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Poems telling dreams, poems heard in dreams, poems composed deliberately in dreams. And dreams (poetic or not) about poetry: open mics, mad poets, freestyling, and poetry slams. You'll find a few nondream pieces--poems on dreamwork, visions, and altered states, two on the World Dream Bank itself, and a few prose pieces on dream-poets like Blake, Yeats and Robinson Jeffers.

Is poetry the right medium to express a dream? I think it depends on two factors.

  1. You. Can you write clearly, concisely, vividly, with a good ear? Dreams are hard material to shape; poetry about familiar subjects and events is easier, for the dramatic compression good poetry demands can make a weird dream incomprehensible to a reader unfamiliar with your dreamworld. (But then, that's true of dream-records in general. Calvin Hall found that much of dreams' famous surreality was due to the brevity and vagueness of the records, not the dream-experience. Summarize a waking day in just a few lines, and it'll often sound just as strange and choppy as many dream-records!)
  2. Your dream. Is it good poetic material? Best: short, emotional, sensual (strong visual or tactile imagery), with a simple plot (or none--a lone image works). Epics, multi-scene dreams and complex idea-dreams are easier to write up as prose. Short, striking visual dreams may do better as paintings; longer but strikingly visual dreams, as comics. A short, emotional dream without strong visual images? Maybe a song would work.
Dreamworkers tend to record dreams only in their favored medium, and ignore the rest. But it should be the nature of the dream, not of the dreamer, that decides its artistic form. A crudely drawn comic of a dream that cries out to be drawn is better than an awkward dream-poem. Let the dream decide.

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ADDING SHELLS TO NINA: by Wayan; 1974/10/4, an absurd dream poem.
I lay on a beach with Nina. I stuck a shell on her body and designed a fabulous line of prosthetics...
AFTER A LONG ILLNESS: by Nicholas Christopher; 1990?, a dream poem
A surreal dream of a levitating man reeled in like a kite, the night after I’d flown from New York to Hawai’i...
AFTER HE DIED: by Jane O. Wayne, 1990?, a dream-poem fragment
After he died, I dreamed that the phone rang and when I said "hello"...
AFTER THE BANG: by Wayan; 2001/5/16, a poem on the World Dream Bank.
The Big Bang happens, you're inspired, you make something of it... then what? The Big Whimper?
AIRACUDA: by Wayan; 2008/9/9, a dream-poem, Dreamverse #25
The jeweled fish over San Francisco grew and grew until it landed and they spoke the secret code to me...
ALICE'S POEM: by Lewis Carroll; 1872, a poem on dreams
Are dreams really so ephemeral? Lewis Carroll, who built the Alice books from dream-fragments, wasn't so sure...
ALLORGY: by Wayan; 1983/4/1, an allergic love poem.
In spring the young allergic longs for the lusty world but cannot join the All-Orgy...
THE AMAZONS' OFFER: by Wayan; 2012/6/13, an illustrated dream poem.
A horde of wild women camp in my yard and practice leaping through invisible spacetime portals. They invite me along...
CAUTION: FEATHERED, PAINTED NUDITY
ANCIENT MARE-KIN GRAVEYARD: by Wayan; 2008/9/1, a dreamsong (MP3+lyrics),Dreamverse #18
I'm a ghost watching future archeologists dig up a site of my people--and get it so wrong...
THE ANGEL: by William Blake; early 1790s; a gender-bending dream-poem
Blake dreams he's a young queen with an uneasy relationship to her guardian angel...
ANIMAL HEAVEN: by Wayan; 2008/8/16, an astral dream-poem; Dreamverse #6.
At a party in Animal Heaven, I fall for a rabbit-girl doomed to be human dinner. How can I rescue her? I'm Fate's part-time intern!
CAUTION: BREASTS, BEASTS, INCOMPETENT ANGEL OF DEATH
ANOCHE / LAST NIGHT: by Antonio Machado; c. 1900; a joyful dream poem
Last night, as I slept, I dreamt--illusion blessed!--that I had a beehive, here in my heart...
ANOTHER DREAM OF BURIAL: dreamed before 2009 by W.S. Merwin; poem of recurring dream
The garden varies, but I have always turned away and walked into the whole world. So far...
AQUARINA PRODIGY: by Wayan; 2009/10/15, a dream poem with sketches; Dreamverse #60
A child prodigy stands out in a chorus line of waterdancers. Her body and energy are a patchwork of young and old...
AROUND LAKE ERIE AND ACROSS THE HUDSON: by Rachel Hadas; 1997?, a dream-poem.
My dead friend Charlie and his sister and I are driving around Lake Erie. We know it’s a dream and he’s dead, and yet we’re joyous...
ARTSHOW IN A DREAM: by Wayan; 1983/9/18, a dream poem with 3 illustrations
A jaundiced dream of an art show that spelled out just how deeply I reject the rules behind modern art...
AWKWARD ENLIGHTENMENT: by Wayan; 2010/1/13; a dream of spiritual and practical advice
Anxious about a big party, I dream of being crowded. But a cat-centaur in the crowd attains enlightenment...
A BEAGLE, THREE WOLVES, AND A SETTER: by Wayan; 2009/2/6, a dream of wolf-training; Dreamverse #50
Fresh off the Beagle, Darwin and friends meet three wolf-girls on a train and exhibit a Pavlovian (or Biblical) reflex...
CAUTION: EXHIBITIONISM, SPECISM, PUNS
BEFORE BED: by Mary Ruefle, ca. 1995, a dream-poem on stewardship
In the cathedral, before the nation, I solemnly crown someone with my own detached head...
THE BEEP TREE: by Wayan; 1998, a dreamlike but true story.
I heard a noise out my window. I looked out, and saw something strange...
BEET: 5 Dreams One Night: by Wayan; 2013/10/30, Halloween dreams as poems
Parasites, Rambo, giant beets (or fetuses?), an exhibitionist and a living statue advise me on my love life...
CAUTION: NUDITY
BELIEF IS GRIEF: by Wayan; 1992. A two-page picture-poem
Anti-ideological rant calling experience water and belief... ice.
LA BELLE DAME SANS MERCI: by John Keats, April 1819, a sexy nightmare poem
A knight falls in love with a fey woman, until her previous victims warn him in a nightmare that she is...
CAUTION: GOTH TO THE MAX
BIRD-SENSE: by Wayan; 2013/7/20; a dreampoem on denied senses, provoked by an improvised Shakespearean play.
I dream I have sixth and seventh senses--and wake to realize I do! Just denied them, explained them away...
CAUTION: SHAKESPEAREAN HEFT
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 BLACK CURRENT: by Wayan; 1985/6/16, a slice-of-life dreamtale.
A dream-voyage round the world on the Black Current, only to wake up back in my animal village...
