...
|A SNAKE PROMPT: by Rebecca Solnit; before 2005, a brief but effective warning to pay attention
I remembered what I'd dreamed of the night before, a snake, and as I said the word to myself, I looked down and saw my right foot was poised to come down on...
|DANCE OF THE SUN: by Wayan, 1972/10/23, an epic mystical dream
I cross a hostile continent to a magic commune, fall in love with a flying girl who slaps a soul-spark into my head, and follow an alien goddess leading the Dance of the Sun...
|KRELKIN: by Wayan; 1974/10/9, an early piece on nonhuman figures recurring in dreams
My psych professor insists nature spirits faded as science rose. But I still dream of krelkins! Jasha is the one I know best...
|CIDER AND WINE: by Wayan; 1974/10/24, surreal Aspie character study (undream)
As the humans of my writing class meet in this Victorian home I turn off my filters and describe what I really see around me...
|SHARPSHOT: by Wayan; 1977/4/3, a surreal poem of a warning nightmare
When I was being battered, I dreamed where it would end if I didn't leave: dead wife, shot husband...
CAUTION: DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
|DAD SMASHES COPCAR: by Wayan, 1977/5/26, a warning dream physically enforced the next day
My dad drives recklessly, hits a copcar hard, smashing our front end. I wake knowing it says "Kay's a batterer. Leave her or I'LL be smashed." Later that day...
CAUTION: NIGHTMARE, BATTERING ISSUES
|FEMINIST GUNNERY CLASS: by Wayan, 1977/5/27, a clear warning dream I was just guilty to act on
I hid from my batterer Kay that day. That night, I dreamed I was the only man in a feminist gunnery class, learning to defend myself...
CAUTION: DOMESTIC BATTERING
|BALEENA'S GAME: by Wayan; 1974/1/26, a surreal dream with a practical point
I meet a whale-spirit who marries a man. He loves poker, but her sonar sees too much. Whale-spirits like another game...
|BISON AND SPINDLE: by Wayan; 2016/6/29, twin dreamlets of strange creatures
First, in a maze, I meet a huge bison with her calf; then, in a school gym, an even bigger alien, twiggy, spindle-shaped, mysterious...
|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?
|DRIVE AROUND SEEKING MY CAR: by Lily, 2017/4/1, an April Fool dream... hiding advice?
I drive around hunting for my car, but even though it's a bright red rental car I can't spot it anywhere. From my car. From my bright red car...
|WHALE BIKES TO HEAVEN: by Wayan; 1974/5/6, a shamanic double-flying dream
A road trip with no road--levitating over the Arctic Sea to meet the Whale Philosopher. Then it's time for us all to bike to the stars, leave this world behind...
|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
|WEREDOGS AREN'T RACIST: by Wayan; 1974/3/31, a surreal sarcastic dream
I'm a girljock waiting to see a movie when a weredog in line involuntarily shifts from dog to human, and a Berkeley radical takes offense...
CAUTION: SNIPPY ABOUT POLITICAL CORRECTNESS
|SAINT BARBIE: by Wayan; 2016/6/19, a dream of a meme we need
After a living Barbie doll dies while campaigning for niceness, I find myself invoking her to shock people into decent behavior: "In the Name of Saint Barbie!"...
CAUTION: BARBIE, UNICORNS, IMPLICIT TRUMP CRITIQUE
|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...
|SNAKE APOLOGY: by Wayan; 1972/6/24 or 25, a dream of a clever solution to a communication problem
I'm a snake person being hunted by the FBI. I can understand human language, but I can only hiss. Still, I find an indirect way to propose negotiations...
|CUTE-STUPIDS: by Wayan; 1974/1/15, poem & cartoon of a nightmare about a Tragedy of the Commons
Happy beer drinkers from the Now invade the Tower of the Future. Eggheads find idiots as lovable as kittens, and just can't eject them...
CAUTION: ELITIST; DISSES TRUMPISM
|FREEBIRD TOWER: by Wayan; 1975/1/10, a rebellious flying dream
I was a bird-girl, the pet of some rich, royal humans. I summoned a storm of birds, flooding the moat and driving out my owners...
CAUTION: BIRDGIRL NUDITY
|THE POWER BEHIND THE GODS: by Wayan; 1972/10/25, a dream about the benefits of universe-hopping
I meet the terrible Power Behind the Gods. I don't like it. So I get my squirtgun & shoot its butt. I jump to a different universe and the enraged Power follows me...
|SQUIRREL GIRL: by Wayan; 1973/10/19, a dream poem of love frustrated by rocket maintenance
Squirrel Girl and I try to find a private room, but Hal the mad computer from 2001 spies on us and our spaceship captain needs us to clean the ion tubes...
CAUTION: MILD SQUIRREL NUDITY
|ANGELS AND SHARKS: by Wayan; 1975/10/11, a surreal warning dream
I was an angel slipping through matter, who, like a shark, had to keep moving forever to breathe--stop and I'd drown in the world, lose myself...
|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...
|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?
|FLOATING HORSES: by Wayan, 1972/8/10, a flying/transformation dream advising patience
That day, I did bad art. That night, my friend & I get turned into levitating horses--though some of our fellow fliers are kinda creepy...
|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?
|BUT OUR CAT...: by Wayan; 1974/2/7, a dream haiku
I'd just gone off to college. I dream I'm back in my quarrelsome family's house--as they start World War Three in the back yard! But our cat...
|WHAT E.S.P. IS FOR: by Wayan; 2012/12/10, three linked dreamlets on my real nature and purpose
I dream ESP isn't just for oneself; then of a romance between a wolf singer & a deer guitarist; then that I'm furry too, and better accept it...
|LIE TO AVOID MURDER: by Wayan; 2016/3/3, a sex dream prompting nonsexual action
I'm in a love triangle with women symbolizing Hillary Clinton & Donald Trump. The latter wants me to KILL the former. I lie to avoid...
CAUTION: SLEAZE? OR A SLY WAY TO PROTECT VICTIM?
|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...
|FLUID REALITY: by Wayan; 1983/8/8; a magical dream-sea voyage that turned out to be predictive
A quest thru magic portals, snarky flower-fairies, redcoats marching undersea, reassembling bodyparts, living chess, Nosferatu the Vampyre...
|I ALSO DREAMED...: by Jack Kerouac, Summer 1958? an early dream of the world as a simulation.
I also dreamed the world was a mathematical abstract, like, by subtracting 740 from 1000 you got 260 which meant 'Egg' more or less, so if you wanted an egg you had the egg...
|THE FLYING HORSES OF MIEN MO: by Jack Kerouac, Nov/Dec? 1957, a persistent numinous image
I'm in Mexico. The mountain of the gods looms over Coyacan. Around it, silhouetted on the rising moon, wheel griffinlike winged horses wearing capes...
|PIKETTY'S CAPITAL IN THE 21ST CENTURY: by Wayan; 2017/1/19, my take on his controversial book
Thomas Piketty argues we obsess on income and ignore capital. My personal experience suggests he's right. Track wealth and tax wealth...
