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|HOWL: by Wayan; June 1983, a picture-poem on a daydream of deep time
Surely the dinosaurs were as vocal as their cousins, the birds. But bass to birds' soprano. So when dinos sang to the moon...
|INSIDER DATING: by Wayan; 2017/4/2, a dream of how others see us?
I dream my friend's amused that I date women to steal work-secrets; I get rich off insider trading, while they get fired. Only... I don't! Where'd he get this idea?...
|SOLNIT'S DOG FIXATION: by Wayan; 2017/4/2, an embarrassing dream mixing a writer I admire and one I... don't
I dream peaceful Rebecca Solnit turns into violent Valerie Solanis. Her excuse is she was kidnapped and raped. Now she only trusts dogs. I mean, sexually, too...
The dream seems to be warning that furries like me may relate to animals better because of human-induced trauma. If so I've got some therapy to do..
CAUTION: ABUSE ISSUES (text only; no abuse images)
|AURALESS: by Wayan; dreamed 2017/5/14, a sex nightmare about perfect normality
I'm in bed with a movie star, and it's awful. Why? Because I can only feel her with FIVE senses--the sixth is missing! So disorienting it's creepy...
CAUTION: NIGHTMARE, BAD SEX
|GIRAFFE MISSION, or, THE SEVENTEENTH FOOT: by Wayan, 2017/1/30, a Seussian dream-poem on how views broaden
I was in the Mission with my friends. A giraffe mad at my narrowmindedness lifted me up to show HIS viewpoint. No big insights--till we topped the roofline...
|EQUESTRIAN NUNAVUT: by Wayan, 2017/4/27, a dream of a utopia in an unlikely place
After a hard day in the recording studio, I dream of our wiser successors, after we drown America: the sentient equines of Greenland and Nunavut...
CAUTION: SKINNYDIPPING UNICORNS
|DEVANGELS: by Wayan, 2017/4/27, a numinous but ambivalent dream
After a hard day in the recording studio, I dream of powerful yet obedient devil-angels; quiet for now, but I fear they'll decide shamans like me are abominations...
CAUTION: ANGELS? GOLEMS? DEVILS?
|THROUGH WALLS TO SEX CLASS: by Wayan; 2017/6/22, a therapeutic/advisory dream
A trusted college advisor says "Slip through cracks in the classroom walls!" Yoga to taekwondo to ballet to... a sex workshop! There's no direct route...
CAUTION: ABOUT SEX
|WISHING RICOCHETS: by Wayan, 2017/7/18, a shamanic dream on will and restraint.
Trapped in segregation-era Florida, I force a racist waitress to go bother someone else. Unfortunately, she does...
CAUTION: KLAN THREAT
|DEVILMENT: by Wayan, 2017/8/13, a harsh take-charge dream about Queen Bee syndrome
A bee-like devil-queen kidnaps my grandniece; I have to kill her to free the child. I expect retaliation, but even high-level devils are glad she's gone...
Oops. In a follow-up dream she reincarnates as a satanic real estate developer. Slicker cover this time, but just as crooked. Will I have to kill her again?
CAUTION: DEVILS, VIOLENCE (NONGRAPHIC)
|ABREAST OF THE COMPETITION: by Wayan; dreamed 2013/10/9, a dream about slighting yourself to appease others
A tall busty girl's younger, part-unicorn friend starts developing breasts at last--and makes boob jokes, mocking her own body to reassure her herdmate she's no competition...
|FAMILY JESTERS: by Wayan; 2017/3/15, a dream mixing Kurt Vonnegut and My Little Pony
Coastal unicorns are elegant, but inland they're mostly bloated. Genes or diet? Not just individuals seem sick; society too. Small-town bosses turn the gracile minority into performing-arts pets! Jesters caged, chained & handicapped to heighten the wonder they can do their art at all...
CAUTION: TROUBLING SOCIAL ANALOGIES
|SHARK, SHARK, SHARK!: by Thomas Madden; 2017/12/3, a non-nightmare about fear
I'm in a crowd listening to a man lecture about sharks. He points at me and asks "Should I throw him in the pool with the shark?" And...
|TIME TO QUIT SWINGING: by Wayan; 2015/2/25, a punning, erotic, literary, cledonic dream (passing a message to another)
In the steampunk world of the Parasol Protectorate, I'm on a swing, fondling four friends I'm in love with--all four! I won't give any up. Yet it's time to quit swinging...