CAUTION: GORILLA MARRIAGE
BLACK SOLSTICE; 1978/12/23 by Wayan; a warning dream-poem
It had been a weirdly mild winter day, but in my dream black storms loomed as I tried to build shelter...
BLIND ANCESTORS: by Wayan; 2007/8/6, a nightmare poem about all of us
While we’re off at work, blind Ancestors come smash our homes--and we all take zombie vandal relatives for granted...
BLUEBEARD DRAG: by Wayan; 2008/9/5, a dream-poem, Dreamverse #22
On the waterfront, I meet a seductive girl. Well, guy. Well, serial killer. Um, I think I'll leave now...
CAUTION: HOMOPHOBIA OR SURVIVAL INSTINCT?
BOB THE TREE: by Catshall; c. 2013/6/21, a dream-haiku on our marriage
I dreamt Bob was a tree-god enthroned in ivy. I said...
BOILING MY FRIENDS: by Wayan; 1984, a nondream poem of letting go.
Giving up a circle of friends is like the collapse of a sun--do you dry up like a raisin... or explode?
BOLLYWOOD LOVE: by Wayan; 2009/4/12, a movie dream (duh!); Dreamverse #51
I live in a universe running on Bollywood rules. I can stand the constant singing and breakdancing; what gets under my skin is that Bollywood Code...
BOYS: by Wayan; 1993-99, a gender-equity poem.
When girls get their clits cut, even the UN takes notice. But mutilate boy genitals, and... big yawn!
CAUTION: TALK ABOUT SEX AND VIOLENCE--BUT HEY, IT'S ONLY BOYS
BREAK / FAST: by Roswila; c. 1987, a poem of a predictive dream
My friend stuffs a broken feeder with birdseed. I worry it'll attract too many wild birds. He laughs "Exactly!"...
BRIDGE, MOON, PROFESSOR, SHOES: by Dorothea Tanning; 2003? Poem of a flying dream
The moon invites me to go flying, but I get tired of magic and just want to go shopping...
THE BURBS: by Wayan; 1990/7/1, a true-story poem.
A perfectionist gardener builds perfect planterboxes while his seedlings starve. And so I left the burbs...
BURMA SHAVE: by Wayan; 1982, a poem on dreams.
If you dream, don't drive. If you drive, don't dream. A public safety message from the other world.
BUSINESSMEN HAVE SNOUTS: by Wayan; 2010/11/14, a dream-poem about... the US elections?
Businessmen grow short trunks and their necks stretch. They drive VW Beetles with the sunroof open. Works in summer, but...
BYRON’S DREAM: by Lord Byron; 1816, a dream of a love denied
An epic dream on the lifelong effects of unrequited love, compressed into seven stanzas...
CALIBAN IN ENGLAND: by Theodore Weiss; 1966 or 67; a dream-play never written
As I wrote a poem on Caliban, I dream I’m him: taken to Shakespeare’s England, shown as a freak, I must escape to save Miranda and Prospero from assassins...
THE CHAPARRAL OF TIME: by Wayan; 2008/10/21, a timetravel dream-poem: Dreamverse #36
I snorkel over the time-reefs to an era of talking animals--but why do I crash on the head of rocker Suzi Quatro?
CHEETAH: by Wayan; 110K, 1978-86, a poem on turning dreams into art.
I'm a cheetah working as a baker in Coconino County, Arizona, haunted by Krazy Kat...
CLAY AND HOP: by Wayan; 2009/10/30, a dream poem with sketches; Dreamverse #63
I touch the secret soul of a cancer survivor, upsetting her. To apologize, I become a goofy hopping god...
CAUTION: FONDLING SACRED FIGURINES
CLIFFMARE: by Wayan; 1988/10/8; a dream of lust vs freedom.
I was a wild mare in heat, torn between longing for sex, touch, love...and the fear of being tamed.
CAUTION: HORSE FRUSTRATION
COFFINS: by Beryl and Wayan; 1983/11/5, dark parallel dreams
Ghoulish games backstage at a psychodrama theater. Eerily similar dreams the same night--and THEN they turn out to be predictive...
CAUTION: SLOW DEATH
COYOTE'S DINNER PRAYER: by Wayan; 1998/6/5. A waking prayer-poem for you hungry coyotes.
Coyote's pagan parody of the Christian Lord's prayer. Well, actually, it's kind of sweet..
CAUTION: SACRILEGE, ESPECIALLY THE BIT ABOUT TEMPTATION
CRAZY JANE GROWN OLD LOOKS AT THE DANCERS: by W.B. Yeats; spring 1929?, a dream-based poem on envy
Crazy Jane watches a dancing couple's passionate games, and envies even their hate; to her, it's part of love...
CROC BOY: by Wayan; 2008/8/17, a dream-poem, Dreamverse #7.
I visit a witch-smeller, who judges apprentice shamans. But when a boy dreams he's a crocodile, watch out!
CROCODILE KING: by Christina Rossetti; 1855, a mysterious dream-poem.
On the Euphrates, one crocodile eats all his kin, bloating monstrously. But when a winged ship appears, he feigns remorse...
CURSE HER IN THE OAK: by Wayan; 2009/9/28, a short dream poem with sketch; Dreamverse #56
I'm a girl in rural Victorian England working as the county's magical protector. I have my hands full: a gang of thievish orphans has holed up in an invisibility tree! Showdown at the oak...
CUTENESS PAGEANT: by Wayan; 2008/8/29, a dream-poem, Dreamverse #16.
I'm trapped in a cutesy cartoon universe! Worse, to judge a beauty contest, I have to see past our style to our souls...
CYCLES AGO: dream by Maud Gonne, poem by WB Yeats; late July 1891, a dream-poem on reincarnation.
We were as if brother and sister of old in the desert land; they sold us in slavery together before this life had begun...
D, D, D: by Wayan; 1988/2/1, trance-poem during automatic writing (done to rewire my brain)
I always wrote some letters strangely--my 'd' was nearly illegible. So I set out to retrain my deep motor skills...
DAD'S DATES: by Wayan; 2008/8/17, a dream poem, Dreamverse #8.
After my mom's death, my dad starts dating again, while I hide out and wince. Can't I do anything positive?
DANCING BACKWARD: by Roswila; 2007/5/21, a punning dream-poem
I just watch as all the dance students practice the jive step. I think I already know that one...
DARE: by Catshall; c. 2013/6/13, a haiku on an incubated nightmare
I challenged my dreams to hit me with their worst. And they did...
DEANNA ON THE MAYAN STEPS: by Wayan; 1992/7/8, a nightmare poem.
Deanna Troy and I meet an alarming man atop a Mayan pyramid. Who will be the sacrifice?...
DICTY: by Wayan; 1990/5/?, a rantish poem on high-tech distraction
A catalog of American addictions and the absurd distinctions we make between them....