CAUTION: NON-DREAM RANT, ECONOMICS, HOW TO GET RICH SLOW
|VULTURE PEOPLE: by Jack Kerouac, 1962, a gross-out nightmare--and a warning?
The vulture people are fucking in the city dump. I end up their guest, given putrid food in their cold stinking house of rancid grease. I'll become a vulture too...
|TO GET DOWN FROM OUR APARTMENT: by Jack Kerouac, around Halloween 1957, a possibly telepathic dream of fear
My mom had to climb a ladder down the side of the Empire State Building; I'm told she fell and died. I later learn she...
|DEFENDING MYSELF BEFORE A JURY OF MEN: by Jack Kerouac, 1958?, a short transcendent advisory dream
I'm on trial. As I argue in my own defense, I float over the court! The jurors murmur "Why does he even bother protesting? He's beyond this world"...
|PHOTOS LURE SOULS: by Wayan; 2016/3/12, dream of summoning spirits
I'm photographing lifesize furry statues. How explicit, how sexy? If I get shots they like, souls will be lured to enter their bodies and bring them alive...
CAUTION: NUDE CREATURES
|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...
|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...
|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
|AMERICAN WIDOW: by Alissa Torres; February 2002, a dream of her husband lost on 9/11
High-voltage traces of our lust and love flowed through our mattress nightly... until one night when the power surged and overflowed. Then I felt you...
|HUNGER: by Robert Creeley; 1970s?, an advisory dream on keeping desire grounded
I'm at a long table. So many stews, so much rice! Soon we're stuffed. But some people yell for more! I ask the woman next to me "How could they still be hungry?" She says...
|FOR THE FIRST TIME: by Jack Kerouac, Nov? 1954, a lucid dream of escaping a rut
I've climbed a cliff and cower on the brink; but for for the first time I need not fall or retrace my dangerous path down. I know I'm dreaming, and wake...
|AT A CALIFORNIA CAMP: by Jack Kerouac, spring 1955, a nuclear testing nightmare
My family and I are prisoners in a camp that will be H-bombed so our remains can be studied. I write a Buddhist poem preparing for death...
CAUTION: GOVERNMENT ATROCITY THAT LATER TURNED OUT TO BE... KINDA REAL
|DEER VERSUS PIGS: by Wayan; 2015/5/20; a practical-joke pair of dreams. Or is it just a joke?
Deer-mares join our theatre class. Adorable! Then pig people. Not so adorable... I wake, sketch them, and hear voices--sexy singing deer on TV! Wow--my dream was predictive! And then I wake AGAIN...
CAUTION: FURRY NUDITY
|AIRPLANE DISASTERS: by Jack Kerouac, early Aug? 1954, a helpless-witness nightmare
An indestructible camera relentlessly shows me the feelings of passengers on crashing plane after crashing plane...
CAUTION: PAINFUL READING
|VAGUELY IN A SICK DREAM: by Jack Kerouac, late Nov. 1953, a dream of cooperative sacrifice
Us guys take turns getting pounded by this fist of cloud or parachute that must never hit the world. It hammers my skull and retreats, we laugh and switch positions...
|PAUL RYAN: by Maebh Hurley; 2016/8/14, a disgusted dreamlet
I was walking down a crowded hall at school when I saw the Speaker of the House talking with my chemistry teacher...
CAUTION: POLITICAL INVECTIVE
|IN WATSONVILLE CALIFORNIA: by Jack Kerouac, early Nov. 1953, a surreal dream warning about mooches
Flying green snakes swarm over Elkhorn Marsh. But my mom says "They're just cockroaches"---she's not fooled by my... friends?
|GABORS: by Jack Kerouac, late Jan. 1954, a dream of celebrity delusion
Starlets Zaza and Eva Gabor grow old shopping, smiling, covering their fears, until...
|MOLLY'S PROSTHETIC: by Wayan, 1994/9/22, a dream predicting a mood drug will fail
My dad's new wife is a collie. Naturally, she wants a prosthetic arm. But she has no site to bind it to...
CAUTION: FURRY NUDITY, LEERING BUSINESSMAN, DOG WIFE
|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...
|IRENE'S DREAM: parallel (linked?) dreams by "Irene May" and Jack Kerouac, c. Aug 9 1953
Irene tries to mold Francesca like clay to bring her back to life, and does--for a moment... Jack finds his brother Gerard dead and all Jack's words can't revive him...
|LIKE NOTRE DAME: by Jack Kerouac, early April? 1953, a bizarre dream
As the train pulled into the cathedral William Burroughs and I saw amid the pews the Hound of the Baskervilles transform into a great black bird and fly...
|WILDERNESS OF VIRGINIA: by Jack Kerouac, c. Oct. 1, 1953, a nightmare anticipating capitalist co-opting of the Beats
On the bus I feel horrified--how publishers will batten on the sufferings of junkey musicians---worth millions---unbearable...
|MA HAS GONE TO FRISCO: by Jack Kerouac, late June? 1953, a back-in-school dream ending in revelation.
I walk the corridors smiling, realizing for the first time that I don't have to go to high school---because I'm a great writer...
|I WANTED TO STEAL A PINK WOOLEN SWEATER: by Jack Kerouac, early November? 1952, a class-envy dream.
I wanted to steal this pink woolen sweater. But I didn't need a sweater. What I really wanted to steal was middle-class security...
|THEY'RE HANGING THE POLITICAL TRAITOR: by Jack Kerouac, late Sept. 1953, a dream of his broken-spirited dad
They're hanging the political traitor in my closet. I stand horrified. The old man's resigned--no complaint. It's my father, I now realize...
|SILKY AT THE GATE: by Wayan; 2016/2/26, dream of a statue come alive
My girlfriend, a lifesize doll in the shape of a feline centaur, gradually turns alive, walking around on her own and flirting with me...
CAUTION: NUDE CAT-TAUR
|DESERT SLAVERS: by Wayan; 2015/5/29; a grim dream replayed a bit better
A Mohave Desert gang of slavers catch my family. I escape on a bike but its chain breaks. Stranded. Replay! And this time I have a gun...
CAUTION: GANG, SHOOTING
|FINALLY I'M AN OLD WHORE: by Jack Kerouac, Jan/Feb 1953, a burnout dream... or his fears for the future
Finally I've turned into an old whore... a silly Jack Kerouac whore with that same old tired old gasafaycagoo...
|THEN I REVISIT SELMA CALIFORNIA: by Jack Kerouac, late October 1952, a dream with an intruding predictive element
Strange wide brown houses are on the train tracks. I flirt with an oil heiress and dream of money till a knock wakes me--our train's moving out.
