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Nocturnes

Nocturnes: dreams set at night or in the dark. Odd how few dreams are, given that most of us dream at night and usually the last thing we see before sleep is the dark. You know how much books and TV just before sleeping can influence your dreams. Why not darkness? Maybe it's just that we're diurnal creatures, or maybe it's that we do, after all, experience the dark every night while falling asleep. The constant becomes invisible...

Still, nocturnes happen. Not often, but... to me, dreams acknowledging the night--their own matrix--are special. Like pearls acknowledging oysters; like diamonds crediting clay.

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ABOVE SOCIETY: by Jayci Ferrimani; c. 1998, painting of a flying dream with a point
I flew over a forest. I noted the trees were all the same, and told myself to remember this...
ANGELUNE: by Wayan; 364 x 481, 1999. Acrylic painting
The joyful animal-angel I feel myself to be in my happiest dreams.
ANIMANGEL: by Wayan, 1980s-2010! An inky portrait-poem of my clashing guardian angels.
My loud, spiky, tailed angel of change and potential, and my calm, skeptical devil of gradualism, a star-nosed mole...
ANOREXIA NIRVANA: by Wayan; 1993, a digital picture-poem of my astral reality.
I was anorexic for years; I only mastered it when I saw it was a hunger for the spirit world...
AS IF WE CARED: by Wayan; 1984/9/17, a psychological sex dream.
A burglar-girl and I spy on the neighbors together and we learn a weird Zen lesson on commitment...
CAUTION: SEX TALK
AS OTHERS SEE US: by Wayan; 1993/12/3, a magical flying dream.
We're orphans learning to fly by night, when others can't see and define us...
BELLE OF THE BALL: by Bonnie; 2006/5/2, a sexy ghost dream
I’ll win a house if I can survive a night in the Haunted Pavilion! But it turns out I’ve been here before--before I was born...
CAUTION: GHOST ORGY
BIRDS ON FIRE: by Wayan; 2008/9/15, a dream-poem, Dreamverse #26
George Bush leads a hill-tribe raid against the hill-tribe led by Osama bin Laden... and I'm stuck between...
CAUTION: ANTI-HEROES, POLITICAL PREDICTION
THE CAT: by David B.; 1991/9/24, an eerie sculpture come alive
I'm being stalked in the woods outside a modern art museum. My stalker's a huge skeletal cat--Giacometti's cat...
CENTAUR AND STAR: by Wayan; 640 x 500, 1994. Digital picture.
I'm a centaur. I never left Eden. I'm still in the Garden. You are too, every night, in dreams...
CAUTION: BREASTS
THE COMING DARK: by Jenny Badger Sultan, 2002/3/2; dream-paintings about one disaster averted, and another... not.
I climb down from a desert cliff before night strands me; but reckless adolescent games in town lead to a crash...
DIANE DUANE'S DRAGON: by Wayan; 380 x 400. Sketch of a psychic dream, 1994/2/27.
A quiet, mysterious dream image that turned out to refer to the future, not the past...
DIURNAL AND NOCTURNAL WORLDS: by Wayan; 1993/11/8, an epic dream of the multiverse.
Round the ring of twelve worlds and their twelve gods, seeking one god who's giving me grief...
DON'T YOU HEAR THAT WHISTLE BLOWIN...: by Denise Levertov; 1974/9/6; a dream poem
4 AM. A train wakes us all. We watch it pass, thinking of lost friends. And then I wake again to find...
THE DREAM: by John Hollander; spring 1974; a painful dream-poem
I find my lover sharing our secret joke with another. But I already knew I'd lost her! Why'd my dream salt the wound?
THE DREAM: by Theodore Roethke; before 1958; a dream-poem? Or not?
A mysterious night-encounter with a shapeshifting spiritwoman as elusive as Roethke’s poetry...
DREAM DANCE: by Allan Goldhammer, 2004-6; a dream-poem
A high place at night. The lights of a great city below. I step off into the air, and dance...
