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|TILT THE GLOBE TO MAXIMIZE BIOMASS: by Wayan, 1990/3/31, a cryptomnesic dream prodding me for a decade
I dreamed I took a globe off its stand, drilled new poles, and put it back on tilted, so that
most continents are greener; Tokyo, Alaska and Tierra del Fuego are now all tropical...
13 years later, dream forgotten, I start what I think is a nondream art project, by tilting...
|RONALD REAGAN STOLE MY SOUL!: by Wayan; 1983/3/7; a dream-comic
I was a robot who had a soul--till the Reagans stole it! I track them down, and
demand it back. Simply confronting them works--the hole inside me is filled...
CAUTION: CAUSTIC POLITICS
|FRAN SAYS "THAT'S WHAT PSYCHIC IS": by Wayan, 1982/1/15; a self-flagging predictive dream
I turn into my friend Fran, who I haven't see for months. Then I'm me, in a hot tub,
talking to Fran, who's now a sort of lemur-girl. She insists I'm psychic.
I'm skeptical. I just get hunches, if I relax in hot water. She says...
|MARTIAN VIGILANTE: by Wayan, 2006/3/25, an absurdist nightmare on inner killjoys
After a busy exhausting day, I find myself on a dream street flirting with a really cute artist.
Until this stumpy green Martian slithers up, calls us criminals, and threatens us with a raygun...
CAUTION: DUMBEST INNER CRITIC EVER
|FOX COUPLE: by Wayan, 1990/2/15; poem of a warning dream
I meet a tall bipedal talking fox. He has a human house. And a pet vixen--on a leash. But
she talks too! Tells me he mounts her--yet treats her like a pet. She's never come yet.
But she stays! Still, I'm as dysfunctional as either of them--if not worse...
CAUTION: SEX TALK
|RAETHE: by Wayan; 1990/4/19; a delicate follow-up dream, drawn & poemed
In the Cave of the Ant Ambassador, I meet his mate, a beautiful translucent fox named
Raethe. Way happier with her mate (& body!) than in that dream just two months ago...
|MARK ROLLS THE MELON: by Wayan, 1990/7/4, an Independence Day dream-comic
My friend Mark and I climb the Path of Righteousness to the summit where he finds a big red watermelon.
He rolls it down the Path of Righteousness, knocking businessmen aside like bowling pins! Why? Well...
|THE DARII: by Wayan; 1994/8/15, a predictive dream of another life.
I'm trying to prevent a race war, but can I kill someone I admire? And if so, can I live with it?
CAUTION: RACISM, VIOLENCE, INTENSE GUILT
|THE MULTIPLE INTELLIGENCE THEORY: by Wayan; 1996/11/6, a dream on synergism.
A girl and two cybersnakes are clever but murderous. But
when apart, they're not mean at all! Not sin--synergy...
|AMERICANS SHOOT ANYTHING: by Wayan; 1990/5/2, a predictive dream.|
Canals and locks. American soldiers find an underground village and force everyone to evacuate to
a warship, "for safety". The villagers turn into birds so if it's a trap they can escape. Next morning...
CAUTION: ESP, GUNBOAT DIPLOMACY
|LEOPARDESS: by Wayan, 1990/5/19; a predictive dreamlet
Dream: a house-share with this leopardess might be a bit crowded. But she's so much FUN!
Next day: I visit a house in the woods with the most catlike senior tenant ever...
|JETCATS: by Wayan; 1990/5/24, a surreal dream hiding a message about others
Our black cat Purr and our new blonde kitten fly around as if jet-propelled
dive-bombing the roof. Alarming, but their cat-reactions aren't like mine--
fast as a test pilot! For me it'd be suicide; for them, just playin...
|THE MOONS OF THE NEXT TEN DAYS: by Wayan, 1983/3/7, an otherworldly predictive dream
Two moons rise. From one unpeels a sort of rind; on it I see the future
tracks of these moons' shadows and tidal sway on Earth, predicting ...
|CAMPFIRE GIRLS: by Wayan, 1984/2/1, a predictive musical dreamlet.
That night: I dream two teenage girls behind me mockingly croon the Girl Scout or Campfire Girls theme song...
Next evening: the two teens next door invite friends over to smoke, snicker and sing "Join the Campfire Girls"...
CAUTION: WILL BOTHER ESP SKEPTICS
|CRONE AND SAGE AT THE MALL: by Wayan; 1991/6/22, a mystical dream-sonnet about malls.
I dream up a shining mall. At a booth selling herbs I meet my mentors, Crone and Sage.
They tease me for building a venue so banal. But I tease right back: "This place shapes you..."
CAUTION: CRITIQUES BUDDHIST PURITY
|BOWLING BOY BLUSHES: by Wayan; 1990/5/10, a dream of prodigy-harassment
A little bowling prodigy bothers an adult team. So one sits in his lane, daring him to bowl at her
crotch. He's resigned to kids taunting him, but what do you do when grownups gang up?