Later that day, as we pass through San Mateo, I see them on the rails, ready to roll--the first prefabricated ranch homes.
|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
|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; ...
|GIGANTIC SAND MOUNTAINS: by Jack Kerouac, early Sept. 1953, a dream of work vs seeking happiness
Perched on a huge sandpile by the train track, I wrote. Then met a narcissistic hipster chasing happiness and sex. But this globe's austere & full of hurt...
|NOUVELLE BARBIE BODS: by Ellen Frank (Patagia), 2012/12/22, a playful poem on a dream-diorama
I visited my friend Chris Wayan's workshop and found him building a dance troupe of joyfully obscene centaurs, out of Barbie dolls...
|I'M AT MY RAINY MORNING WORKDESK: by Jack Kerouac, late Aug? 1954, a lucid dream-prompt missed
I look down by the dock and see the Navy vessels anchored in the bay and the crowds of sailors walking on the water towards the land...
|TELEPATH COUNTRY: by Wayan, 2010/5/25; a weird dream image heralding drastic change
I'm on the border of human territory. Beyond is the land of the unnerving Telepaths, each one different but every one creepy...
|THAT GORGEOUS BLONDE DANCING BARE-BREASTED: by Jack Kerouac, mid-October 1952, a sex-fantasy dream that shifts backstage
In Charlotte, North Carolina they want to lynch this magical blonde for dancing. I protest. As she leaves town, glamour off, she tells me...
|DINO YARMULKE: by Wayan; 2015/10/13; an odd little dream and portrait
I carelessly burst in on a friend, a gay dinosaur, during a Jewish holiday rite, startling him so he raises his spiny crest, levitating his yarmulke...
|IN A STRANGE LIVINGROOM: by Jack Kerouac, late August 1952, an advisory dream.
June admired this forgotten philosopher Plipias or Snipias, who wrote 'Never go on strike against man'...
|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...
|I GUESS IT WAS MY BIRTHDAY PARTY: by Jack Kerouac, early October 1952, an epic frustration dream with transcendent advice
My party's a slow boho disaster. Conversation, booze, pot, sex--nothing works out. What will my mom think? And then, working at the office, I get the Message...
|VIXENTAUR: by Wayan; 2005/7/8, with 2016/10/25 followup; dream-inspired sculpture; 10 pics
Mixing two dream-motifs, I imagine an odd fox-taur people with intricate reproductive patterns--up to four parents each!
CAUTION: NUDE FOX, WEIRD SEXUAL CUSTOMS
|LOUSY DREAM: by Jack Kerouac, early Dec? 1952, a rage-filled nightmare
In America the woman has the Police State Telephone in one hand and My Child swathed in incredible bills in the other... Ah, Kafka, you never had it so good...
CAUTION: LANGUAGE, MISOGYNY
|BED VORTEX: by Wayan; 2002/10/24, an abstract Halloween portrait of the hypnogogic state
I sculpted a plaster abstract, then realized it wasn't. A vortext of boiling bedsheets, faces, hands, hints of bodies...
|SUNDAY, 4 A.M.: by Elizabeth Bishop; c. 1960, a sneaky dream poem
Bishop is being driven mad by insomnia... until predawn birdsong wakes her, and she discovers she's been dreaming of insomnia... maybe.
|THE WEED: by Elizabeth Bishop; before 1946, a dream-poem on death/rebirth
I was dead. A weed grew from my heart; then two streams poured out--not water or blood but experiences. I asked the weed what it was doing, and it said...
|FIGURE DRAWING: RAIN!: by Wayan; 1982/7/26, figure studies in pastel & watercolor
Playful girl steps out in just her translucent yellow raincoat, clear boots & red umbrella as a shower ends & the sun comes out. Dreamlike, but not a dream!
|FLOO PORTAL: by Wayan; 2015/12/4, a dreamlet-poem of stepping beyond boundaries
I live in a huge half-hotel. The only way into the other half is through a fireplace. It's forbidden. But one woman steps through the fire--do I dare follow?...
|LEBBIRD ECSTATIC: by Wayan; 2006/8/20, not-quite-dream sculpture; 7 pics
A sensual moon-worshiping flying feline who'd inevitably evolve in certain Pegasian solar systems...
CAUTION: NUDE LEOPARDESS
|SPHINX IN HEAT: by Wayan; 2006/8/20, terracotta dream-statue
Trying to sculpt a dream-figure acting blatantly sexual teaches me it's as hard to show lust as supposedly subtler feelings...
CAUTION: NUDE SPHINX
|EYE AND I by Wayan; 1999/11/15, a drawing that shifts me into a new way of seeing
I met a colorblind artist with an amazing grayscale sense. He inspire me to draw a huge eye full of abstract shapes in gray, trying to see his way...
|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...
|ASTAIRES: by Wayan; 2015/11/17, a dream about... the Web?
A host of Fred Astaires dance mid-air, then pound on typewriters (caught like flies) in a huge spiderweb, typing randomly forever...
|TERTIARY INFECTION:by Wayan, 2016/4/28; a therapeutic/advisory dream of a helpful disease
Flying saucers land, and give us weird compulsions. I catch an unusually mild case, a tertiary infection, and find I'm actually better off...
|A VIOLIN DEATH: by Wayan; 2015/11/24, a nightmare (vaguely) anticipating a real-life massacre.
A fiddler has recurring dreams warning he'll be run over with his violin. He reluctantly sells to a friend, and jams with him only in the woods, away from cars. But...
|FOAM, FURS, DREAMS: by Wayan; 2012-16, a blog + 170 pics; dozens of dreams guide me to sculpt huge furry dream statues.
Dreams urge me to build life-size dream creatures with fur, joints, muscles & bones, then to heal myself by mating with them...
CAUTION: FETISHISM, FURRY NUDITY & SEX
|FIVE HOUNDS, FIVE DEFENSES: by Wayan; 2015/9/18, an explicit advisory dream--plus a little telekinetic sabotage
Five agents hound me. Literal hounds--in trenchcoats. They stand for my five worst life-troubles. Luckily, they can't cooperate--they're from rival agencies! And the dream spells out what works against each one...
|WISH-RATIONED EARTH: by Wayan; 2015/6/19; an advisory dream on...miracles?
I'm stranded on an alternate Earth under strict rationing--of wishes! Yet you need to wish a little to keep the system greased...
CAUTION: INSULTS BOTH CAPITALISM AND ASCETICISM
|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!
|SPIRIT CHORUS: by Wayan; dreamed 2016/2/8, a curative dream
I drum on an ocarina-gong in the dark. My weird music summons a choir of fierce angels, who send a wave of tingling energy surging through me...
|THE CENDANCERS: by Wayan; 2011-16, a five-year, 32-figure sculpture project with 250+ pics
A wild troupe of sexy, surreal, centaurlike dancers mostly built from Barbie dolls...