CAUTION: EMBARRASSING DRUG LIST
DISCARDS: by Wayan; 2008/3/24, a rap heard in a dream--Dreamverse #39
A Marin girl finds a dirty secret in the school library, and identifies with the discarded books--and people...
THE DOCTOR KILLS A TERN: by Wayan; 1988/9/24. A dream poem, Dreamverse #4
Dr Who kills his best friend, a huge white tern, on a whim. Furious, I demand a rewrite...
CAUTION: WANTON MURDER
DOCTOR VENTRIL: by Wayan; 1978/9/22, a nightmare where I'm the nightmare.
A doctor lures me into his office. What he turns out to be scares me less than how I defend myself...
CAUTION: VIOLENCE, ARACHNOPHOBIA
DOCTOR WHO AND DEATH: by Wayan; 1984/6/30, a hopeful dream of betrayal.
Dr Who, that BBC perennial, allies with Death. An alarming turn-around! What's he up to?
CAUTION: NICE ALIEN GOES BAD?
THE DOG KING: by Wayan; 2009/9/28, a short dream poem with portrait; Dreamverse #55
Around royalty, protocol gets complex. I love the Dog King; despite her title she's female. Does that make her a...
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...
DRAGON-JEWEL: by Wayan; 2013/6/27, a 1001 Nights dream-poem
I stumble on a dragon-hoard. Wizards and caliphs hunt me--how to get outa town? A brown coat and a delivery bike...
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...
DREAM OF KOA RETURNING: dreamed before 2009 by W.S. Merwin; dream poem on a revenant dog
I reached back slowly hoping to touch your long amber fur wondering if you might be a dream...
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?"
THE DREAM TREE: by Roswila; May 1997, a dream-poem on roots
I have no roots but those I steal--until my father leads me to a sacred tree, saying "Look to your mother"...
A DREAMKU PRIMER: by Roswila; 2007; how-to guide to dream haiku
Distilling a dream to one key image can clarify it. But don't be ruled totally by traditional haiku form...
DREAMKU, JUNE 2006: by Roswila; various dates up to June 2006; thirty dream-haiku
Daily dream-poems in haiku style, nonstop for a month. A flood of animals, revenant ghosts, sex changes...
DREAMKU, SEPTEMBER 2006: by Roswila; thirty dream-haiku with various dates from 1960-2006
One dream-poem in haiku style each day for a month! Ghosts, snow, penguins, yoga babies, elves who leave their tree...
DREAMKU, JANUARY 2007: by Roswila; various dates up to January 2007; 31 dream-poems--some longer forms than haiku
A month of dreams full of science fiction: galactic navigation, spacedragons, oppressed fairies, alien love...
DREAMKU, MARCH 2007: by Roswila; various dates up to March 2007; 31 dream-poems--some longer forms than haiku
Dream poems laid out like a calendar. Themes? Horses, camels, abused girls, vampires--all want their freedom...
DREAMKU, APRIL 2007: by Roswila; various dates up to April 2007; 30 dream-poems--mostly haiku but some longer
Dream haiku laid out like a calendar. Roswila's favorite is the pirate, but mine is the were-salamander...
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...
DREAMVERSES: by Wayan; Aug-Dec? 2008, a dream-poem experiment
Each morning when I wake, I write one dream as a poem. What’ll emerge by the hundredth day?
DRILL TO FLOW: by Wayan; 2011/4/8, an anti-frustration dream
A panel of argumentative gods grant me a spare lifetime of piano practice. It takes that long, but...
EAR TO THE, UH, WALL: by Wayan; dreamed 1983/10/10
Granny's magic nipple helps me foil the yuppies dumping toxic waste. But does it count if I did it just to save my own...
CAUTION: LOWLIFE LANGUAGE
EDITORS: by Gavin Ewart; late 1970s, recurring nightmares of censorship.
My new editor starts rejecting my poems. My new new editor rewrites them for me. I feel lucky not to be arrested...
THE ENTWINED CHILD AND MADAM PURR-SAY: by PurplePurplePurple; 2013/7/5, two mirroring poem-dreams the same night
I dream my autistic son, miraculously high-functioning, recites a math-poem to a crowd...
Then I become cartoon cat Madam Purr-Say and chant my own defiant poem at the dream gods...
CAUTION: FIRST POEM AUTISTIC, SECOND PISSY
ETNA-SHASTA, or, GROOM YOUR OWN FEATHERS: by Wayan; 2008/9/18, a dream-poem, Dreamverse #28
On a volcano's rim, watching the lava fountains, I interview a huge blue alien bird who never planned to be a monk...
EVIL ARCHY: by Wayan; April 2008; a non-dream poem in terze rima
Money, power, race and gender don't stifle my friends who work as much as hierarchical structure...
FAR ALONG IN THE STORY: dreamed before 2009 by W.S. Merwin; a surreal dream poem
The flock of cranes called to the boy but he could not hear what they were telling him...
FATHER CARES: by Roswila, 2007/9/7?; a dream haiku
A watershed dream for me, since my relationship with my father was, shall I say, conflicted...
CAUTION: ABUSE ISSUES
FATHERLOOMS: by Wayan; 1983/?, a nonliteral diagnostic nightmare.
I was a 30ish woman discovering that my chronic pelvic inflammation was from childhood molestation...
CAUTION: MOLESTATION IN DREAM-PAST
FERRYGOAT: by Wayan; 2009/8/15, a dream warning what I was becoming; Dreamverse #48
That levitating bear's not tightrope-walking--she rides a goat strung like soap-on-a-rope. A goat that's me! I'm eating...
CAUTION: UGH!
FETAL PAUSE: by Wayan; 2008/8/31, a nightmare-poem, Dreamverse #17
As I write a sad sex dream, a madman curls up fetally in the road outside my window. I'm slow to call 9-1-1, and...
FIBONACCI: by Wayan; 2011/4/18, a dream-poem with answers
My friends are all computer programs. But then, so am I. But it's not so bad, because...
CAUTION: DREAM-PUNS
FIGURE AND FIELD: by Wayan; May 1990, a poem on the dark side of a human ability
We see patterns everywhere... but that also means we relegate nonpatterns to the background...
FIRST IMPRESSIONS: by Wayan; 2004/5/20, a dreamsong (MP3+lyrics); Dreamverse #0
I meet a monster--half earthworm, half giraffe. Then I realize she’s kind of cute...
FIVE BLUNT TEETH: by Wayan; 2011/2/17, a biting ode
I read The Best American Poetry, 2007, but it just isn't, and I find myself writing a Savage Response...
FLIGHT: by Denise Levertov; 1945; a dream poem
I meet William Blake! He says "The will is given us that we may know the delights of surrender." While in my bedroom...
FOR WORLD DREAM BANKERS: by Patagia; 2007/9/21, a praise-poem for dreamers
Dreamwork takes discipline, but writing and painting dreams for others takes even more: courage!
FORGET THE FLEURS DU MAL: by Wayan; 1983/1/1?, a poem on nightmares.