DREAM OF A DREAM OF NIGHT: by Robert Watson; 1960s, a dream-poem
The goddess of Night is in love with me, but I'm married, and tired, and just full of excuses...
A DREAM SESTINA: by Donald Justice, late 1950s? A nightmare-poem.
"But what is wrong with my friends' faces? Why have they changed that way to wood?"
DREAMS IN WAR TIME: by Amy Lowell; c. 1917, a chain of seven small dream-poems
Terse dreamlets quietly catch World War I's effect on civilians far behind the front. Who died in the trenches? Faith...
EGGHOPE: by Wayan; 1995. Digital painting of puzzling nondream vision
Night thoughts. Are they eggs? Dreams? Worlds? Phases of the moon?
CAUTION: NEGATIVE BREASTS
THE EXPOSURE OF HUMANITY TO THE VACUUM OF SPACE; 1999/6/5 by Anonymous #37; a brief apocalyptic nightmare
One patch of the night sky had a huge number of stars compared to the rest; there was no atmosphere in that portion of the sky...
FANTASTIC RIDE: by Marie-Claude Girondé, spring 2007?, a dream painting.
The dreamer overflows from her egg, spills out to become a waterfall, a stampede of horses...
THE FEARFUL INSECT by Nancy Price; 1948, an episodic circular nightmare unified by a leitmotif
A bug with a horse-skull face reappears in scene after scene of this dream of sabotage and betrayal. I only know I feared it...
FOUR LOVERS: by Wayan; 1992; digital painting based on recurrent dream
A recurring dream of a fourway marriage of animal people. I don't think it's symbolic, but predictive...
CAUTION: FURRY SEX
FOXES: by Wayan; 1991. Digital dream-based painting..
Long ago I saw a marvelous Hiroshige print of a fox convocation, lit by moon and foxfires...
CAUTION: LESBIAN SPOOKS
HER GESTURED ROUTE: by Wayan; 1984/6/16, a dream poem.
How's it feel to be an anima off the job? Is it lonely, when no one even believes you're a real person?
A GLUM BAR: by Wayan; 2000/4/12, the quietest of nightmares.
My house is a bar that never closes. You know what a gay bar is. Well, we're the opposite: a....
CAUTION: BAD VIBES
A GOTHIC TALE: by Roswila; 2000/4/7, a dream-poem
Nightwalkers lured our empath away. We come to their castle to rescue her. Pregnant with magic, will she come or stay?
HUNG BY ELDER: by Wayan; 1997/7/30, a nightmare.
A disowned heiress and I sneak onto the family estate, but they'll go pretty far to hide their skeletons...
CAUTION: VIOLENCE
IN MY DARKEST HOUR: by Arlo Guthrie; 1967, a song heard in a dream.
A man in a castle plots against his enemies, while his rebel-daughter meets her lover outside...
THE KEY IS HERE, BUT BEWARE; 2012/3/8 by Eleanor; nested nightmares of enlightenment
The moment I find the Key, I'm possessed! I wake to find it's just a nightmare. Only someone's broken into my house...
CAUTION: DEMONIC POSSESSION & EVERYDAY PSYCHOPATHS
LITTLE NEMO'S BED: by Winsor McCay; c. 1906, a famous if probably fictional dream icon
Little Nemo's bed gets restless and takes him for a wild ride through town and up onto roofs...
LOST ANT: by William Blake; late 1780s; a dream-poem, one of his Songs of Innocence
A glowworm and nightwatch beetle help out a lost crying ant-woman. It's not always a bug-eat-bug world...
A LOST STATION ON THE TOKAIDO: by Wayan; erasable crayon, 1983. A nondream vision.
A tribute to Hiroshige's moonlit landscape prints of the lonely roads of old Japan...
A LOVE AFFAIR: by David B.; 1993/3/23, a 11-page comic of a dark dream
My lover's face is shadowed and we are never alone together. Things slip from film-noir to open nightmare when...