CAUTION: EXPLICIT NUDITY, FUR, BARBIE
|KICK THE FAERIE BELL: by Wayan; 2015/8/20, a busy, bizarre dream-poem whose message is hid in plain sight
I'm a courier with a message for the Faerie Queen. Can I avoid all these colorful, sexy, crazy distractions, and focus on the Studio and the Gong?
|MUIR AND BUTLER: by John Muir, August 2-4 1869; an intuition acted on.
Sketching on North Dome, thinking only of the glorious Yosemite landscape, I was suddenly possessed by the notion that my friend, Professor J. D. Butler, of the State University of Wisconsin, was below me in the valley...
|AICORN'S BANANA: by Wayan; 2016/6/13, a dream-parable on owning your (weird) tastes
An artificial intelligence acquires fans and has orgies with her groupies. Her creators don't care as long as the advertisers get product placement. But she has this size fetish...
|RAIN OF PLATONIC IDEALS: by Wayan; 2015/1/20, an absurd dream image done as a short poem
Strange beings from the realm of Platonic Ideals rain down like meteors on San Francisco. I work as a tour guide, teaching the newbies not to step in front of a bus...
CAUTION: CRUSHED IDEALS
|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...
|ANTELOPE GIRLS: by Wayan; 2015/1/2, a dating-advice dream for the traumatized
All the runaways and homeless girls in town start calling themselves antelopes. I bring home an antelope date. But my mom, who looks like my Reaganite gramma, sees a literal antelope...
|MY SYMBIOTES: by Wayan; 2015/2/8, a dream describing two sensory channels
I have symbiotes--a dragonlynx and some flannan, like micro-angels with birdfeet and antennae. They embody a sixth and seventh sense...
|CREATURE BECOMES CREATOR: by Wayan; 2015/2/5, three linked advisory dreams on world trends
A weird little forest god raised me from an ordinary deer to someone passing for human. But World War 2 killed my god, and now I'm growing into...
CAUTION: NUDITY, CROSSBREEDING
|GOOEY DICK: by R. Moreau; c. 2015/12/25, c. 2016/3/12, 2016/3/26, a recurring ambivalent sex dream
I keep dreaming I have sex with my friend Connor, then notice a wound on his dick oozing white gunk. He says it's common, from...
CAUTION: SEX, WEIRD GENITALIA
|JASHA EXPLAINS DEATH: by Wayan; ca. 1974/10/1; a 10-page painted comic with recurrent dream figures
Deep Duck's interview with Jasha the Krelkin turns strange as she urges rebellion against human restrictions... like mortality itself.
CAUTION: REDWOOD-SPRITE SEX, PEEING ON TREES, DRUNK DUCK
|THE DOOR THROUGH DEATH: by Wayan; 1981/10/25; a Greco-Egyptian nightmare poem
At death's door, my friend lets Cerberus devour her, so I can enter death's pyramid alive and expose the truth about the afterlife...
CAUTION: FATAL DOG ATTACK
|DEER AND WOLF MYSTICS: by Wayan; 2015/2/1; an odd peacemaking dream
The wolf and deer people are getting along well--a relief since I like both. But can wolves learn from deer how to open their third eye?
|ATTAHUAH: by Jamie Sawyer; summer 2015, a postapocalyptic lucid dream of vengeance
Four guys plot to enslave my girl and kill me; I have lucid powers, and kill them instead. My girlfriend Attahuah gets poisoned, but...
CAUTION: VIOLENCE, DECEIT
|THE MAGIC OF WRITING: by Diana Wynne Jones; 1974, '82, late '83, winter '84, and '87; incidents of prediction, or causation?
What I write in my books and think I have made up has a creepy way of coming true. I noticed it first over The Ogre Downstairs...
CAUTION: DISTURBING INVOLUNTARY MANIFESTATIONS
|SO GUARDED A SKIN: by Wayan; dreamed 1983/6/11, a dream of a Freudian... blurt?
An art critic asks me what I think of a sexually explicit nude, and I open my mouth and blurt practically the opposite of what my conscious thinks...
CAUTION: NUDE SKETCH
|TOWER OF THE MARTIAN DEAD: by Wayan, 1983/7/7; a dream-poem of an exo-Valhalla
Climbing a mountain on Mars, I reach a hall where I'm transformed into a cryophilic being. Then I feast on methane soup with the heroic Martian dead...
|MOM POPS: by Wayan; dreamed 1983/8/5, a dream of what happens when you defy your inner pessimist
The flood sickens my fuchsia bush. My mom says my fuchsia is hopeless, but I make up a treatment. When it works, well... read the title.
CAUTION: PUNS, EXPLODING MOM
|FANFARE FORESEEN: by Wayan; 1983/7/7, a dream anticipating an unlikely event by just half a second
He turns on the radio, and a moment later a loud horn section rings out. A rich fanfare. I wake shocked--because the horn chorus isn't just in my dream ears...
|GUILLOTINE: by Louis Alfred Maury; 1865, a dream researcher's own famously inexplicable dream
They led me to the guillotine. As the blade struck my neck, I woke to find the blow was real; my headboard had come loose and fallen on me...
|TITAN: by Morgan Robertson, 1898; a fiction that came uncannily true
14 years before the Titanic sailed, Robertson wrote of a great liner, the Titan, with three thousand people aboard, that strikes an iceberg and sinks in the North Atlantic...
|HERE COMES A CHOPPER: by Wayan; 1983/6/20, an absurd nightmare on families and denial
The helicopter over our family home dipped too low. CRASH! Burning rotors in the living room. I call 9-1-1, but the pilot scolds me! "Calling over a little explosion like this!"...
|FROGWOMAN MARCH: by Wayan; 2000/11/26, poem of a surreal but almost plausible dream.
Two protesters, under the weight of full scuba gear and flippers, waddle toward City Hall--the first steps of a transcontinental march. Or stagger...
|NIGHTMARE TRANSUBSTANTIATION: by Wayan; 2015/2/10; a gross-out nightmare that turns out to be predictive
I'm in a basement, forced to enact a ritual where I must mate with, then FEED on, a flayed creature... I wake shaken, open a random book--and it describes the rites of Epona...
CAUTION: BESTIALITY, MATE-DEVOURING
|GOD DRESSED YE, MARE: by Wayan; a Christmas carol misheard 1968/12/25 & drawn 2008/6/28 ; surreal comix
At 15 I misheard God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen and liked my version better. "Lit muffin, rude Esmé"...
|THE BATTLE FOR THE RAI DRAGON: by Rikutsu; 2015/12/6, a dream flagging that change is possible at last
In a corrupt world, a talisman called the Rai Dragon offers hope of real change--IF it can be found, AND used by someone decent-hearted...
|UNICORN STAIN-GLASS WINDOW: by Wayan; 1983/4/28, a subliminal dream? Or predictive?