In the richest regions of the sea, dead stuff wells up to meet the light. Do we have similar zones?
FOX-MOTHER: by Wayan; 2008/8/12, a dream poem; Dreamverse #2.
The goddess of the Cult of Clutter catches a little thief, and tastes her to see if she’s worthy...
(A DREAM OF) FRANCES SPEEDWELL: by Robert Graves; 1971?, a dream-poem
Decades ago, I was too shy to talk to Frances. Now I'm going upstairs with a girl who looks like her but...
FREUD WAS SOME WRONG ABOUT DREAMS, and THE AUTUMN BREEZE: by John Berryman; ca. 1967, two of his surreal Dream Songs.
After a year of intense dreamwork, Berryman rejects Freud and accepts open-ended dreaming...
CAUTION: SIXTIES STONER REBELLING AGAINST SPELLING... and grammar... and punctuation...
FROG: by Wayan; 120K, 2000/4/19, a narrative digital picture-poem
I was single and tired of kissing frogs. Then I realized--I AM one. Or worse: a pretentious polliwog...
FROM THE HORSE'S MOUTH: by Roswila, August 2002; a dream-poem illustrating dream reentry
My horse and I dove into a lagoon and sought buried treasure on the sea-floor. What are we really after?
GEEK SHORTAGE: by Wayan; 135K, 1990-95. Digital panorama on body image--literally.
A narrative mural on the sexiness of dancers, as I became one--at the moment I lost my old geeky self...
THE GIANTESS OF THVERA: by Viga-Glum Eijolfsson of Iceland; early 940s?, a very public clairvoyant dream.
Viga-Glum dreamt a giant spirit asked to enter his home. "She must be the spirit-guide of my grandfather in Norway. He is dead...
GISLI THE OUTLAW: by Gisli the Outlaw of Iceland; 966-973, a series of at least ten life-saving dreams.
Gisli had two spirit-wives who told him in dreams how to evade the bounty-hunters after him... for 13 years!
GODEVILLE: by Wayan; 2013/9/1, a nightmare of over-divinity
I'm at a vaudeville for gods, as they trot their stuff. Then Cthulhu the squid-god tries to stomp me. Then Cthulhu gets horny...
CAUTION: INSULTS VARIOUS GODS... AND THEIR DISGUSTING JUICES
GOLD EGG: by James Russell Lowell: 1850s? a dream-poem
I dreamt of a couple who toss out a shabby hen that lays golden eggs. She becomes an eagle and carries me off to...
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?
GRAVE: by Wayan; 1999, a poem of everyday life, if this is your everyday life.
So I looked out my window and saw this guy burying a tiny robed woman in a trench in the street...
HALF-ELF: by Wayan; 1996/2/14, a predictive dream fable.
A biracial girl doubts her own heritage; a human friend has to confirm the obvious. So what am I blind to?
HAMM: by Wayan; 2008/9/26, a dream poem; Dreamverse #31
A lecturer tries to help the homeless founder of Hamm's Beer, robbed by bankers. But the talk may harm more than help...
HELL CAFE: by Wayan; 2009/10/21, a dream poem w/sketch; Dreamverse #62
A Buddhist scroll shows me Hell Cafe, where diners become entrees. But I read the scroll backwards! You can escape Hell just by walking out, against the traffic flow...
CAUTION: CANNIBAL SOULS
HELL IS HEAVEN!: by John Keats; 1819, a happy scandalous dream
I dreamt I was in the outermost circle of Dante's Hell, among condemned lovers, floating forever, in love, in bliss...
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?
HER LOVELY AWKWARD SYNTH, by Wayan, 2009/3/9; a dream-poem, Dreamverse #43
A musical prodigy has a gorgeous, unplayable keyboard. But serious creativity takes a dull, regular, ergonomic instrument...
HIJACK! The Christmas Special: by Wayan; 2012/4/13, a trapped-in-bad-TV dream.
I'm stuck on a jet full of cartoons. We get hijacked by a kid who just wants pilot practice, and then a cactus counterhijacks us...
CAUTION: THE F-WORD
HOW TO SURVIVE NUCLEAR WAR: by Maxine Kumin; early 1980s, a dream poem.
In Japan, sick in bed, reading a book on radiation sickness, I dream of a restorative ritual for trees...
CAUTION: GRUESOME
I DIDN’T DIVE IN: by Herbert Read; before 1938, a dream-poem experiment.
I watched her dive into the lake and not come up. Her golden cloak floated on the water. I hesitated just a moment, and...
I DREAM OF DERIVERRANS: by Wayan; 1982/11/16, a Joycean dream of surrender.
I must rescue Ann Soforth from righteous rapists, then Paul McCartney from a musical curse...
CAUTION: ABUSED CHILD, JOYCEAN LANGUAGE
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...
IN PRAISE OF DREAMS: by Wislawa Szymborska; c. 1992, a paean to why dreamwork's fun
Yes, dreamwork can be heavy, but remember all you can do in dreams...
THE INCEST DREAM: by Maxine Kumin; 1979? a dream-poem
While my brother was dying, I had a succession of vivid premonitory dreams about him...But I was in no way prepared for...
INCEST IMPROV: by Wayan; 2005/6/13, a dream-poem, Dreamverse #21
Improv-dancing with my sister, I get turned on. But then a repressed Asian girl joins our dance, and...
CAUTION: INCEST MENTIONED. OOPS, TOO LATE.
INDUSTRY'S SHORE: by Wayan; 2008/9/24, a dream poem; Dreamverse #30
In the hills above a polluted shore, I find hidden valleys with huge rare trees, and realize it's my choice...
THE INVESTOR DREAMS A WOLF: by Wayan; 1983/10/30, a dream poem.
My dream characters aged and tamed until they sit in a genteel Victorian flat. Then a wolf rappels in...
INVOKE THE ANIMAL POWERS (or was it PROVOKE?): by Wayan; 2008/9/9, a dream-poem, Dreamverse #24
A children's performance of "Where the Wild Things Are" turns into a riot-orgy. Why do I think it's all about politics?
CAUTION: WILD THING ORGY
IRISES: by Frederic Mistral; 1834, a four-year-old's ecstatic dream
That day Frederic, craving irises, fell in the water three times. At night he swam through a warm-water iris paradise...
IS A SUN: by Wayan; 1991? Digital nondream picture-poem.
Poem by Emily Dickinson on fighting depression, which I get when my neuroallergies are severe...
JAMES MERRILL REMEMBERED: by Rachel Hadas; around May 1995; two dream-poems
Soon after my friend and mentor James Merrill died, I had recurring, elusive dreams about him...
JELLY REBELLION: by Wayan; 2008/8/19, a poem of a diagnostic dream, Dreamverse #9
I interview my own metabolism. Trouble in Cellville! I've got strikers and usurpers. But at least no invaders...