CAUTION: SEX ED CLASS, POLYFIDELITY
|THE DOGGYSEY: by Wayan, 2009/11/26, a dream revision of the Odyssey predicts my own artistic odyssey
I find I'm a fox singing the Disney musical version of a canine epic: the tale of Odysseus the mutt and his purebred Big Brother vying for the paw of Penelope--and the throne of Ithaka...
|WERECAT SYNDROME: by Wayan, 2017/4/23, an advisory dream on Asperger Syndrome. Or maybe masculinity.
Werecat Syndrome runs in my family. Academics assume I'm a savage predator. Why? All I want to do is rub up against girls and find one who purrs back...
|POLE OF THE EMPIRE STATE: by Wayan; 2002/3/26, a nightmare not quite echoing 9/11, about suspension
I find myself clinging to a pole as tall as the Empire State Building. Can I slide down without falling? Or burning from friction? And... what's down there?
|CLEO'S REVENGE: by Wayan, 2017/1/7, a sculpture based on a warning dream against hiding sexual attraction
I meet Cleo from the Monster High kids' movies. I hide that I'm attracted--that'd be pedophilia (even though Cleo's CENTURIES old.) But once I hide my Cleo-philia, ALL sexual feelings and memories vanish! I'm convinced "I'm sexless, I'm too ill." Cleo's curse!
CAUTION: SEX-DENIAL; NUDE CENTAUR
|"TELL HIM I SAW HIS HEAD IN A BOX": by James Quinn; late Jan. or early Feb. 2003; a grotesque artpiece spurs an equally odd little dream weeks later
In a museum, inside a Renaissance reliquary, I see a dried-up head. Supposedly a saint's, but unlikely; he lived centuries earlier. Weeks later...
I dream I'm in a cafe, joking with the ghost of my mom, and find myself saying "By the way, if you meet some guy called St. Sixtus, tell him..."
CAUTION: READ THE TITLE
|TINA FEY TRIES TO FLY: by Wayan; 2017/4/24, a mystical feminist farce of a dream
In a world where speech is in Mayan glyphs, comedian Tina Fey, dressed for prom night, climbs a Tibetan peak to learn levitation. But the monks are scared of women...
CAUTION: COOTIES; ROWDY JESUS; MAY FLUNK THE BECHDEL TEST
|REJECT THE TRUMP GIG: by Wayan; 2017/7/5, a dream urging me to stay out of... business entirely?
Now and then I model. I get offered a gig doings ads for Trump--at $1000 a session! Tempting fee, but no.
As I go home, my cabbie is shocked--"I'd take that gig!" "But would you really?"...
CAUTION: HARSH TO COMPROMISERS
|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
|DINO FOR A NIGHT: by Wayan; 2017/7/9, a sci-fi-movie dream poem
Trapped in a movie. A mad scientist zaps me into a small dinosaur and treats me as a guard dog. But I meet a dino girl, and we have fun once we realize these movies rarely kill off the Love Interest. Hollywood conventions have made us invulnerable...
|NIC'S THOUSAND PAINTINGS: by Wayan, 2017/7/9, a dream with creative advice
My friend Nic vows to paint two pictures a day, and, impossibly, does. Meanwhile, I'm blocked. Can she show me how to get unstuck?
|TIME WITH A NIGHTHEAD: by Barbara Gordon Paine; c.1960, a nightmare-poem about a fatal error: overconfidence
A gift is delivered unasked to my door. A toy head springs from the box, tries to drag me in. I win, but then peer inside to be sure...
|AS A HILLSBOROUGH CHILD: by Barbara Gordon Paine; c.1960, a poem on a child's-eye view of adult talk
As a Hillsborough child I never heard the crash of twentynine walled streets that fell with a force that moved us away...
|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?)
|THE HAUNTED CODE: by Wayan; 2017/6/16, a warning dream about denying history
A mail-order warehouse in Kansas sends ghost-infected software out, causing mayhem. But less than when Kansas exported the killer flu 100 years ago...
CAUTION: DISSES KANSAS AND CAPITALISM, FOR GOOD HISTORICAL REASONS
|SHE LIVES TO 140: by Wayan; 2017/7/13, a dreamlet advising austerity, solitude and crankiness
I meet a 140-year-old hermit in her black chadoor, skateboarding down a hill near her sacred dream-spring...
|A VIAL CRIME: by Wayan; 1984/5/21, a bizarre cartoon dream protesting that I wasn't myself today
I'm a flying fox in Edwardian England. I witness a poisoning. When I try to climb a tower to call for help, badly drawn knockoffs of Peanuts characters attack me. Copyright violation! The real Peanuts gang shows up to save the day; Snoopy drives us to the emergency room. Thus I learn the importance of being... authentic.
|FRIEND-RING: by Wayan; 2017/1/6, a dream of divine intervention--My Little Pony style
I'm a horse chosen by the gods to join a Friend-Ring--a group mind. That's great for the street crazies I get to help heal. Not so great for me, injected with madness...