CAUTION: SEXUAL SHAMING OF UNDERAGE BOY
|GURU IN BLUE: by Wayan, 1990/5/10, a dream-poem of BEING a nightmare
I want to meet my friends' spiritual teacher, but he cowers, runs from me in horror.
I chase him yelling "BOO!" Why am I acting as his nightmare? I don't know...
|KILIMANJARO: by Wayan, 1983/4/3, a predictive climatological dream
I dream I'm visiting a friend who's moved to the shoulder of a high equatorial peak. I'm shocked to find no trees. Next day,
I stumble on a book about Mt Kilimanjaro. Its treeline is below ours in California! The shoulders are a high-altitude desert...
|MAZAMA: by Wayan, 1990/8/16, a predictive dream on deep vs. shallow sight
On our roadtrip, I notice strange crags north of our highway, and deduce they form a ring: a caldera like
Crater Lake. But my friends can't see the pattern, just the pieces! I wake. The mail comes. With postcards of...
CAUTION: ANNOYING TO E.S.P. SKEPTICS
|SILKY ROMANTICIZES NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC: by Wayan; 1983/3/4, a peculiar predictive dream
I meet my anima downtown. She looks great, but admits she's still healing sexually--
"I over-romanticize." "Oh? Who or what?" "National Geographic!" An odd fixation.
Then I wake & go to work; in a staff-room magazine I find a strange cartoon...
|KEVIN'S CRASH: by Wayan, 2018/10/1, a politically-tinged nightmare
After watching the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings for the Supreme Court, with their rape accusations,
I dream of a reckless driver named Kevin who runs down a skateboarder and blames everyone else...
CAUTION: KAVANAUGH SUPPORTERS WON'T LIKE THIS
|THE SHY ORGY: by Wayan; 1983/3/10, a sex dream with a nonsexual predictive side
Swimming in Spokane, I meet two teenage girls and we have a... shy orgy?
Next day I go to a play... and see the two on stage! I still dismiss the dream
as a fantasy--consciously. But unconsciously I start taking action...
CAUTION: UNDERAGE SEX
|MUTISM'S PENUMBRA: by Wayan, 2019/9/9, an otherworldly dream of a curiously familiar malaise
In a world of wizards, many have gone silent. They seem to forget speech exists. A toxin, a disease? But what explains
people's calm as more go mute? No, it's an insidious spell--with a penumbra making us take its spread for granted...
CAUTION: IMPLICATIONS FOR OUR WORLD
|SPLIT THREE WAYS: by Wayan; 2010/8/24, a quantum dream of overwhelm
On the freeway, my car and I split into quantum possibilities. I steer both entangled cars
till I split again--now I have to steer three cars with just one pair of hands and eyes...
|SATURN'S EYES: by Wayan; 1990/4/28, a surreal dreamlet
Our expedition to Saturn finds new moons with huge, deep craters staring
at us like gigantic eyes--because they are gigantic eyes...
|JACK DANIELS: by Wayan; 1983/10/14, three dreams critiquing a (real!) ESP experiment gone awry
A car crashes & burns--but the driver bailed! No one to save...
A miner stabs a baby "because everyone not underground is evil"...
Radar O'Reilly from MASH, President Calvin Coolidge and I confuse who's who...
|ORAL ORGY: by Wayan; 1983/8/24; a predictive sex-dream with a political & scientific agenda
I dream Public Broadcasting System actors rebel on camera and have an oral-sex orgy!
Next day, NPR has a call-in show, and suddenly they're arguing the benefits of oral sex...
CAUTION: SEXUAL POLITICS
|OPEN MIC: by Wayan; 1992/8/18; my first public dream-reading
An open microphone in a San Francisco cafe. Others tell stories, sing songs, chant poems. But I
want to tell a shamanic dream! To an audience sure that dreams are dull, incoherent, meaningless...
|HITCHCOCK BIRD: by Wayan, 1982/9/8, a shamanic little predictive dream
I'm trapped in a Hitchcock thriller. But one suicidal gunman turns into a songbird! Are we in "The Birds" now?
Next morning at lunch a songbird acts crazy. And then over the next year, I do change from human to...
CAUTION: SUICIDAL BIRD
|BOXED IN : by Wayan; 1984/3/25, a predictive dreamlet proving I never, ever learn a thing
I dream I've decided to jog to Alaska. But that Arctic wind slows me, and then a traffic-snarl boxes me in...
Awake, I bike to work. Distracted by the dream, I leave my coat. An Arctic blast slows me, and then a...
|"I WANT YOUR DREAMS": by Mark Varitz; 1995/11/17; a shamanic nightmare; predictive?
At an amusement park, big 3D letters appeared in the air, saying
"I WANT YOUR DREAMS". Terrified, I dived underground...
|THE SNAKE UNDER SOMEONE'S BED: by Miriel and Wayan, 1978/10/19, shared/telepathic dreamlets
Miriel dreams of a green snake under her bed. Meanwhile her brother
Wayan dreams of a green poisonous snake under his bed...
|HIDDEN INTENT: by Wayan, 1978/10/21, a possibly predictive, self-flagging dream
A huge bridge spans the Pacific; my depth perception reaches miles instead of mere yards.