CAUTION: SEX, DEATH, GUILT
LUNAMOTH (Around #11): by Wayan; 150K, 1998; 2 portraits of a dream-self, one digital, one acrylic
Day Me curls up and Night Me unfolds: a girl with dark moth-wings, not angel-white but camouflaged...
MARTHA'S FALL: by Barbara, Martha, and Wayan; 1977/5/18. Three linked warning, sex, and flying dreams
Wayan makes love to Martha's double, then sees her soul watching from the shadows...
Barbara can't reach Wayan to say farewell...
Martha falls off a mountain and decides to let herself die, just to see what happens...
CAUTION: SEX, ABUSE ISSUES
MASTER OF THE HOUSE OF DUSK: by Wayan; 1994/10/10, an initiatory dream.
MELTDOWN VALLEY: by Wayan; 1993/2/13, a dream of scrupulous balance.
A park in San Francisco has melted into a bizarre mutation-zone. Its guardian is a lonely elf-woman...
CAUTION: ELF NUDITY
MOM AND CHILD UNDER MOON: by Wayan; 1984? Ink, 11 x 14", nondream sketch.
Slightly based on a print in our bathroom when I was growing up--Picasso or Mary Cassatt?
MOON BLOOMS: by Wayan; 1997/7/22, a dream on traces of love.
Everyone has a personal moon. At first, mine disappointed me, till a bard dumped his trash on it, and...
MORTAL MIST: by Wayan; 2010/10/18, a lucid dream of a new sort for me
I miss all sorts of cues I'm dreaming, but I ignore my conviction I'm awake and try to fly anyway...
MUNCH'S BLUFF: by Wayan; 11x14", 1983. Nondream erasable crayon
A sea-scape somewhat in the style of Edvard Munch: midnight-sun madness with a hint of suicide...
MY GATE: by Wayan; 500K, 8 illus., 1996/5/29; a breakthrough dream.
The full moon rises: I become Weregirl, do the Moondance, and gnaw open the lock on my heart...
CAUTION: NUDITY
A NIP IN THE EVENING: by Wayan; ink 1980 tinted 2000; daydream image.
Like a lot of playful beasts, I like a friendly nip in the evening...
OH LEAD MY REM SOUL ON: by Wayan, 1991, silk painting of shamanic dream process
I rise in animal form, and fly to a world as coherent as this one, guided by a greenhaired girl...
CAUTION: NUDITY
ON DRAGONS: by Roswila; July 1986, three poems of dragon dreams
The first two dragons numb my pain. I demand it back, and soon regret my haste. But the third dragon I seduce, for I'm a dragon now...
ORBITING MOM: by Wayan; 1997/1/7, an uh-oh dream.
I'm trying to get a moontan when my mom appears. My astral body starts orbiting her like a moon. Uh-oh...
OVER THE VOLCANO: by AE (George Russell); c.1900, an embarkation dream.
We're spirits over a volcanic fountain of energy. And some of us prepare to ride the current up to...
CAUTION: ASSUMES MYSTICAL LITERACY
OWLOVERS: by Wayan; 1992, digital painting of vivid daydream.
This image bewilders me; my dreams mix sex with warmth, grief, even silliness, but what is THIS telling me?
CAUTION: WEIRD ORGY
A PILGRIM DREAMING: by Denise Levertov; 1977? a dream poem
A man I loved goes into the Jungian depths, but when his anima appears in the mirror-pool, his nerve fails...
THE POWER OF MOONLIGHT: by Carla Young, 2010/1/2; painting of a dream image
I wish I could be as body-free as my neighbor Jenna, hiking nude under the full moon...
THE PROWLER: by Wayan; 1997/2/4, an illustrated dreamtale.
My sister hears a prowler. I go out blind in the dark, and learn she's right. But what a strange intruder!
PYRAMID POWER: by Wayan; 1981/2/2, a dream of love and time.
We drive into a zone of perpetual night to see Sweet Melinda, but our time-path splits! Two lives at once?