CAUTION: CRITIQUES FRIENDSHIP-AT-ALL-COSTS
|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...
|HEART CHAKRA: by Wayan; 2011/5/8, a dreamlet blending Indian mysticism and the movie Megamind
I'm a digital superhero, rubbing red-orange oil into my fake skin. I have six more colors of oil to rub in, six more chakras to heal. But first things first!...
|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 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
|THE DOCTOR'S ADVICE: by Wayan; 2011/5/23, a tricky double-diagnostic dream that changed my life.
I dream my doctor tells me, with no exam or tests, that hidden desires are sickening me. But I'm skeptical--suspect an infection. Isn't that dream advice too?
Awake, I test both hypotheses--repression and infection. Antibiotics work! I still struggle to speak my desires--but at least it's from a base of health not illness.
|BAGGING PETER BEAGLE: by Wayan, 2017/7/7, a predictive little nightmare of manslaughter-guilt
At a drunken party, I meet writer Peter Beagle. We quarrel, he falls and hits his head. Unconscious or dead? I wake in panic, sure I'm a killer...
Next day I read Ellen Klages's Passing Strange, and find its climactic scene curiously familiar...
|DREAMISH HEART: by Wayan; 1983/8/15ish; a poem about a subtle way to sabotage dreamwork.
I write, draw, admire & carefully interpret my dreams, but do I ACT on their advice? Not so much...
|CAT WITH A KNIFE: by Wayan, 2000/6/24, an almost-nightmare of a Jungian Shadow transformed by patience
At school, a guy threatens me with a knife. But I sit on him and wait patiently. Slowly, he turns into a giant black cat! I set him free in a garden, where he's calm and alert...
|CHOKING A CAMEL: by Wayan, 1983 (early May?), a grotesque little dream-poem
Freud explains to me how & why writing's so hard. His explanation makes as much sense as anything else Freud ever says...
|THE EQUATORIAL BET: by Wayan, 2017/7/24, a dream of a climatological game that politics intrudes on
I'm playing 'Drop Me Anywhere' with a friend: I pick the latitude, he picks the longitude. Can I survive naked one day? I pick the equator as my best bet...
|HOGAMUS HIGAMUS: by Mrs Amos Pinchot, or possibly Claire MacMurray; Nov. 1939?, a disavowed comic dream-poem.
She dreamed she'd written a wise and beautiful poem. Half asleep she stumbled out of bed and scribbled it down. Fully awake, she found the following verse...
|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...
|WIND OF SELF-HATE: by Wayan, 1976/4/4, a dream warning of family brainwashing
Biking around blindfolded and half-naked, I fight winds of self-criticism and self-hatred only I can feel...
|CULT OF BLINDNESS: by Wayan, 1984/2/12, a family-dynamics dream with a predictive twist
Everyone's joining the Cult of Blindness. My mom has. I'm tempted; the only way to get dates in this town. But this fat gatekeeper objects...
|THE BLACK WAVE: by Wayan, 2016/10/18, a poem on a hypnogogic healing dream
After days sick, I open myself to unseen spirits and let a black wavefront go through me--and the healing begins. What did I let in?
CAUTION: MYSTICISM & FETISHISM DON'T MIX
|DEMON-SUMMONING IS JUST A MISDEMEANOUR: by Jo; 2017/7/26, a gender-bent diagnostic nightmare
I protect my friends from a demon, but the dream-guardians I summon terrify me...
|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...
|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...
|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?
|WHY I LIE: by Wayan, 2016/10/7, a dream on privacy-guilt
Asked to share a bit about myself, I lie. Why? Not only are people like me illegal, we're believed to be impossible...
|ANCIENT RUINS, AND A GIFT FROM DEEP OCEAN: by Jenny Badger Sultan; two dreams (2016/11/19, 2017/1/18) on dreamwork, memory & amnesia
1: Ruins in India. Fascinating, but blurred by sheer age; I wish I could see the carvings more clearly...