The stained-glass unicorns were stunning, sexy... but veiled by a bland, tasteful, floral inner stained-glass window...18 months later I saw the window...
|TAKE UP YOUR PENN; Dreamed 2015/12/18 by John Wallace; a sly dream
Illusionist Penn Jillette pulls a large-scale prank with an ending not even I see coming...
|DOG BITES CAT: by Wayan; 2015/2/17; a grating dream-poem
I get bullied into dogwalking, but he's a vicious mutt--leaves a cat bloody. You'd think a talking dog would listen. But Cheney...
|LAPUTANS LECTURE BROBDINGNAG: by Wayan; 2014/10/1; a dream that resents being patronized by the waking mind
We ride on a flying saucer made of stone. Atop the great cliffs, we meet a giant and advise him not to slip. He doesn't like advice from little alien tourists...
|I DREAM OF... ME: by Linda Medley; 1990 or 1991, a dream-comic inspiring (and shaping) her life-work, Castle Waiting
I wake in a hobbit-hole. My love looks worried. What's wrong wiith me? A badger takes me to see wizard Sean Connery, who gives me feathers to eat, and I become...
|FIGURE DRAWING: SILKY ON FUR: by Wayan; 1983/6/18, an undream crayon sketch blending photo & memory
A model lying on fur in gold light. But she was pouting in that seventies way, so I found myself drawing the face of a childhood friend instead...
|WHIPPING NIGHTMARES: by Jamie Sawyer; 2014/9/3; non-lucid yet lucidlike dream
Attacked on the ground, in the air, even in space, I fight back effectively. I'm not lucid, yet in all my dreams now I have real power...
|HALF'S HARD: by Wayan; 2014/11/24, a frustration dream hiding a diagnosis and prescription
A moonlit field of broken sculptures, a welder with an erection making welding unsafe, and a steel panther longing to be whole--and loved...
CAUTION: KINKY SCULPTUROPHILIA
|EMBARKATION, or, THIS PORTAL COIL: by Wayan; 2013/8/28, a magical dream on dreams
A spiral pillow-path leads to an astral portal. But creatures arriving and departing jam the same path! Squeeze by, hop over, apologize... flirt?
|KAKALEA: by Wayan; 2012/7/23 (ongoing); a good world on a bad hair day
We search for exoplanets whose stats are Earthlike. But mass, chemistry, warmth and air do not a biosphere make! Geography alone--the mere placement of lands and seas--can also make a world lush or barren...
CAUTION: CENTAUR BARBIE NUDITY
|TRAUMDEUTUNG; before 1983, by Charles Gullans, a poem telling a dream that warns of... what?
I was walking on an endless plain, upright and tense, walking beside you, hurrying. What were we doing on the burning plain? What war...
|ENCHANTED GLASS; before 1983, by Charles Gullans, a long philosophical poem on a recurring nightmare of shapeshifters
Their bodies shift, and alter. Antlers sprout upon their heads. They are men from whom much has been taken, and to whom something so terrible is grafted...
CAUTION: RAMPANT PHILOSOPHY, HUMAN SUPREMACISM
|HITLER'S GETTING CRISPR: by Jennifer Doudma; fall 2015, a nightmare on CRISPR, a gene-editing tool, by a leading researcher
It was Hitler. He had a pig face, and he was taking notes. He said 'I want to understand the uses and implications of this amazing technology'...
|LEATHER BOYS: by Sunshine; 2015/3/17, a Lovecraftian dream
Leather boys flap down from the sky, feeding from giant mustard pots. We fight them with honey and boomerangs. We do what we have to.
|ICEBERG WRANGLERS: by Wayan; 2015/8/4, an otherworldly dream-poem
Captain Ahab's students are better ice wranglers than I'll ever be--wrestling near-invisible bergs round to lucky postures...
|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...
|THE ONION: by Sunshine; 2015/3/16, a magical dream voyage
My love and I steal the only onion in the world! To make our getaway we sail to the edge of the earth, and off...
|CROCODILE DREAM: by Ellen Frank; 2015/10/5, a nightmare-poem on recklessness
Closer I edge to admire their scales, the glint of their teeth, and shape of their tails. They cast a strong spell--I can't hold back...
|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
|ISLAND LOVERS: by Sunshine; 2015/9/14, a horror-film dream gone soft?
They sneak off from the party to have a thresome, but monsters come through a portal and try to harvest their organs! Except they're all inept...
CAUTION: SEX (OFFSTAGE)
|THE FOUNT OF CANADIAN WISDOM: by Wayan; 1982/11/17; a dream-poem on miracles. Stupid miracles.
A Jungian figure dispenses Wisdom. Overdosed, I try to shut him up by manifesting money out of nowhere. But nothing shuts up the Fount of...
|HITLER'S ROOST: by Wayan; 1983/2/14, a grim dream-poem, probably about a serial molester
I built a Bavarian treehouse with a great view, hoping Hitler will steal it. Yes! Now he's exposed to Allied spy planes--and assassination...
CAUTION: CHILD-MOLESTING THERAPIST
|BUGS AND ROOSEVELT: by Wayan; 1982/5/2, a wild comic predictive dream told as an illustrated epic poem
I become Bugs Bunny and torment Daffy Duck till I learn that in many time-branches the New Deal happened late or never. I decide to prod a reluctant Franklin Delano Roosevelt...
CAUTION: FIRESIDE PETTING, DUCK TORTURE, BAD POLITICS
|LEOPARDS AT THE FRINGE: by Wayan; 2014/3/28; poem of a cryptomnesic species-bent thespian sex dream
I'm at the Fringe Festival, onstage in a Performance Orgy, playing two roles: a leopard with human pets and a leopard's human pet. But I'm not quite playing...
CAUTION: STAGED ORGY
|SULFUR GROTTO: by Wayan; dreamed 1988/8/30, a psychic genderbent rescue-dream
I'm a teenage girl diving for treasure. In an eerie coral grotto reeking of sulfur I spot a diver in trouble... and wake to find the grotto is real..
|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
|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...
|CAIRO GIRL: by Wayan; 2008/2/18, a feverdream shifting from nightmare to joy
I'm lost in the angry streets of Cairo. But I meet a purple-haired goth-girl with moth antennae: a jinni, who's working for longterm change. She takes me home...
CAUTION: MOTH NUDITY
|A HISA ON OLYMPUS: by Wayan; 2014/6/15, a dream on the need to slow down
I'm a hisa, a primitive alien who solves a high-tech crime for the humans. Then I hike home, step by step, down a great shield volcano. Because shuttles leave your soul behind...
|RUNAWAY MOONS: by Wayan; 2011/4/6, an absurd nightmare poem
New moons appear. I try to mash them into a spare Earth, but botch the orbits. So now, runaway moons rumble down a steep San Francisco hill...