JOE COOL IN FINANCIAL HELL: by Wayan; 2009/6/15; Dreamverse #46
When the school district goes bankrupt, students flee creditors into a hell-cave. But Joe Cool can skateboard on lava in the pit...
KING KONG CRAB: by Wayan; 2008/9/20, a dream poem; Dreamverse #29
One wizardry-classmate summons strange beings; another's learned how not to. Some things should be avoided at rush hour...
KISS THE CATS: by Wayan; 2008/8/23, a dream poem, Dreamverse #13
I have to kiss a mess of cats. Fishy, but I'm not chicken. My real beef is with the humans watching...
KUBLA KHAN: by Samuel Coleridge; summer 1797, an interrupted dream-poem
In Xanadu did Kubla Khan a stately pleasure-dome decree (at least until that visitor from Porlock barged in...)
CAUTION: POET ON PAIN MEDS
LARRY'S MULTIVERSE: by Wayan; 2008/2/16, a dream poem, Dreamverse #14
My shamanic teacher lures me into a labyrinth ruled by wizards whose magic-monopoly's about to fall...
LEMON PEOPLE: by Wayan; 2008/8/11, a dream poem; Dreamverse #1.
A dream-fable of lemons who are really orange-people infected by a spore turns out to be about me...
THE LESSON: by W.H. Auden; 1942, a poem on three linked nightmares
I'm told "Your lives are not in order." The golden crown's too heavy. I win my lover's hand--only the hand. What are my dreams accusing me of?
CAUTION: SEVERED HAND, SUBTLE GUILT
LILY OXYGEN: by Wayan; 500K, 16 illus.; dreamed 1984/1/19, drawn 2000; a strong psychic dream.
I'm Emily Dickinson reborn in 2100 as a peaceful breeder of hydroponic lilies, till my dad drafts me as an Arctic energy-prospector, where I meet a ghost, a fiery Beast, a new me, and the girl of my dreams...
CAUTION: QUEER-POSITIVE, NUDE PROSPECTORS, GNOMIC DICKINSON QUOTES
LINES COMPOSED IN SLEEP: by Owen Meredith; before 1887; a Kubla-Khanlike poem-fragment
I dreamt an epic poem on a sinister ruined city now home only to reptiles. I woke with at least a hundred lines, but...
LITTLE BAD DREAM CHARM: by Kathy Fagan; 2001? A slip-filled dream-poem
Half asleep, I scrawl a nightmare of trying to rescue gasping boyfish, but my dreamwriting goes wrong too...
LITTLE DEVILS: by Roswila, 2007/10/30; a dreamku
A dream haiku of little devils dancing the conga. What's it mean? Well, check the date...
THE LONGING TO BE SAVED: by Maxine Kumin; 1980? a poem based on recurring nightmares
I save our horses from a fire, but they run back in. Then it's my family I must save from themselves. At last, it's my turn...
THE LORD CHANCELOR'S NIGHTMARE: by Gilbert & Sullivan; 1882, a comic song-lyric on insomnia
The Lord Chancelor can't sleep, and when at last he does, he drifts through nightmares full of baby lawyers and potted tradesmen sprouting fruit, and cutthroat corporate scheming. But that's Victorian dreaming!
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...
MAELSTROM AND BORE: by Wayan; 1995/1/23, poem telling a predictive dreamlet.
An avian friend of mine researches a whirlpool. But it doesn't want to be studied, and it has friends too...
MAFIA DENTIST: by Wayan, 2007/7/10; a predictive comic nightmare.
My dentist (a Haitian Mafia leader) sends a message to my dad (also a Mafia don) by dental cruelty....
MAN TRIUMPH ANT: by Wayan; 1990, a lost typographical picture-poem
The image got lost, but the words survived, so here's the poetic saga of an ant that left th' farm...
A MATE FOR THE BLACK STALLION: by Roswila; 2009/3/15, a dream-poem
A mare's brought in to save a rare bloodline. She's young but as extraordinary as her mate: part filly, part feline...
MENOLLY: Love Song to a Dragonsinger: by Wayan; 1977, a dreamish poem on giftedness and abuse.
As a kid I was haunted by the parallels between Menolly of Pern and me...
MIRIEL INTERRUPTUS: by Miriel and Wayan; 1978/9/5 and 1978/9/6; two embarrassing parallel dreams
Wayan dreams he and his sister grope toward sex in the kitchen, when two of her friends burst in...
Miriel dreams she's having sex with a boy from her choir, when two of her friends burst in...
CAUTION: FRUSTRATION, INCEST, CAUGHT IN SEX
THE MOOMIN COMMISSIONERS OF TIME: by Wayan; 2008/9/17, a dream-poem, Dreamverse #27
A new Eve asks the Time Commission to send her back to Ethiopia 45,000 years ago. But they're shy Moomintrolls, not humans...
MOVING: by Roswila, 2007/10/13 and 2007/10/23; a recurring dreamku
My dreams support a radical break from my past--to let go of possessions and friends in a cross-country move...
MULTIPLEX: by Wayan; 1987/1/9, a dream on multiple dreamselves.
Inside my brain's a fractured legislature--a hive-mind where all de beez disagreez...
MUSICIAN AND FOXTAIL, by Wayan, 2009/2/14, a dream-poem, Dreamverse #40
In Palo Alto I meet strange musicians in the rain, and realize kitsune aren't born but made...
MUTT HUNCH: by Roswila, 2007/11/13; a dreamku
A dream haiku telling of a dog-pack saved by the intuition of a mutt with a mangled ear...
MY MOTHER'S CLOSET: by Rachel Hadas, c. 2000; a dream-poem provoking a 2008/9/16 dream by Chris Wayan
I was in my mother's closet, trying on her outfits, and trapped in Hamlet, too...
MY PAST CHANGES SO: by Wayan; 1985, a poem on healing-stages.
It takes time to build yourself out of found objects and trash...
MY POETIC LICENSE: by Wayan; 2008/10/5, a self-referencing dream poem; Dreamverse #33
Renewing one's life has its costs. What if you can't pay the price? A dreamlet of warning and shame...
MY TREE: by Wayan; 170K, 12/12/2007, 2-page comic of a persistent delusion.
I keep feeling I'm a reincarnated rainforest creature just passing for human. When all I want is...
CAUTION: TOBACCO
NEUTRINO EYES: by Wayan; 1983, a poem on dark matters.
ESP is like having neutrino detectors for eyes: what radiates from people's cores blinds you to their surfaces...
NICHE: by Wayan; 1990, a poem on crashing your computer.
A poem linking the dawn of digital art to early, tinny phonographs, cranky film cameras...
CAUTION: IDEAS
THE NIGHT DREAM: by Archibald MacLeish; 1926-33?, a dream poem.
A joyous day with a strange woman who seems not to be his wife, until he touches her hand and knows...