QUOD VITAE: by Rene Descartes; 1619/11/11, three mystical dreams.
In one night Descartes had three dreams convincing him he had to change the course of his life...
R101 AIRSHIP CRASH: by R.W. Boyd; 1930/10/3, a predictive dream
A large airship crashed onto a hilltop and burst into flame, silhouetting people who tried to escape, but...
RACCOON MOON: by Wayan; 1993/11/22; a short psychic dream.
A precognitive dream about levitating snake girls, raccoons, and lunar eclipses.
CAUTION: MY SNAKE BREASTS
REBORN IMMORTAL: by Reneta Scian; 2010/1/3, a three-stage flying dream
First I try to break the sound barrier like my girlfriend. Nope! Then I fly slowly to her apartment. Nothing flashy, but I make it. Last, I flash back to ancient China, where I land at a candle-lit temple dedicated to... me?
REFLECTIONS IN THE POOL: by Wayan; 184K total, 2 panoramas; a 1994/7/2 dream.
Night. A mirror-maze of contradictory preachings. But in the secret mermaid pool, I find love.
Then... sphinx-angels war in the air! A war of riddles. Can I, a batwinged devil, make peace?
CAUTION: SEX, NUDITY, MEAN ANGELS, AND ONE HAPPY DEVIL
ROAR!: by Wayan; 2000/4/3, not exactly a nightmare...
Night. A jungle full of prowling lions and leopards. So naturally, I get up on a rock and roar back...
SCISSORS AND FOX-FLIGHT: by Wayan; 1996/8/20, a marsupial flying dream.
Camping in strange mountains (Australia?), I can't sleep. So I nightwalk, and find I'm changing...
SLEEPERS ALL: by Wayan; 2008/8/22, a dream poem, Dreamverse #12
I dream I'm an insomniac trapped in a flat full of snoring writers and reporters. Wait a minute...
SOME THINGS ARE DARK: by Edna St Vincent Millay; 1948??, a poem narrated by Nightmare
Millay, suffering from nightmares, decides to speak from Nightmare's point of view...
A STAB OF ANGER: by Wayan; 1997/5/24, a Jurassic Park dream.
By a midnight lake, I comfort an abused girl in the mud. But then two figures with long knives appear...
STARGIRL: by Wayan; 1993. Digital image of altered state
I squabble with my body so much! But sometimes, at the moment of orgasm, we dissolve into stars, and become...
CAUTION: SEX POETRY
SWIMMING CATS: by Starvibes, 2012/1/20, a mysterious dream image
Following two cats at night, I watched in amazement as they dove in and swam gracefully across a swimming pool...
THE SWORDSMEN: by T.A. Williams; late 1930s, a surreal dream.
Dusk. A plain. A troop of swordsmen approach me, draw their weapons... and toss their spinning, shining swords to the stars...
TAG WITH A BOUNTY HUNTER: by "Caradon"; 2010/3/3, a playful lucid dream
A bounty hunter stalks me through a jungle, but lucidity turns a potential nightmare to joy...
TAROT: RENUNCIATION (8 of cups): by Wayan; 41K. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1978.
Giving up a wall of material treasure for the moonlit path...
TAROT: WAKING FROM A NIGHTMARE (9 of swords): by Wayan; 27K. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1978.
The card confirming those silly fears are true. The nightmare is real. You're in trouble...
TAROT: DOGGY (The Hierophant or High Priest): by Wayan; 29K. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1978.
Some folks are dogs, bullying those below them, fawning on those above. But if the Wizard is a Humbug...
TAROT: HOKULE'A (the Star): by Wayan; Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1979.
Hokule'a, the "Star of Gladness", guided Polynesians across thousands of miles of ocean...

TAROT: THE QUEEN OF FLUTES: by Wayan; 1981/6/19, a brief dream image.
I dream I'm giving a friend a Tarot reading, and the card she picks for herself is one I've never seen:
THE TRAIN: by John Hollander; spring 1974; a poem based on a shared dream
A couple slips in and out of sleep, dreams, one another's bodies and one another's dreamworlds, trying to connect...