2: At a party, I give small presents. Is the gift-bag empty? No; give a girl a vertebra from the abyss, encrusted with jewel-like barnacles...
|FLYING BED, TALKING BIRDS: by Wayan; 2015/1/6, a one-word shamanic advisory dream
My bed floats high over southwest Morocco. Giant birds come fly lazily with me, croaking "Faster, faster!" But I'm busy with eco-planning...
|A SPHINX'S SKETCHBOOK: by Wayan; dreamed 1994/7/2 & 7/19; a 23-page dream-comic
I find the sketch-journal of a beautiful winged sphinx who left her mythic isle to explore a city of crazy bipeds, called San Francisco...
CAUTION: SPHINX SEX, SPHINX ATTITUDE
|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...
|ERMINE, or, GOTHMOG'S GHOST: by Wayan, 1984/2/11, a gender-bent & species-bent warning dream|
I'm a delicate little ermine-chinchilla whose best friends are all sewer rats. They lavish food and drink on me, and I nibble to be polite...
|THE POWER OF ART: by Wayan; 2016/8/29, a dream-poem about the longtern effect of dreamwork?
At a museum, a weird art project shows me how observing & documenting life can improve that life--just from being taken seriously...
|SPIROGRAPHY: by Wayan; 1997/9/29, a one-page cartooned spiral autobiography
Laying my timeline in a Fibonacci spiral, it's clear great changes come in a pattern--as soon as I've digested the last couple, a new revelation/revolution appears...
CAUTION: CARTOON NUDITY, HEAVY ISSUES
|SATORI ACCORDING TO GHOST: by Wayan; 1998/4/11, a comic longterm predictive dream. Or a cynical guess...
A Buddhist student, troubled by a corporation marketing a product called "Satori", summons the ghost of her beloved mentor for advice...
|BEHIND THE SCREENS: by Wayan; 1984/2/12, a vivid sex dream that hid a warning
I keep a catgirl penned behind a ring of Japanese screens, and climb a ladder to join her in her den. Hot sex--but the rest of the time, I ignore her...
CAUTION: SEX; MAY MAKE YOU SEE SEX DREAMS DIAGNOSTICALLY... SPOILING YOUR FUN.
|TRITONIAN FOXTAUR U.: by Wayan; 2016/9/10, a wish-fulfilling dream set on Neptune's moon Triton (or is it Saturn's Titan?)
I'm an exchange student at the Solar System's best university for the magic arts; my classmates are methane-breathing foxtaurs...
|INCREMENTAL HEAVENS: by Wayan; 2016/9/5, a reincarnation-frustration dream, baffling at the time--but less so now
I get reincarnated over and over in conservative heavens where progress is numbingly slow, blocked by know-nothings. Of course, after the election...
|DREAMTALES: by Wayan; 1996-2006, a 250-page collection of dream comics
"I've always dreamed other lives. Other bodies. Other times. Other worlds. I draw my lives..."
|PERISSA: by Wayan; 1997/9/13, a sexy dream-comic (small screen, slow loading? Illus. text)
When Perissa, an exhibitionistic centaur, bares her body in a crowded Coliseum, she also bares a human-supremacist plot...
CAUTION: EXHIBITIONISM, SPECISM
|THIEF OF DREAMS: by Wayan; 1996/11/29, a 22-page comic telling a sexy soul-swappin' dream. (Small screen, slow loading? Text w/pics)
I was a mermaid trying to find Count Coyote's stolen dreams, so I could marry my human girlfriend...
CAUTION: NUDITY, SEX, LESBIAN MARRIAGE, ANTI-FUNDAMENTALISM
|THE HEDGEHOG DISPENSARY: by Wayan; 2004/10/2, a watercolor dream-comic of a furry ambitopia. (Small screen, slow loading? Text w/pics)
A rabbit shaman makes his student drape dead hedgehogs round her neck til she bleeds. How to free her?
CAUTION: FURRY NUDITY, ABUSIVE MENTOR
|PIXY CONCUSSION: by Wayan; 2006/3/25, 9-page comic of diagnostic sex dream (small screen, slow loading? Text w/pics)
Janet's obsessed with a creepy guy, until her friend Kay--a pixy--decides to "knock some sense into her cunt"--literally...
CAUTION: LANGUAGE, NASTY LOVE SPELL, PIXIE NUDITY
|PENTALEMMA: by Wayan; 2002/3/10 to 2006/5/1?, a 13-page nondream improv-comic on our conflicting goals. Mine, at least!
Hypnotized in therapy, I saw AT LEAST five competing goals I have to balance. So come tour the Inner Solar System of our desires...