A crowd worships a guru hidden in a tent on a pier. I don't trust him! He has hidden in tent...
CAUTION: THE JONESTOWN MASSACRE
|GUNSHIPS: by Wayan, 1982/4/24, a nightmare predicting the Falkland war
Helicopter gunships invade. I repel bullets with pure willpower. But
they too have shields making guns useless. I duel two soldiers...
CAUTION: SURREAL VIOLENCE
|HORSESHOE MAGNET: by Wayan, 1983/12/3, a predictive dreamlet
I'm badly disoriented because I see too much--I see through walls! My sixth sense is from a high-tech helmet
shaped like a horseshoe magnet. Four days later I see Brainstorm, a movie about a high-tech helmet
shaped like a horseshoe magnet, recording and playing back mental experience. Talk about disorienting...
|FIGURE DRAWING: WEREWOLF GIRL: by Wayan; fall 1989; studio sketch, pencil.
I found this misfiled in a box of art with just the year on it, so I can't credit the model. But she looked like this to me...
CAUTION: MILD NUDITY
|A SMOKE IN THE SIXTIES: by Wayan; 1983/12/2, a genderbent, predictive, self-flagging dreamlet
I'm a girl in the 1960s, but not a native--a time-traveler. I'm smoking with friends (not necessarily
tobacco)--but I have this strange sense smoking may lead to serious danger. I wake, get invited
to the film Terms of Endearment, and watch Shirley Maclaine and Debra Winger enact my dream...
|OPELS, OPALS: by Wayan; 1990/6/10; two dreamlets that turn out to be predictive
I'm car-buying. My friend has an Opel, but it's slow AND a gashog. How can a car be both? Then...
I notice a jar of opals that my grandpa gave me has grown dull with algae! Sheesh, more opals gone bad...
I wake and head to work. But at a bottleneck, I'm blocked by this loud group talking on and on about...
|NO GAS IN SANTA CRUZ: by Wayan, 1984/4/11, a predictive frustration dream
I'm in Santa Cruz. Low on gas, but the pumps died. Hwy 17, the route home, is blocked. Drive back roads on fumes...
Next day: a friend's in Santa Cruz. The power goes out, pumps don't work, 17's blocked. He drives back roads...
|TRADING PLACES: by Wayan, 1983/6/20, an intuitive flash overriden by rational relatives
My sisters want to see Trading Places in the nearest theater. I ask to go to a more distant theater
but can't explain why. We arrive to find the showtime had a typo. Gotta wait an hour. At last we file in,
the lights go down...and out. Totally out. Power failure! They can't fix it. I never did see that movie...
|BLACK & WHITE, OR COLOR?: by Wayan; 1984/2/19, a predictive dreamlet with deep implications
I dream of a black & white TV show of a woman in a dance leotard. I whack the antenna and she pops into color.
Awake, I turn on the TV. Black & white image of TWO women in leotards. Whack the antenna. ONE pops into...
|DREAMS EXPLAIN DREAMS: by Wayan; 1994/5/31, a dream in a dream in a dream.
I'm the composer Schumann, till a nightmare jumps me and I wake. And wake. And wake...
CAUTION: MALE NUDITY
|COYOTISH CANTILEVER: by Wayan, 1991/3/9, dream image forgotten for years then spontaneously painted.
1991: dream of a weird tower like a cantileved skeletal sculpture of a coyote, in San Francisco. Sketch it then forget it.
1993: experimenting with a paint program, I make a peculiar image. No idea it's from a dream...
2020: transcribing old journals, I find the dream-sketches. My nondream experiment... wasn't.
|FLIRTING WITH NAPOLEON: by Wayan; 1995/1/21, a future-oriented dream
I'm a woman living in a space habitat. A new Napoleon invades us, and damages our life-support.
I fight him--but I'm attracted, too. We need to ally to fight the second invasion...
|JACKIE: by Lindsay Vanhove, early 2000s? Premonitions and a dream prompting a bird-rescue
I dreamed a big black bird shared our house, and whenever I walked a certain street, I had flashes of raising a corvid. On day,
on that street, I saved a jackdaw hit by a car. Her broken wing has healed; now she flies in and out of our house as she pleases...
|NON OMNIS MORIAR: by Carole Lindberg; Dec. 2012, a comic apocalyptic dream
The world was ending. Volcanoes, floods. Refugees trudged by in the mud, carrying their belongings
on their backs. I think I better get dressed to go. But I can't find anything appropriate to wear...
|CARRIED UP: by Wayne Miller, 1972/3/3, epic nightmare turning transcendent
I'm in a huge colonnade. An army of blood-painted men sacrifice the dove of peace. Their masked leader drinks its blood.