CAUTION: ALWAYS SET PARKING BRAKE
|BUTTERFLY WOLF: by Wayan; 1982/8/15, poem and paintings of a dream job--and dream lover?
I help run the Dream Hotel, a giant mushroom with grand forest views. It's the off season, and our only guest is this lovely butterfly-wolf girl...
CAUTION: NUDE WOLF
|REINCARNATION, or, SUPPOSE: by Wayan; 2015/7/10, an undream poem
These days I'm doubtful about both an afterlife AND utter extinction. Was Shakespeare wrong about what gets buried, what lives on?
|PLUM CRAZY: by Wayan; fall 1973, an early surreal but nondream poem
Plums float through the autumn air, sending us airmail kisses. If we'll accept delivery...
|MOOD ELEVATOR: by Wayan; dreamed 1982/5/12, a surreal/comic dream-poem warning of one side effect of happy pills
Dinner with the Lightbulb Heads. When we leave, the Mood Elevators welcome us, but won't let us out! And in the struggle to escape, heads will roll--and shatter...
CAUTION: HARSH WORDS ON WESTERN MEDICINE
|BAREFOOT: by Catshall; c. 2014/12/14, a dream-haiku on the drought
I dreamt I walked barefoot on newly fallen snow...
|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...
|AIRPLANE WITH BORN: by Catshall; c. 2014/11/8, a double dream-haiku on the state of American politics?
I dreamt of an airplane with born again pilot. I challenged him: "just because you're rich doesn't mean you can run things"...
|TRICERATOPS, or, THE GUY WHO SCRIPTS MY DREAMS:by Wayan, 1982/8/24; a dream about dreaming!
Dropped into a horror movie, I get to meet the triceratops-headed monster who scripts all my nightmares. But I might have more control than I think...
|PEAK PORTAL: by Wayan; 2014/8/27, a dream-poem on half-conscious shamanic possession
At a strange gate between worlds with high and low sea levels, a meddling spirit prods me to clear a path for a salt torrent between...
|THE COUNTRY OF THE DEAF: by Wayan; 1982/7/18, a dream poem with stunning Freudian typo
I'm forced to come out to my mom. Not that I'm gay; that I'm psychic, and find the roar of the mind-deaf unbearable. But Mom's selectively deaf...
CAUTION: ESP SKEPTICS WON'T RELATE
|PASSIONVILLE: by Wayan; 1982/7/10; a surreal dream written as poem
We're stuck in an empty town whose streetnames are all emotions. And they change. Rage becomes Giggle. Tedium, Terror. Detours, detours...
|TOWARDS BREAK OF DAY: by WB Yeats and Georgie Yeats, Dec. 1918; simultaneous dreams sharing not image but mood and theme
Yeats sees but cannot touch the waterfall he loved so in childhood; Georgie, the magical white stag in King Arthur...
|CAT WHO TURNED: by Catshall; c. 2014/9/29, a dream-haiku
Dreamed of a cat who turned into a man. when you rubbed...
|IO: by Wayan; 2007-2015, a model of Jupiter's moon Io
I'm fascinated by Io's feverish colors and tumultuous landscape, so I sculpted a detailed portrait and came to some conclusions about what I'm seeing...
CAUTION: AMATEUR SCIENCE, OH NO!
|FRISCO GONE: by Catshall; c. 2014/10/23, a nondream haiku on a flooded city
old Frisco gone, high-rise condos obscure the view: hives for techie...
|LOCKED ROOM: by Catshall; c. 2014/10/6, a dream haiku on a classic Jungian dilemma
Dreamt of locked room, door-knob fell off in my hand when I...
|CRESCENT CAT: by Wayan; 2011/2/17, a painting critiqued by a dream
My dream critiques a non-dream artpiece. Does it only count as dream-art when your dream urges changes, or is creativity partly knowing when to stop?
|SNOWDRIFTS: by Catshall; c. 2014/11/5, a dream-haiku on the drought
I dream of snowdrifts too deep to get back home, even though...
|SHOUT IN A CROWD, or, How to Survey Galactic Civilization: by Wayan; dreamed 2014/4/15, a dream exposing what my brain's up to when I forget my dreams!
I wander the galaxy in my dreams, finding and testing crowds to see if anyone reacts to the sound of English or Chinese. One in a thousand does! This implies...
CAUTION: SCIENCE AND SHAMANISM DON'T MIX (or do they?)
|STEPMOTHER: by Catshall; c. 2014/9/24, a dream-haiku about revenants
I dreamed my stepmother moved in with my dead grandparents...
|KITSUNE (FOX-GIRL) BY MOONLIGHT: by Wayan; 2002/5/1 dream, 2003 experimental painting
In a Japanese house I met a charming red-headed girl and had this weird urge to scratch her ears. Oh! She's a kitsune!...
|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?
|WALRUSHMORE: by Wayan; 1982/1/8; a punning dream image
In my sister's house I saw a magazine cover showing that famous national monument in the Black Hills: Mt Walrushmore...
|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!"...
|THE FUR SIDE, or, GESTELLA: by Wayan; 2013/7/2; a dream-critique of a feminist fable
After reading a fable about a murdered werewolf, I dream a tough old woman with yellow eyes joins our school lunch table, where the furry minority sits...
CAUTION: CRITIQUES SUSAN PALWICK
|FALCON AND FÜHRER: by Miriel; 1985/7/31, an epic flying/transformation dream
A mysterious "Führer" hypnotized all my companions. So I become a human-sized falcon and hunt him...
|SILKY'S INVERSION: by Wayan; dreamed 2014/4/24, a surreal painting of a surreal dream of a surreal painting
My anima, a black mare, is upside down, hanging on the ceiling! Rears downward. And she's changed sex! Not a mare today, a stallion! A gay, humanophilic stallion...
CAUTION: VERY QUEER FLIRTATION
|THE GEYSER: by Wayan; 2014/3/22, a mock Dickinson poem on a dream telling us what to be
I dream my sister has an epiphany--we should relax, blur our boundaries, and just be sloppy Geysers of Good. Surprisingly, my financier mentor agrees...