CAUTION: NUDITY (BODY, HEART, BRAIN, SOUL)
|SLAVES DON'T DANCE: by Wayan; 1999/8/1, a 17-page Shakespearean dream-comic (small screen, slow loading? illus. text version)
Stolen by the Fairy Queen, I'm forced to nurse her great project: creating life! But her synthetic baby is...
|HOW THE WAYAN GOT ITS NAME: by Wayan, 1986/5/23, a predictive dream-comic of names (and manes)
A telepathic unicorn-lion reveals that my true name is Wayan. And my species? Like him!
I wake, change my name to fit the dream, move to a new city, and find my dream-name scratched into the concrete...
|POLYGON DREAMS: by Wayan; 2007/4/23, a 32-page comic on the effects of shapes
What if comics panels and layouts weren't so square? I try triangles, pentagons, hexagons, circles, spirals--and some serious stuff pops out...
CAUTION: IDEAS, OCCASIONAL NUDITY, MENTIONS ABUSE
|TOO MUCH TO BEAR: by Wayan; 1997/4/28, an alt-world calculatin' nightmare. (Small screen, slow downloads? Bear as text w/pics)
I dreamed that huge nouveau-riche polar bears invaded San Francisco, evicting us locals...
CAUTION: CORRUPTION, URSACIDE, MATH!
|SWAN: by Wayan; 1995/4/8, a dreamcomic of transformation. (Small screen, slow loading? Swan as ill. text)
I wake amnesic in a cabin in Alaska, in a dress printed with self-putdowns. I track down the wizard who cursed me...
|BOY BODY: by Wayan; recurring dream 1959-62, a comic on body image. Small screen, slow loading? illus. text version
A recurring childhood dream on how weird a boy-body is when you've been a girl too many lifetimes.
CAUTION: PUBLIC HUMILIATION, NUDE MONSTERS, SILLY GENITALIA
|A SPHINX IN CLAY: by Wayan; 2017/2/25, a dream urging me to make a sculpture--and face my heritage.
I'm a half-sphinx--human dad, sphinx mom--stuck in human form so far. Will I ever learn to shift? I find myself sculpting my elegant feline future self...
CAUTION: SPHINX NUDITY
|ABYSSIA: by Wayan; started 2006/6/6, a webtour of an inverted world
A nondream vision of an alternate Earth where continents are abysses, abysses continents...
|SHELDON SUES: by Wayan; 2016/6/23, a dream hinting both meritocracy & egalitarianism are class-war tactics
I'm a kid in Italian high school. A gifted classmate, Sheldon, provokes bullies. He sues the school to stop it. The prosecutor's reluctant...
CAUTION: GIFTEDS AS A HATED MINORITY
|GIRL IN THE WATER: by Wayan, 2000/10/7, twin dreams on... dreamwork?
In a California where the Gold Rush never happened, a girl rides a wild deer over the San Fernando hills to a secret dream-pool...
Then, in a Japantown hotel lobby, that girl floats in a giant aquarium, meditating serene, as local gossips whisper lies about her...
|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...
|TRANSLUCENCE: AN ASSAY: by Jane Hirshfield; c.2005?, a dream poem of a lost opportunity
A dog implausibly large, with fur the color of rose-quartz, wanted me to follow her...
|TIME PIRATES: by Wayan; 1979/6/6, a genderbent pirate dream about... healthcare?
I'm a modern girl facing pirates from the 17th Century Caribbean. Outgunned, but I have something intimidating to bluff with: perfect teeth...
|ANTI-LUCID FLIGHT: by Wayan, 2016/8/30, an oh-so-cooperative nightmare begging me to go lucid. Not that I listen!
I fear falling? The drop increases. Want a softer surface? The rocks turn to dirt, then water. Want help? Here comes a flying dolphin. Oh, but I'm not dreaming...
|HER CUTIE MARK: by Wayan, 2016/8/7, a hazy dream fusing Shakespeare, My Little Pony and the Three Graces
After seeing The Tempest with a tattooed Miranda, I dream she has a "Cutie Mark" on her flank--a logo showing her life-path. But she's outgrowing it...
CAUTION: MILD NUDITY
|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
|WRITE A LITTLE DREAM WITH ME: by Ellen Frank, 2015/10/16, a comic poem/song on dreamwork's quirks
Sharks unicorns and moonbeams / Lost loves and karma chocolate I-beams / Raw telepathic bundles of beans / Write a little dream with me...
|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 characterizing our sixth sense, & proposing a seventh
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
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