But then I'm carried upstairs to meet... the prophet Daniel! I'm amid the angels, on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel...
CAUTION: BLOOD-DRINKING THUGS
|ACCIDENT: by Jules Engel; c.1970? Nightmare turns to surreal sport, inspiring animated film.
A large dog was chasing me, but somehow we got turned around and began racing.
As I caught up with the dog, any bit I passed went invisible--but the rest of the dog ran on
unfazed. When I won the dog vanished entirely. Awake, I animated the dog running, then...
|ALL THE ANIMALS: by Sharon Lynn Pugh; c.1986, an epic, species-bent, funny, feminist dream-within-a-dream
I'm a fox-woman. A human man courts me--insultingly. I dream my brain grows till my head hurts,
till it splits open, till light gets in. I rant at the last dragon. Strange but kindly, he gives me a picnic...
|AMAZEMENT PARK: by Stan Van Der Beek; 1980/12/30, a dream-proposal for a huge art installation
The "Amazement Park", as I dubbed it, was a building long as a football field and three floors high; you fly,
suspended, round an oval track, through a galaxy of images teaching that "sharing" is what matters...
|APOCALYPSE IN ST. JAMES'S PARK: by Robin Hardy; pre-1983, a quiet Cold War nightmare
I find myself at a party in London observing two minutes of silence for the dead of World Wars One and Two. But then, in the park,
blowing across the grass like leaves, were people. The windows imploded. Surely, I thought, there should be a flash before the wind?
|BALLOONS: by Stan Brakhage; 1975/5/7, an epic, apocalyptic flying dream after a bad plane flight
I'm a schoolkid again, fleeing an eruption of sewage. We escape in a balloon.
Earth is beautiful, but I know this flood of shit will drown the whole world...
|THE BEACH: by Patricia Benefield; pre-1985, a surreal painting of recurring dreams
Birds enchant me, and they long have frequented my dreams.
Sometimes, as in The Beach, I am a bird/woman...
|BEAR LADY: by Rachael Dutton, c.1981; a dream painting with four rearrangeable panels
Bear lady, bare lady,
in (or out of) a bear suit...
|BIVOUAC: by Richard Turner; 1981, a dreamlet with sculpture-advice
A young Tibetan boy approached me with his arms full of the shapes I had been working on for
the past week. To my delight I found the material, textures and colors I had been searching for...
|BLUE RABBIT: by Stan Brakhage; 1975/5/17, a colorful dream image bogged down by theory
A startling deep-blue rabbit with scarlet eyes and red veined ears, floating in colorless air...
I'd been reading Watership Down, the chapter on the Black Rabbit of Inlé...
CAUTION: ART THEORY CRUSHES BUNNY
|CHICKEN DREAM POEM: by Hastings Wyman, Jr., pre-1983, a dream of liberation
A mass breakout of baby chicks. They say "Now we know how, so we'll
go where we choose." And maybe it's about more than chickens...
|CHIRICO'S DREAM: by Giorgio
di Chirico; 1904, a surreal dream prefiguring his paintings
In vain I struggle with my father, with his strong arms and wary eyes... I give up... agonizing quests down darkened
streets... long shadows on columns and porticos... a crowd gathers; my father may be in danger... I want to flee...
|CIRCLES OF BONE: by Linda Puffer, 1977/4/27, a poem on a surreal body-image dream
I realize a bone is protruding between my left armpit and breast. I put Maria's hand on my breast and
ask her to feel the bone. But no one grasps what it really is--something sticking out from my heart...
|COLOR OF A BRUISE: by Virginia Brady Young, before 1976, a dental nightmare-poem
I stab and stab my pillow. The room rains yellow feathers. The teeth in my head are blue, growing out of my scalp. A dentist appears;
He carries a yellow drill. I scream, "No! It's time to shop for lemons." In the Supermarket my teeth grow wild as tusk...
|DESTRUCTION OF THE NIGHTMARE TOWERS: by Dustin Shuler; c.1955-1965, recurrent nightmare made performance art
As a kid, when I had a fever I always had the same nightmare: a high brick or stone wall
shaking apart, faster and faster. This scared me very much. Finally, in my teens, I...
|DOWN UNDER: by Kenneth John Atchity; c.1976, a comic on-the-road dream poem
I ride my tricycle all round Sydney trying to get bureaucratic approval
to feed bananas to my friend the grizzly bear, gooey though he gets...
|DREAM HERDING: by Nancy Potter; 1978/11/8 & 11/11, two comic, surreal dreams
FERRY: the crossing is rough, but I'm warned I must find my own sea-legs...
BUZZ OFF: I step into a family photo, but I'm not welcome in the past...
|A DREAM WITHIN A DREAM: by Afton Jandro; c.1983, a transcendent dream
Africa. The elephant seemed attracted to a strange wave of white heat. It faded to nothingness. Suddenly we too were enveloped.