CAUTION: DECLARES CAPITALISM OBSOLETE
|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 ARRIVAL: by Elizabeth Gibbons, 2014; a spiritual dream about dreams
I'm a priestess from an island of women; I meet an angel who charges me to harvest all the dreams of the world...
|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
|NO ROOM ON THE MOON!: by Wayan; 2014/7/7; poem of a frustrating surreal dream
I want to catch a crescent moon home--Muni's been buying up old moons and running them across town--but tourists reserved all the seats...
|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)
|EYE OF TOOTH, or, THE SCORE: by Wayan; 2014/1/28, a cryptic dream prescription
I'm a time-traveling revolutionary seeking a coded message from Pancho Villa. I find it in a music score... but what's an Ojo de Diente? When I wake...
|EXECUTE ME!: by Wayan; 2014/1/27, a harsh revolutionary dream
I'm condemned to die for fighting a regime that's killed my minority with impunity for centuries. I have no regrets. They'll hesitate now, knowing they too can die...
|FIRE-CATS: by Wayan; 1981/10/10; twin dream-poems on over-discipline
I EXECUTE a forest-fire-fighting cat for mere disobedience! So next I'm stuck in a security-obsessed job; how do I like it? I flee...
|GREG'S GIFT: by Sheila and Trish, reported by Janis Amatuzio; June 1995, three dreams (?) of a ghost
A woman dreams of her boyfriend recently killed in a car crash. Unremarkable so far. But he also haunts his ex-babysitter, two thousand miles away, who had no idea he'd died...
|A WIFE OR A GHOST: by Justin Masi; 2014? a surreal dream-painting-prose-poem on grief
My sister's fiancé Billy died a year ago. I didn't realize how deep the grief ran till I dreamed...
|LET GO THE SAFE: by Wayan; 2014/2/6; poem of a lucid flying dream
I'm pushing a safe off a roof in Berkeley so it won't be pushed off the roof (yep, you read that right) but it pulls me with it! Either die, or go lucid and fly...
|TORTOISESHELL GUILT: by 'Monk Eye'; 2014/9/9; a nightmare on spaciness and its risks
I was enjoying an evening with this generic guy. Although there were two cats as big as bobcats in the room, I let Poodle, my tortoiseshell, in...
CAUTION: GRUESOME CATFIGHT
|THE PLANTER OF SEEDS: by Victoria Goro-Rapoport, 2011, print based on recurring dreams
I often dream I'm lost in a strange city, wandering the unfamiliar streets in search of something unknown, and possibly unknowable...
|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...
|WHALE SPEAKS: by Brenda Ferrimani; 2014?; an epic dream painting
I dreamed I was a whale swimming against a Christian ebb tide, trying to lead humans to a cleaner spiritual current...
CAUTION: CRITIQUES AMERICAN CHRISTIANITY
|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...
|WHAT REALLY HAPPENED: by a Coon Rapids woman, reported by Janis Amatuzio; early 1993, an almost-lifesaving dream of a ghost who wasn't dead
I dreamed my husband told me he'd been in a car crash and was in a frozen ditch not visible from the road near our house. I woke and called 911 who found him just twenty minutes later...
|MUSTARD REVENGE: by Wayan; dreamed 1982/2/15, a nightmare apparently sympathing with the enemy
After eating iffy food, I had gut pains all night--but I dreamed of rebels with swords fighting a fascist empire. Were my dreams siding with the food? Well, no...
|GIANT'S HANDS: by Wayan; dreamed 1981/12/23, a split-consciousness nightmare
I was a giant carefully, guiltlessly flattening San Francisco--just following orders to recycle it! While my mind inside the giant's mind was appalled...
|SABOTEUR: by Chris Wayan; dreamed 1991/4/18 & 5/12, sung 2012; 7MB (MP3 + lyrics); jazz song fusing two dreams
I dreamed I got to meet my inner saboteur. Educational! But in the next dream I BECAME the saboteur. I wasn't out to crash myself--just stay low, never soar. Since success is wicked...
|MANTA MOTHS: by Wayan; 1990/10/3, a transcendental nightmare tinged by a dream eight years earlier, 1982/1/22.
Our expedition into the mountains shrinks as Manta Moths pick us off... or do they? An old scroll spoke of fear leading to transformation...
|ASCENT: by Wayan; spring 1997; a comix-panorama summing up recurrent mountain-climbing dreams.
All that spring I dreamed of climbing, cold, fatigue, risk, and fear. But shamanic training involves toughening; ascent isn't always easy flight...
|DO WHAT YOU LOVE: by Wayan; 2012/11/17; a recession song. 5MB (MP3 + lyrics)
Do what you love and the money will follow! We sang it in clubs & cafes. Well maybe it did once, but now it rings hollow; I ain't had money in days...
|CRITTERS IN THE RIFT: by Wayan; 2013/7/18, a weird dream job
I'm the receptionist for a research group of small animals who sniff out the answer to any question in an Icelandic rift...
|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...
|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...
|BAY WINDOW: by Wayan; 1996/6/15, a healing exhibitionist dream
I'm naked in a bay window in San Francisco, flirting with two cute housemates of mine. Passers-by can see in, but I just don't care....
CAUTION: CARTOON NUDITY
|GREAT GODDESS, or, SACRIFICE: by Jenny Badger Sultan; 1970; an epic painting of a troubling dream
I'm a priestess standing on a stone terrace, holding a ritual axe. Before me kneels a man ready to be sacrificed to the Great Goddess...
|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...
|MOVING IN THE LANDSCAPES OF MY DREAMS: by Jenny Badger Sultan; an epic canvas hiding over a dozen dreamscenes (mostly Jan-Mar 2011)
Inspired by a dream, I painted a big canvas landscape with movable (magnetic) dream figures and flaps revealing hidden dream scenes...
|WHEN BLOOD FLOWS, THE DANGER IS PAST: by Jenny Badger Sultan; 2000/3/23 and 2000/4/19; twin dreams of carved-up women
A woman is knifed by the sea. I cradle her, but she's probably dying...
For my intitiation-ordeal, I'm told I have to cut designs in my own back! I can't reach, so I insist...
|WARM MOTHER: by Jenny Badger Sultan; 2001/3/24, 3/29, 3/30 & 4/1; dreams
My mother takes over caring for my sick daughter; I feel pushed aside. When I wake, I try to paint a more positive image of mothering...
For a week, dream after dream appears with situations full of opportunities for patience and letting go of jealousy...
|THE FOREST BRIDE: by Jenny Badger Sultan; 1994/7/23 & 1994/12/10; twin solstice dreams of marriage and death
In the midsummer dream I'm at a wedding in the Russian forest; that winter, I hold an emaciated girl as she breathes her last...
|MARY MCBRIDE AND THE SPIRITUAL EARTH MOVEMENT: by Jenny Badger Sultan; 2011/11/26, dream of a kindred artist
I met a woman whose art (and her love for the Earth) inspired me to start a series of paintings with creatures hidden in landscapes...
|ORACLE--SEA CHANGE: by Jenny Badger Sultan; 1999/5/6, dream-based painting
At the beach, wading with my fellow dreamworker Stephanie. The waves are getting bigger--are they a hazard, or can we ride them?
|MOON AND FIRE RISING: by Jenny Badger Sultan; main dream before 1994/3/10 (with other dream images, one from 1969)
A fierce dragonlady showed me a cache of art. When I painted her face I recalled seeing it in a dream decades ago--in the mirror...