NO MAN IS ISLAND: by Wayan; 125K, 1990, poem refuting John Donne's, illustrated with dreamselves.
No Man is Island. So Men say. I am not a Man...
NOT OUR HAWAI'I: by Wayan; 2008/8/20, a dream poem; Dreamverse #10
My sister & I swim round a weirdly shrunken Pacific, until, near Fiji, we blunder too close to the drain...
NOW WE ARE 48: by Laurel Blossom, 1991; a dream-poem of a rescue.
At the beach I dive into deep water to save my drowning friend Kathy, and find it’s not so clear who’s who...
ODE TO PSYCHE: by John Keats; 1819, a poem based on a dream-encounter
Keats met two winged lovers nesting in the woods: Eros and Psyche, the last Olympians, worshipless...
ODE TO SPAM: by Wayan; 2007/10/11, a poem about the wonders of email
Why couldn't Adam Smith (that fool Pandora) keep our glittering greed in the box asleep?
OH, WAIT: by Wayan; 2008/10/3, an illustrated dream poem; Dreamverse #32
I'm a spy tracking down coinlike bombs. Fighting a double agent, I fall in love! So I suggest her gang rob golden-parachute bankers...
CAUTION: POOLSIDE SEX
ON BEING NEEDY/NEEDED: by Roswila; February 2002, a dream-poem
In her kitchen she offers me shortcake. She's short herself, for she gives her all to everyone--only a bodiless head is left...
ONE-EYED BOY: by Roswila; 2009/4/5, a dreamku on the limits of desire
You'd think his Christmas wish would be "a new eye"; well it was, in a way...
ONLY A PIECE OF PAPER: by Wayan; 1980/12/15, a dreamsong.
Kate Wolf sings that ads are way dirtier than porn. But my memory slowly twists her message...
ORE PIRATES, by Wayan, 2009/5/29; a dream-poem, Dreamverse #45
I'm in prehistoric Baja mining nuggets that howl, when pterodactyl-worshiping pirates glide in to snatch our ore...
ORIOLE GIRL: by Wayan; 100K, 7 illus., 1992/1/23, a poem telling a psychic dream.
While conducting a census of fairies in Golden Gate Park, I fall in love with an abused oriole-angel, and we try to heal each other...
CAUTION: AWKWARD SEX
THE OTHER PILLAR: by Roswila; 2007/12/9, a double dreamku
A kinky seduction slips into something more uncomfortable: the Qabbalah? Or possibly leather...
CAUTION: EROTICA OR ESOTERICA?
PARVATI SAWS THE WALL: by Wayan; 2013/6/26, a dream-poem about a kook
A martial-arts student won't fight the teacher she loves--not even for her final exam. Instead she gets a rotary saw and...
PEGASUS LANDS: by Roswila; early 1990s? A collaborative haiga [picture-poem] of a dream
Haiku by Roswila of a dream of meeting a winged horse, illustrated by her late friend Janet...
PET AD, OR, RENTADOG: by Wayan; 1996/11/9, an illustrated Shakespearean singles-ad.
I put a singles ad in our paper, but I just couldn't say what I really wanted to. Now, I can...
CAUTION: SEX, DRUGS, AND DOGGEREL
THE PHOENIX: by A.C. Benson; 1894. A dream-poem.
I don't understand this poem's symbolism or even its style. It came to me whole, in a dream...
PICARD'S ANGELS: by Wayan; 1993/1/7, a poem; alternate treatment of the dream PICARDIAN ANGELS
As a boy on Martinique, Jean-Luc Picard wished for so much so hard, his angels have to work overtime...
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...
PINHEAD HEAVEN: by Wayan; 2013/7/12, an absurd dream-poem
I'm in heaven. But... what can you do up here? And it's so small. Where is everyone?...
CAUTION: WE FIND OUT
PLUSH BEAR: by Wayan; 1994/8/3, a dream poem.
Two mimes terrorize our art class in a stretchable bear-suit. At least we HOPE it's a suit...
PRAISE THE DANCING GOONS: by Wayan; 2008/10/16, a dream-poem: Dreamverse 34
Three big tap-dancing kidnappers is too many to fight. So I try admiring their kidnapping technique...
PRECAMBRIAN SLEUTH, or, MURDER BY ATMOSPHERE: by Wayan; 2013/6/2, a shamanic warning dream.
I'm a detective in a research station two billion years ago. No one warns me the ancient atmosphere isn't just anoxic, but deadly...
PRESIDENT OF THE WORLD: by Wayan; 2009/10/19, a dream poem w/sketch and map; Dreamverse #61
I get stuck with a one-year mandatory gig as President of the World just as Saudi Arabia collapses, and fools rush in...
PURR: by Wayan; Sept. 1981, watercolor of a dream.
I dreamed our family's black cat Persephone had to make a life-decision...
PURSUED, I RAN INTO THE BARN: by Dorothea Tanning; 2003? A nightmare-poem
A monster's out to eat my dog--and maybe me. We get cornered in the barn...
RABBIT WORLD: by Wayan; 260K total, 6-page comic of a 1990/9/26 dream.
I'm a telepathic rabbit defending our world from space-laser attack. We do, but do we modernize too much?
CAUTION: IDEAS
THE RAPTURE OF MY DARK DREAM: by Edna St Vincent Millay; 1945?, a nightmare in free verse
Millay dreams her lover’s attacked in the street, and wakes to realize it’s already happened; he’s lost.
RATTLER BANQUET: by Wayan; 1993/1/29, a farcical nightmare poem.
My parents invite me to dinner, but my mom chases a rattlesnake up my leg. Then I wake to find two holes in my...
RETARDED STARS, by Wayan, 2009/2/28; a dream-poem, Dreamverse #42
A horde of demented dwarves invades Market Street, jumping up & down, shaking the skyscrapers...
RIDING MY UNICORN: by Wayan; 1993? Digital picture-poem of incubated vision.
I'm single and feeling shy. So I asked my dreams for an image of my true love, and got...
CAUTION: SEX
ROBERT’S PLAN: by William Blake; late 1788; an advisory dream...
Blake was broke. Couldn’t pay to typeset Songs of Innocence and Experience. But his brother showed him in a dream...
ROBINSON JEFFERS AS A SHAMAN: by Wayan; 1996/7/28, a little shamanic shoptalk
Jeffers, that harsh, visionary, ecological poet, seems drunk on Darwinism, blind to how kindness matters...
CAUTION: BRAIN REQUIRED
THE ROCKS OF EDEN: by Wayan; 1982/11/28; painting-poem, summing up a life-phase, yet not a dream.
A proud angry picture-poem during a hard time, when great gifts flowed through my hands...
SALESCURVE MOUNTAINS: by Wayan; 1995; nondream digital poster-poem.
The unemployed angel with her resume is the Goddess of Freedom...