I became flame. I was consumed. I was a thought center, alone in a white void. To create a new life I had only to speak the word...
|DREAMSTONES: by Patricia Garfield; 1978/8/4, a dream of summoning a goddess
In the cave, I chanted "Come Kama, Come Love..." and a procession of strange creatures came down the stone steps;
squirrels, peacocks, a blue birdlike being with golden headdress, and then the Goddess of Love. Her form shocked me...
|EARLY MORNING DREAM: by Brian Cronwall, c.1986, a surreal dreamlet turned poem
Night. Heads shaved, in loose-fitting gray robes, the young men swing from eave to eave. Two lose their grips.
Hard fall. Blood. Assistants call ambulances. Others swing on, house to house, before dawn...
|EGGSHELL SKATEBOARDER: by John S. Dykes, Dec. 1981; a surreal dream-sketch
A monstrous empty eggshell, cracked open and roughly
propped up, makes an excellent skateboard park
|EXTRACT FROM A POEM IN PROGRESS: by D.M. Thomas, c.1972, a poem of an advisory dream
As it was revealed that the pianist in Truro Cathedral was T.S. Eliot's illegitimate daughter, her
wretched playing suddenly became beautiful. I knew the dream meant "cleave to the illegitimate"...
|FESTIVAL OF THE MOTHERS OF RAIN: by Rachael Dutton, c.1984; a dream-based sculpture group
The whole village welcomed in the Mothers of Rain. An aged deer had visions.
A young mother gave birth. All the creatures and spirits danced...
|FEVER DREAM ON THE EVE OF ILLNESS: by Joyce Carol Oates, 1979/12/24? a nightmare of self as skyscraper
My body is a residential tower sheltering centipedes, basilisks, dragonflies, bagworms,
skeletal cranes; without my blood's heat and the moist caverns of my soul they would die...
|A FILM-ORIENTED DREAM: by William Desowitz, spring 1980; dream collaging four diverse movies
I fondle the noses of two masked girls in red leotards--parodying part of a Clockwork Orange...
I'm excited to see Last Year at Marienbad, but either the actors mumble or the sound is bad...
Night. I fly, as in Fellini's 8½, but out of control. The wind takes me, I'm terrified...
My grandmother attacks me with her crab-claw, then retreats, chanting the film title Shoeshine!
|FLANDERS: by Rachael Dutton, c.1981; a dream painting who dream is lost
In the field, a huge dog whose markings form the image of
a running horse. So who am I dreaming of? Horse or hound?
|FLOWER DREAMS: by A.D. Winans, c.1975, a pugilistic nightmare-poem
I try to pick a flower in Golden Gate Park. But it's as tall as me, and fights back. I lose an ear, an eye, my nose.
A part-time gardener, part-time cop hands me shears. But at the last minute I turn from the flower to cut...
CAUTION: SURREAL VIOLENCE
|FRESH BLOOD: A DREAM MORPHOLOGY: by Carolee Schneemann, Aug. 1980; menstruation-triggered dream
I'm with an Englishman in a taxi who seems rather calm about the fresh blood welling from his crotch...
I find a famous European Veterinarian, but his waiting room's too crowded, so I just leave a bouquet of dolls...
...and wake to find blood on my own thighs. Why does menstruation always come to me as a surprise?
|GEOMETRY OF DAWN: by Bruce Kawin, c.1983, a sexy metaphysical dream?
My anima sends me on peculiar journeys--smoke rings, islands, conversations with a stone--
but at last it's just us. She has something more she wants to teach me. On that bed...
CAUTION: ASTRAL COME-ON
|HANDSHAKE: by John S. Dykes, before 1986; a surreal dream-sketch
People ride inside two levitating arms that shake hands
above a desert. Do the insiders know what the deal is?
|HE SAW: by Jeffery Beam; c.1983, a nightmare with three selves
I, sleeping me, watch dream-me find a third me who saw too much
in the kitchen. Unconscious or dead? I just don't know...
|HEADLESS NAG: by Jules Engel; 1975/5/25, nightmare of a corpse that won't quit
Every good party leaves a corpse or two. Cleaning up, I behead this one and drag it across the street to the
empty lot where we leave them. But its throat forms a toothless mouth and starts biting--well, gumming me...
|HOMO REDUX: by Winston Weathers, pre-1988, a nightmare of revenants
All his guilty dead were coming home, begging to be let in...
And then he was on the outside, looking in at the lone living man...
CAUTION: GUILT, GRIEF, THE LIVING DEAD
|THE HUMAN BUTTERFLY: by Peter Wortsman; 1986, a bizarre dream
I wanted to be human, but Mom said "You'll always be just a lousy caterpillar." So I slipped inside
a human girl. After some arguments with her boyfriend, I got born as a human-faced butterfly...