CAUTION: FREUDIAN SYMBOLISM, LITERATE WRITING
TAROT: THE UNICORN WELL (the Ace of Cups): by Wayan; 1991. Digital, based on Tarot card, 3x5".
The Well of Emotion, guarded by the Black Unicorn, the shadow of all the feelings you deny...
THERE I WAS: by Michelle Brand, 1972, stream-of-consciousness lucid dream comic
Kaleidoscopic constellations? No thanks! A nudist town in Italy? Ugh. But vaudeville in a monk's robe and roller skates...
CAUTION: CARTOON NUDITY
THIRTEEN PEACE SIGNS IN A TIME OF WAR: by Wayan; early 2002, acrylic sgraffito on wood.
The animal goddess of peace, stubbornly raising her sign, my sign, as you all slide into your nice holy war...
TRINITY: by Nashoba Hostina; 2002?. A nightmare of losing your best friends to love...
We were inseparable: the tiger, the fox, and the wolf. Together our magic lit up the darkness around us, until...
TURNABOUT: by Henry James; between 1860-1912; a nightmare reversed by sheer courage.
A night-fiend strove to open the door I held shut between us--until I realized I too was terrible, and opened it to find a great...
CAUTION: THE DREADED PROSE OF HENRY JAMES
TWO DRUNKS: by Wayan, 1994, color pencil, nondream fantasy.
A tribute to Hokusai's sketches. A crane and a fairy were out drinking, and now can't fly home...
UNICORN ROUND: by Wayan; 2000/9/18, nondream; acrylic on a vinyl record.
Yellow fireflies circling round the horn of a reclining red unicorn, in the evening...
THE VIDEO WOLVES: by Wayan; 2009/2/23, a dream-song (MP3+lyrics), Dreamverse #41
Robot wolves with videocam eyes prowl our block, freezing me in their headlights. Why do I think one's my ex?
WHAT! MORE?: by Wayan; 300 x 500, ink 1985, digital color 2001.
The world needs Zen cards, to balance out the Tarot. Here's my Zen pack--all one of them. One too many.
WHY COWGIRLS LOVE BROCCOLI: by Wayan; 1987/8/19, a surreal dream of love.
I'm a cowgirl in Nevada circa 1900. Below Haunted Mansion, I meet a green lizard-lady in distress...
CAUTION: QUEER-POSITIVE
THE WILD HUNT: by Carl Jung; Sept. 1922, a clairvoyant dream.
In a dark wood, a gigantic wolfhound tore past me. My blood froze. The Wild Hunt was about to carry away a human soul...
WILD W.I.L.D.: by Dream Junkee; 2008/1/19, an epic lucid frustration dream?
I'm lucid but paralyzed. A weird child spies on me; is she controlling me? Then I'm having sex--but if I come, I'll wake up! Then some thugs jump me. I make sure they won't bother me again, but... is everyone in this dream out to distract me?
CAUTION: SEX, MUGGER-STOMPING
WITH WILD AND TURQUOISE EYES: by Joan-lee Woehler; c.1950, a dream-poem on a stubborn shadow
I slay the beautiful dragon attacking us, despite my regret. And then, as I sleep, glowing eyes advance on our keep AGAIN...
WOLFWALL: by Wayan; 106K, Jan. 1994. Digital image of daydream/trance
Drew all night in a trance and only learned at dawn what this flirting otter and wolf were trying to tell me...
CAUTION: NUDITY AND SEXUAL THEME
A WORD DREAM: by Maude Meagher; before 1936, a wild word-association dream.
I often dream of words forming on a page as their corresponding images dance around me. Here's an example...
YOU NEED TO FIND HER: by B. Bigham; 2010/4/27, a strong psychic dream of history
I walked into a 19th century home--and family quarrel. Suddenly decades passed in seconds, and the house burned--with me inside.
Two years later I learned by chance that the house and its history were real...


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