SANTA CLUMP: by Wayan; 2009/9/16, a dream-poem; Dreamverse #54
I find myself sitting on toy trains and fake snow as I'm told a fable: how a herd of department-store Santas got lost in a blizzard...
SASQUATCH FOOTPRINT: by Roswila; May 1996, a dream-poem on the loss of wildness
I meet a female Bigfoot, who, to my surprise, quietly speaks my tongue. She's mourning the death of her infant son...
SATANAGRAM: by Wayan; 1998/8/1, a Christmas song lyric.
A hard-hitting rap on Satan's dumbest disguise. Yet he's gotten away with it! The shocking truth...
CAUTION: LANGUAGE! SACRILEGE! MUCILAGE! (FOR THE BIG WHITE BEARD)
SAW HER IN HALF?: by Wayan; 2008/8/28, a warning dream-poem, Dreamverse #15
A sorceror's apprentice describes a medical procedure her teacher plans. I sure wouldn't want that done to ME...
CAUTION: TALK OF BLOOD AND SEX
THE SERMON OF CARMEN DOG: by Wayan; 1990/9/10, the ultimate public-speaking nightmare.
Animal poets at an open mic. My turn! And I find... I'm one. A creature without grammar...
SHAPESHIFTER FEVER: by Wayan; 1989/1/30, a dream poem.
A summer love affair with a shapeshifting alien turns awkward when she gets a high fever, and...
CAUTION: UGH!
SHE DREAMS OF BELLY DANCING: by Daughn Lee and Roswila; 1999 (2000?), a collaborative dream-poem
Alternating stanzas by very different poets, based on Roswila's dream of bellydancing in the streets...
SHELL AND STONE: by William Wordsworth; late 1840s, a dream of a new Great Flood
An Arab shows me a stone he calls a book, and a shell that speaks prophecies of the flood rushing toward us over the desert...
SHIP OF JADE: by Wayan; 2009/11/7, an illustrated dreampoem on dreampoetry! Dreamverse #64
My dreams are made of lovely carvable jade. Too bad my tools and skills suit our plastic age...
SHY NO MORE: by Wayan; 2008/8/13. A dream poem, Dreamverse #3
I play the lovers in a teen romance: shy abused boy, insecure girl. But I get tired of the script, and...
CAUTION: LANGUAGE
SILKY'S SONNET: by Wayan; 1983, an illustrated psychotic poem.
A love poem to the black nightmare I kept meeting in my dreams, who finally married me...
CAUTION: SEX TALK
SKY AND PRESTER JOHN: by Wayan; 2009/9/30, two short dream poems with sketches; Dreamverse #57
My neurotic sister and I both lust for a girl named Sky; then I flee a gang of popes and lamas and mullahs...
SKY-THAW; 2012/6/8 by Wayan; a comic surreal political dream-poem
While watching two rooftop actors (one a chicken) I noticed the icebergs in the sky were melting at last...
SLAVES DON'T DANCE: by Wayan; 400K (17 ill.), 1999/8/1, an epic Shakespearean dream.
tolen by the Fairy Queen, I'm made nurse to her great project: creating life! But her synthetic baby is...
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...
SLUGS: by Ellen Frank; 2010/11/24, a molluscan dream poem
My friend and I are banana slugs on the forest floor. We wander out into chaparral, and across a bike path...
SMALL MIRACLES: by Wayan; 2008/9/7, two dream-poems (Tiny Scientists and Barberry); Dreamverse #23
Things start materializing in my house: first three tiny naked scientists and then an impossible fruit...
CAUTION: NUDE SCIENTISTS
SNAPDRAGON : 2009/12/17, an illustrated dreampoem.
I'm a werewolf-girl in love with a gender-dysphoric weredragon in love with a man who's very, very patient with all our shiftiness...
CAUTION: NUDITY (SKIN, FUR and SCALE), SHIFTY PEOPLE (BI, WERE and QUEER)
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...
SONG FOR THE DANCE: by Roswila; 2000/11/25, a dream-poem
A joyful song about ignoring your critics. The last stanza came verbatim from the dream...
SORB TRUCE: by Wayan; 2008/9/1, a dream-poem, Dreamverse #20
In a desert crawling with aliens who can absorb your mind, I propose a truce, and gain...
SOUL-BOARD: by Wayan; 1989/1/12, an illustrated dream poem.
Africa. My horse trusted me as we faced lions and fire, but to face the Soul-Board, he must trust himself...
SPRINTERS AND SPHINX: by Wayan; 2009/11/13, a dream poem.
Divers made of ice swept the Traffic-Leaping Olympics. Did they cheat? I sought my friend the Sphinx...
SPUTTERNIK: by Wayan; 1979, a Beat poem: the comedy of the streets.
A street poet preaches a gospel of smallness, until he pokes at capitalism in a slightly too personal way...
STABBED ALIVE: by Roswila; 2007/10/9, a nightmare-poem
I defeat the knife-wielder, in spite the blade in my belly I can't pull out. I may have to let it be...
STRUCK BY THOUGHT: by Wayan; 1983, a picture-poem experiment: one dream per stanza!
Five short dreams exploring the weight of culture on our animal selves...
SURF THE SAN ANDREAS: by Wayan; 2008/8/21, three short dreampoems, Dreamverse #11
Through twin gates of dream--not ivory and horn any more, but fear and trust...
Three castles on the sea, lovely or lame: a Mock Kremlin, a Ship of Toiletpaper, and a Ship of Brick and Beer...
A mad old surfer of the San Andreas Fault, impossibly riding earth-change...
SURFACE TENSION: by Roswila; 2007/12/8, an anxiety-dream poem
Skimming over the lake on surface tension as two sharks prowl beneath, I'm not sure who's fishing for whom...
SWEATERPANTS FOR CHRIST!: by Wayan; 2011/6/30, a comic sartorial nightmare poem
I pull my mom's sweater onto my legs but get tangled (and bits of anatomy dangle). Worse, I'm emulating Jesus...
CAUTION: WARDROBE DYSFUNCTION. IN FACT, GENERAL MASCULINITY DYSFUNCTION.
TACKY IS AN ANGLO IDEA, or, NEW BRACELET!: by Wayan; 1983. Bicultural nondream vision
I like bad taste. Taste always tasted like another Anglo conspiracy to keep me from having fun...
TEETH IN HIS THIGH: by Wayan; 2008/10/30, an embarrassing dream-poem: Dreamverse #37
The Conference on Love has two sexy speakers. One says "my teacher's stalking me" but she clings to him. Love? Hate? Both?
CAUTION: EXHIBITIONISM--but what are these two exhibiting?
TERRIBLE HORSE: by Louise Bogan; 1941, poem of a healing dream
A stallion reared to strike me. He was all the fear and rage I’d repressed for 35 years. I cowered til a woman said “offer him...