CAUTION: UNDERAGE SEX AND MOM
|I DO, WE DO: by Victor Henderson; 1982/2/16, a dream & painting on swapping faces
A surgeon persuaded me to swap my face with another man's. But I found I felt compelled
to carry on his life, not mine--to pass for him. And when I demanded my face back...
|IMMOLATION MAZE: by Richard Turner; 1973, a nightmare expanded into both sculpture & story
Saigon, 1973. Lost in a fabric maze. I find, wearing Buddhist robes, the skeleton of a dog.
Years later I write of Buddhist monks burning themselves, and build an ominous maze...
CAUTION: SUICIDES BY FIRE
|I'M NOT THE DIRECTOR!: by Federico Fellini; Oct. 1961, a dream pun on denying your lifework
I'm the director of an airport. A mysterious Mongolian traveler lands. Let him in
or not? I try to avoid the decision by lying--say "I'm not the director!"...
|IN THE CAMP (THE NAKED POEM): by Karl Patten; 1972/10/27; a death-camp poem dictated in a dream
Fat Max eats with Heinrich the guard on Tuesdays. He talks too much. You and I are hungry. Tonight...
The poem appeared in the dream as it appears on the page--words, even punctuation...
CAUTION: DEATH CAMP, DEATH PLOT
|JESSICA THE MERMAID: by Jessica, mid-1977, dream-provoked dream
At a dream workshop for kids, James's trickster dream-figures provoked Jessica to dream one chased her;
fleeing, she jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge, became a mermaid, and married the trickster...
|JOURNEY IX: by Gary Snyder, before 1970, a dream of ascending through death
Ko said "Now we have come to where we die." I thought it looked just like the land we'd been traveling,
and couldn't see why we should have to die. Ko grabbed me and pulled me over the cliff...
CAUTION: DYING IN DREAM
|KAMAR'S DRAGON: by Kamar, May 1977, sketch of a dream-figure
At a dream workshop for kids, Kamar drew this dragon, explaining that
the dragon had a door, and inside lived a witch with two cats...
|LADDERS: by John S. Dykes, 1984; a surreal dream-sketch
Tiny people ride a herd of levitating ladders--badly.
One seems to have gotten bucked loose...
|THE LAST JUDGMENT: by Esther Raucher, c.1950; a childhood dream inspires a big sculpture group
I fled a snake by flying. I felt guilty, I knew it was cheating. Years later, I made
tiny clay figurines, then drew a bigger chicken lady, then sculpted a flock of BIG...
CAUTION: NUDE CHICKEN LADIES
|THE LAUGHING GIRL: by Gordon Wagner, c.1977; a strong anima helps heal a trauma
I was one of just three to survive a roller coaster crash. I dreamed of a playful, laughing girl who drove off a cliff.
Dead, she lay on a bier in a surreal cemetery. But she woke and looked at photos of her old self with curiosity...
|LION: by Kenneth John Atchity; c.1983, a flying dream lionifying Death
I fly through treetops, a lion chasing me. For him it's a game;
he smiles at my tiring. And death is his name...
|LEARNING TO SING AND DANCE: by Marilyn Barrett; pre-1988, a dream of heritage
I'm a kid again, waltzing with my dad, though he's long dead. He hands me the trumpet inside his chest. When
I wake, I feel it still. My mom just died; I've reclaimed a playful part of him she condemned all her long life...
|MEAD'S ADVICE: by Beverly O'Neill; late 1970s?, a dream on seeking a female rolemodel
I try hard not to invade Margaret Mead's privacy, but I need her advice;
after I find a fruit true growing in a forgotten room, she unbends...
|MEETING CARAVAGGIO: by Phyllis Davidson, 1978, a dream earned the hard way
While painting a tribute to my hero/mentor Caravaggio, I dream we meet. He talks of his art
as we walk a dark space full of living chiaroscuro scenes we can circle, see from all angles...
|MIKA'S DREAM HORSE: by Mika, August 1977, dream painting
At a dream workshop for kids in San Francisco,
Mika painted this dream-character...
|MOON-STRIPED TIGER PROWLING: by Sylvia Rosen, 1975/6/29; dream poem
The foul old fossil woman had carved and burnt her own flesh in the name of art;
we washed her till she was reborn young. It was my turn next to enter the water...
|MURDERER: by Dusan Makavejev, c.1960, twin nightmares with peculiar joyful moods
I'm given photos of what a murderer saw, but I recognize these scenes. I am the murderer! At least I've solved the case.
I'm in a bare white room. On the wall, a long fuse sparks. I feel euphoric from ozone--it means I've had a fatal radiation dose...
|MY CHANCE: by Howard Nemerov, before 1980, a comic dreamlet
An actor-manager type is putting on Hamlet, and he offers me a role;
I'm breathless, my chance has come at last! He'd like me to play...
|MY DREAM OF CELIBACY: by Sibbie O'Sullivan, c.1984, a flirty lost-opportunity mermaid dream
I lie on the bottom of the pool. The life guard lifts me in his strong arms. We flirt till my legs fuse, ready to go deep;
but he says "It's only a part-time job" and turns away. In day, the highschool pool lies empty, widowed of water...
|NIGHTMARE FROM 'SISTERS': by Margarethe Von Trotta; before 1979, an unexamined nightmare
A dream of body parts--maybe, impossibly, alive--hung up like drying laundry. Von Trotta inserted it in a film
script to foreshadow a suicide, but seems deaf to any personal warning--as if it's not her dream at all...
|NIGHTMARE NEXT TO MY LOVER: by Kathleen Spivack; before 1983, an outside look at dreaming
A woman unreachable, in dream, drowning in the bed, fish-gasping, scissoring, while her man oblivious...
|NIGHTMARE 1944: by Ira Sadoff; before 1981, a temptation-nightmare?!