CAUTION: DRAGON BREASTS
|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...
|WHITE-HAIRED WOMEN: by Jenny Badger Sultan, 2002/5/4, a dream painting
I'm in a ring of seven white-haired women, our arms all interlocking. When I woke I had fun working out the pattern of those interlinked arms...
|THE WHITE SNAKE: by Jenny Badger Sultan, 1998/4/1, a dream painting
As I prepared for trip to Malta to see ancient sites, I dream I'm on a hike and discover a gigantic white snake. It feels like a good omen...
|WINTER SNAIL: by Jenny Badger Sultan, 1994/1/22, twin dreams of renewal fuse in a painting
At the beach, a barrel of huge snails somehow heal my legs. In the next dream, back on the beach, I give birth to our son...
|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...
|GREEN, GREEN, SPIRIT OF THE SPRING: by Jenny Badger Sultan; 1991/2/3, 1995/8/13 and 1995/11/10, a painting of 3 dreams
I meet a girl with a plant growing out of her head...
Someone prays to the spirit of a spring to heal me...
I watch people practice exercises with the ritual feel of voudun or candomble...
|PIGEON WITH A HEAD LIKE QUEEN VICTORIA: by Jenny Badger Sultan, 2010/7/26, painting of a pest
A pigeon with a head like Queen Victoria's keeps fastening onto my clothing with its beak, and this nagging feels familiar...
|SNAKE POD TREE: by Jenny Badger Sultan; 1989/3/16, painting of a vivid dream image
In a desert, I find a tree with red purselike pods. But they all seem empty, and I know they should each contain a vivid yellow snake...
|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?
|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...
|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...
|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...
|THE VERDURE IS ACCOMPLISHED: by Jenny Badger Sultan; 1996/4/21 and 5/11, two mysterious dreams
A dream voice announced "The verdure is accomplished." Green is a healing color for me...
In the next dream we sat round a green pool, talking of healing. But the snails troubled me...
|VIEWFINDER: by Jenny Badger Sultan; 2000/5/31, a dream-ritual declined
A friend explained she planned to be a human viewfinder, bendng into an arch for a male spirit to dive through. I didn't want to risk it...
|PANGOLIN: by Jenny Badger Sultan, 1995/8/1, painting of an exploited creature
While visiting a friend in New Orleans in my dream, I saw a pangolin. I was very excited...
|FISH INTO SNAKE: by Jenny Badger Sultan; 1994/11/4; a dream painting
I'm talking to a friend while waiting in line, when a huge fish appears. It turns into an equally huge snake...
|MUSHROOM-SHAPED ROCK: by Jenny Badger Sultan, 2000/4/14, a happy dream
I climb a huge mushroom-shaped rock rising from a hotspring and prepare to dive in...
|NAOMI, CAVES, AND LEMON TREES: by Jenny Badger Sultan, 1995/10/4, a joyful dream
I swim with my daughter Naomi in a desert pool surrounded by lemon trees. She may be able to help me resolve...
|MAGIC WEB: by Jenny Badger Sultan; 1984, a lost dream
A colorful magic web I saw in a dream and painted; but I've been unable to trace the dream so far in my journals...
|DREAM OF THE ARCS: by Jenny Badger Sultan; 1994/7/5, a warning dream on power
A nun-like figure shows me three arcs; two are forms of direct power, but the third, innermost arc can lead to secrecy and manipulation...
|HUGE OVOID SHAPE: by Jenny Badger Sultan, 1999/8/13 Magrittesque surreal sci-fi dream
A huge white ovoid like a tethered cloud hangs over a city street. We enter it and search for the crew...
|SPIDER TOILET: by Jenny Badger Sultan, 2000/2/7 hypnogogic image and 2000/2/17 nightmare
First a lone image on waking, of a woman cradling a skeleton; ten days later, a nightmare of spiders swarming out of my toilet, covering me...
|SPIRIT FACE: by Jenny Badger Sultan, 1988/4/25 dream of a huge art project
I'm at the beach, collecting stones to make a gigantic face viewable only from the air...
|SUBMERGED IN THE WAVE: by Jenny Badger Sultan, 1988/8/3, a comic nightmare
I'm holding a pornographic novel, trying to keep it dry, as huge waves flood the room. The book and I are both going to get drenched...
|TWO-FACED LAPIS AND THE MOTHER: by Jenny Badger Sultan, 1992/7/6, a distractable therapy dream
I'm shown a mysterious carving; I shush loud people disturbing my therapy; I'm told of a documentary on the archetypal mother...
|THE WHITE WAVE: by Jenny Badger Sultan, 1988/8/3, alternate treatment of a comic nightmare, Submerged in the Wave
I'm holding a pornographic novel, trying to keep it dry, as huge waves flood the room. The book and I are both going to get drenched...
|THE COUPLE AND THE MOTHER: by Jenny Badger Sultan, 1970, watercolor of a lost dream.
I no longer have the text of this dream, but its image anticipated and prepared me for my actual marriage...
|CORPSES IN THE UPPER ROOM: by Jenny Badger Sultan, 1995/1/30, a dreamlet of death/regeneration
Bodies are laid out upstairs in a dirt bed. Potatoes will sprout. The plants won't feed on the bodies, but they will support the vines...
|DESCENDING THE MOUNTAIN TOWER: by Jenny Badger Sultan, 2004/7/6, a dream of grounding
The boy and I walk a spiral trail down the mountain to the caves of tears...
|SUN SINKS BENEATH THE EARTH--REMAINS OF MEN AND WOMEN: by Jenny Badger Sultan; 1997, a collage on a dream-idea
A phrase from a dream, "the remains of men and women," led to this image of a black sun in the underworld amid strata of time and the psyche...
|FEDERALIST SCHOOL: by Wayan; 2013/8/20; a happy advisory dream
A free university just opened in town. The curriculum evolves by natural selection. Anyone can teach! Should I? Just don't eat the food...
|FIREBOWL: by Wayan; 2013/9/14; a diagnostic/climatological/futurological dream
I'm at a huge Native American powwow on climate change in the prairie states. They could become not a new dustbowl, but a firebowl! As I wake wondering about the fire hazard I find I'm running a fever! And the dream hints what caused it...
|EAT THE MOON: by Wayan; 2013/9/4; a weird shamanic dream-poem
Lights on the moon! Future cities shine into the present. I must clean up the time-slip. But in shaman-space, the moon's a deer-skull in a tree! I take it down, pocket its jewel-eyes (the cities) and start stewing the moon. Since I'm Coyote, my cookery goes wrong...
|BRAID OF SILENCE: by Wayan; 1989/1/24, a brief dream-poem
We're slaves on the moon. But we're slowly stretching our freedom in the shadows, undoing the Braid of...
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