THAT WIND: by Wayan; 1986/8/29; an undream poem on a daymare
Nightmares can warn. But when you're certainly awake, what interpretation and what warning can you take from relentless ill-luck?
THEY FEED THEY LION: by Philip Levine; late 1960s; a dream-poem
A phrase spoken by a workmate triggers two dreams, the parents of this poem; it emerged a few days later as you see it...
CAUTION: POLITICAL RAGE, SURREALISM
THINGS WASH OFF: by Wayan; 2009/4/22, a dream fingering the cause of a breakup; Dreamverse #49
Those Hollywood lovers in the tub seem perfect together, until... oh, read the title!
CAUTION: RACE- AND GENDER-BENDING
THE THIRTIES REVISITED: by Maxine Kumin; late 1970s; a dream-poem
Dreams of my childhood--bootlegger dad, critical mom, gun-happy uncles, slaughtered squirrels, slaughtered Jews...
THIRTY DAYS; 1980/4/15-16 by Wayan; a poem on an ill-timed premonition--or something worse
Did hotspring-sex turn creepy because I sensed the madman stalking us? Or did sex-without-love summon him?
CAUTION: CREEPY SEX, PREMONITIONS
THIS DREAM HAUNTS THE DAY: by Roswila; 1999, a dreampoem on transference
My father's trapped in a crashed car. But I'm distracted by a young man whose palm cups a living flame...
THREE DREAMS: by Robley Wilson; July 4, 1975?; a dream-poem
Dead fish in a poisoned stream, dead kittens in a pit... and advice from the woman who revives them with a touch.
THE TIGER WHEEL, by Wayan, 2009/4/25; a dream-poem, Dreamverse #44
A tiger-couple on an ice floe must choose: swim for land, or ride the current full circle round the sea, risking starvation?
TIME-BUBBLE: by Wayan; 2008/9/1, a dream-poem, Dreamverse #19
In a city crawling across a marshy world, I find a detonating bomb frozen in a time-ball. Why do they bear this risk?
TO THE SNAKE: by Denise Levertov; 1959?; a short dream-poem
I loved the feel of the green snake, and reassured my friends it wasn't poisonous, but really...
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
12 SWALLOWS, 700 DAUGHTERS: by Wayan; 1972/10/14, a dream poem on compassion; Dreamverse #5
Alchemy demands I kill ten swallows. I refuse! Instead, twelve birds and I fuse and fly over a magic wood...
TWENTY-SIX LETTERS, or, A Complete Summary of Poesy; early August 1992 by Wayan and Cory; a haiku slam?
You get 26 dice with letters on every face. Roll them all. Your haiku must use every letter. Go!
UNCERTAIN ONEIROMANCY: by Denise Levertov; 1993? a dream poem
I led a blind man through a vast art museum underground. But focused on guiding him, I too was blind to the beauty...
UNGHOSTS OF CHINA: by Wayan; 2009/9/2, a mysterious dream-poem; Dreamverse #53
After a day of nonstop art, I'm in rural China. Two women tell me their village declared them dead, killed by demons...
THE UNICORN MASK OF IGNORABILITY: by Wayan; 2009/10/13, a dream poem with sketch; Dreamverse #59
My family home's invaded by ancient Egyptian architects. So I put on my unicorn mask and eavesdrop on their plans...
UNIVERSITY OF THE SIERRA: by Wayan; 1975/10/10, a pun-studded dream poem
Jealous of newlyweds, I grind my teeth to splinters. But the Great Ice did that to Sierra granite, and that turned out fine...
AN UNPRODUCTIVE SQUIRREL: by Wayan; 2013/11/27, an advisory shamanic dreamlet
I meet a giant squirrel. But a Committee condemns the squirrel for such long periods of unproductive hibernation. The squirrel points out a teensy flaw...
THE VACUUM CLEANER QUARTET: by Wayan; 1981, four bizarre poems.
All I know about humans, I learned in psychodrama. I gawked as caterpillars grew wings. Except me...
VERY FUNNY, MR. MOSLEY: by Wayan; 2009/10/8, a dream poem with sketches; Dreamverse #58
Trapped in a blend of Joan of Arcadia and The Tempest Tales, I'm tired of being the pratfall sidekick...
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?
VIRGINIA'S TRAIN: by Emily Joy; 2005/9/24, a psychic dream and poem
We lose control of our new time machine, which seems to have its own agenda...
CAUTION: CONTEMPLATION OF SUICIDE, CHRONOLOGICALLY IMPAIRED DREAMER
THE VISION: by Robert Herrick; 1648, an eroti-political dream poem
I dreamt Anacreon the poet reeled with drink and lust--and I am wild and wanton like to him...
WASTE: by Wayan; 100K, 1990/5/15, a desert singles poem, 11 images.
A road trip through New Mexico mutates into a tour of my relationship disasters...
WE MARCHED THROUGH THE CITY OF SAINT FRANCIS: by Wayan; 1982/5/1?, a dream-influenced poem.
After a peace march in San Francisco, I saw us as deer, and Americans as dogs. Yet WE frighten THEM...
THE WEEPING BRAIN: by Wayan; 2010/12/5; an anti-workaholic nightmare poem
My sister just bought a biocomputer: an enslaved human brain in a box of weeping skin...
THE WELL: by Denise Levertov; 1960?; a dream-poem
I meet my own muse--the muse of all of us, perhaps--scooping water from a sacred well...
THE WHITE DEER, RE-ENACTED: by Wayan; 2009/3/2, a parabolic dreampoem.
I'm living in an England rendered in chalk. We wander the woods with butterfly nets, ritually hunting the White Deer--if that's what they really are...
WHOSE DREAM WAS IT?: by Wayan; 2008/10/18, a nested-dream poem, Dreamverse #35.
I'm a Chinese kid fleeing the Japanese Occupation in 1938. As we near San Francisco, I wake to find it's all my dad's dream. Wait... he's alive again? But he wasn't a refugee. Is this a pastlife memory, and if so, whose--his or mine?
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...
WITHOUT KNOWING: dreamed before 2009 by W.S. Merwin; a dream poem on flying
I was flying south so it was autumn, numberless autumn with its leaves already far below me...
WITNESS: by Patagia, 2006/2/16, a poem of a redemptive nightmare
A woman I had wronged set her pit bull on me! Hand in its jaws, I gave in, and we both began crying...
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...
WORLD TOUR: by Sharon Boyle; 1937?, a nightmare told to her mom, poet Kay Boyle
This little man comes into the chapel, makes a fascist salute, and catches fire. He burns right down to his shoes...
THE WORM: by Emily Dickinson, mid-1870s?, a nightmare-poem
Emily Dickinson ties up a worm she mistrusts. Bad move! It grows into a talking snake with a score to settle...
YEATS: by Wayan; 1990/1/1, a poem wrestling with Yeats's visions.
Our dilemma is, now that we have the power to get what we want... what exactly was it we wanted?


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