On my side of the fence, Austrian winter--gray skies, snow. On the other, warm sun, and a frighteningly beautiful
German woman. She invites me over the border, to join her--and the terrified people being dragged off in carts to...
CAUTION: HOLOCAUST HINTS
|NUCLEAR NIGHTMARES: by Erica DeMane, Michael, Joanne and Scott; c.1984, four creepy dreams
Erica dreams that during a protest she's caught in a radioactive flood...
Michael dreams a nuclear forcefield makes his fingertips explode and congeal into weird knobs...
Joanne dreams she meets nuclear mutants with curling black nails great for peeling potatoes...
Scott dreams the world goes silent and white, bleaching out. His hands dissolve...
|THE OCEAN'S FLOOR: by Cheryl Fish, c.1986, a dream of failure-analysis?
I dream we canoe down a river. You say it's barren because this was once the ocean's floor. You're
protective but not longing. I wake on a beach, puzzled why I still feel for you a year later...
|OJIBWAY DREAM NET: by Regina de Cormier-Shekerjian, c.1984, a dream-poem of a visiting animus
I hung the dream-net over my bed. It worked. A blue-winged man with a leg of silver came to me,
drummed, danced, offered to teach me secrets. Awake, I found a blue feather caught in that net...
|PALM DREAM: by Skip Renker, before 1984, a slow nightmare? or a subtle challenge?
After lifeline and heartline, the palm-reader points to a rope ladder heading for Orion. I climb. But
it goes brittle, splinters. I flail. She reads, long-distance, one more line: "Wings", she calls. "Wings."
|PAUL PULLS THE TRIGGER: by Paul Sharits, 1969/12/16, a dream of a replayed, amplified suicide
I see myself shoot myself. Director-me decides this isn't dramatic enough to wow audience-me, so
actor-me tries again, firing half a dozen times! Maybe suicidal imagery is how I realize no-self...
CAUTION: SEVEN BULLETS IN THE HEAD
|PEACHES AND CHERRIES: by Phyllis Davidson, 1977 and early 80s? two dreamlets of being inanimate
PEACHES: after painting a peach all day, I find I AM one, reclining on a mound of cottage cheese...
CHERRIES: after a day in Reno, I find I'm a wheel in a slot machine, whirling, coming up cherries...
|ROLL IT!: by C.W. Truesdale, before 1983, a flirtatious, pun-rich falling dream
I'm sitting in a car teetering in the front row of a theater balcony. By me, R. is licking a cherry-
flavored sucker. As the film crew yells "Roll it!" my foot slips on the brake and I do...
|SARITA'S DREAM: by Sarita Johnson, 1980/8/17, epic dream with a surreal ending
Cops hunt my girlfriend & me all over town. Strangely, whenever I ask them to back off,
they do! Alma's resigned--lets them arrest her and put her on a raft. But she turns into a...
|SECOND READING: by Rose Rosberg, c.1982, a dream shared unwisely
I dreamed my lover was metal inside. I was sure it meant he had no passion.
I told him. Why did he bitterly ask me to stare into my dream like a mirror?
CAUTION: TROUBLED RELATIONSHIP
|SHARONNE: by Paul Friedrich, pre-1983, a political dream (despite Freud and Jung)
I was in a gang, but I quit. They stoned me--and the green heron, the green color I called "Sharonne".
The setting (Israel), the green (Islam), and the name (Ariel Sharon?) all hint the dream's political...
CAUTION: VIOLENCE, POLITICS
|SHE IS THE SNAKE: by Sharon Stricker, 1980, a warning dream from a censored goddess
I had to decide if I'd help keep Janine out of jail. But outside, she'd headed back for the spoon. That night I dreamed
a huge beautiful snake bit my writing hand, telling me "Don't go to court. Stay home and write." I obeyed her...
CAUTION: JUNKIE, RESCUER
|THANOS: from Dream to Performance: by Lili Berko, before 1988, a dream of birth & death
The ship carrying my mom to America sails on, as I drown in the sea;
They strap me down to pull out the pieces of my stillborn baby Obdale;
A family/gang called Thanotos invites me to join them...
CAUTION: MISCARRIAGE, DEATH
|THREE FLYING DREAMS: by Sharad Chandra, before 1988, mystical advisory dreams
1: I ask how to fly. "Breathe air from high levels; its light and purity will wash away earth's heaviness..."
2: To join a flying game, you must cut off your own head! Players acquire new heads and can work miracles...
3: I float up to reach a book in a shop. People call the police but I defiantly soar--over Paris, up to the stars...
|TRISKELION: by Kristopher Saknussemm, c.1986, a surreal false-waking dream
Only up close do I see that the map of these mysterious continents is made of moths. I wake
in Polynesia. By the bed, in a jar, floats one of my hands. For no reason, I begin to cry...
|THE TRUMPETER: by John Hollander, Dec. 1971 or Jan. '72, a (self-aware?) hypnogogic dream
In the border-mountains, there is a Trumpeter. His clear, triadic melodies break out through the frosty air,
or through the swirling mists. No one knows whether the Trumpeter is theirs or ours...
|TWO PLANES: by Ed Emshwiller, c. 1977, a lucid dream modeling the mind
I saw a vast transparent plane inscribed with pictograms and symbols. Through it, at an unknown distance,
lay a second plane of less clear shapes and colors, but with great mass, depth, and unknown currents...
|TYPEWRITER: by Kevin King, before 1983, an ink-noir nightmare
I dreamed my mouth was full of typewriter keys and a typewriter ribbon issued from the back of my head. Joan
was hanging out the window by the ribbon. I reached for her, but my hands kept hitting the space bar, and down...
|THE WRECK: by Denise Levertov; before 1980, a surreal dream-dilemma
We go swimming in a sea full of wrecked tankers. We explore one derelict, but ebb tide pries it off the bank,
out to sea. Do we swim for shore, or wait, hoping high tide will wash it in again? Guess wrong and we die...
|YOU CANNOT STAY FOREVER: by Ursula Le Guin; c.1970, creepy hypnogogic verses
You cannot stay forever / on this side of the river
with darkness coming over / and salt has lost its savor...
|RANGE: by Wayan; 2019/8/19; three advisory dreamlets plus a confirmation dream
My dad can't see my world. Literally can't see my world...
The House of Busyness is unlivable--busy, crowded, noisy...
Achievement takes twelve factors--any one can block you...
|CATS AND DOG: RECURRING DREAM: by Lee Kennedy; 1994, a parental valuation dream
I kept dreaming demon cats tortured me. At last a vicious dog joined them. He wanted to kill me, but
the chief cat wanted to keep playing with her prey. I realized they were my mum and dad, and said...
|AIN'T EASY: by Wayan; 1990/2/25. Nondream digital Coyote dance poster.
As Red Emma said, "If I can't dance, I don't want to be part of your revolution..."
|MERBOY: by Al Davison, 1961, a joyful dream remembered from infancy
At around one year old, Al dreamed, while in hospital, that he was a merboy
leaping from the sea, trying to figure out how to swim in the air, too...
|BIDENT: by Wayan; 2019/9/29, a punning political nightmare
The Evil Librarians drop a 19th Century book-character on my head--a blue-skinned paranoid!
He tries to kill me with a trident missing one prong... a Bident? Oh, no! He's Joe B...
CAUTION: DIM VIEW OF TWO 2020 CANDIDATES
|HAWK RIDGE: by Wayan; 1990/2/15; primitivist digital dream-painting
I dreamed I was a gull in Middle Earth fighting Sauron, though he
blurred my vision; but my hawk-eyed gullfriends helped me out...
|MY SOUL: by Lee Kennedy; 1994, a spiritual enounter
Aliens take me to meet my soul. It's on a pedestal in a quasi-Roman villa. My soul is a
tribble. At first I'm ashamed. But it sings soufully, and when happy, it purrs. I start to like it...
|DREAM?: by Kjartan Arnorsson; fall 1993, a dream in shocking contrast to waking life.
On my way to a wedding, I dream I'm in a war. I liberate a camp of prisoners. But one man's so injured
he can't be moved. We have to leave him behind. My rescue of his fellows has effectively killed him...
CAUTION: GUILT AND LIFE-QUESTIONING
|HOOD: by Wayan; 1993/5/11 & 5/15, a recurring dream of a... woman? dinosaur? cape? spirit?
An alien-heron-dino-woman left us her cape--or is it a cast-off skin? I put it on, for I was told I need
the hood to ward off some evil. My human head won't fit the narrow hood. But the owner's manual
says I don't need a shield, I'm immune! So skip the hood; wear the cape as a minidress...
|CARSELVES: by Miriel; 1993/5/14, a parental valuation dream
I dreamed I was a classic hippie bus. My big brother was a lovingly customized Mustang. Both of us
were old, but collector's items. So our parents decided to sell us. Their asking price was...
|NEOLITHIC: by Wayan; 1992/9/21; a time-travel dream on the roots of art
I'm at a Neolithic art show. A Stone Age critic says "Viewers struggle to interpret signs as the signified."
I think they're just baffled how those animals can be stuck on a cave wall yet still be running around...
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