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PICTURE-POEMS

I'm using "picture-poem" as a working term for a common but unrecognized art medium that mixes words and pictures but (unlike comics) takes place all in the moment, not in a story where a time-dimension's expressed in the layout. They include the work of Blake and Kenneth Patchen (who coined the term "picture-poem" for his late work), some classic Japanese paintings and prints, quite a lot of magazine advertising, many posters, some murals and graffiti, and of course modern art borrowing from all these sources.

It's a form suited for short, intense dreams. Plus, you can hang it on a wall where it'll nag you into acting on its passion--realizing your dream! Mere text stowed away in a diary is easier to forget. So try it!

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ABJECT OBJECT: by Wayan; 1992, a nondream digital picture-prose-poem
It's OK to be a sex object as long as you're also a subject. What's no fun is being an abject...
CAUTION: NUDITY, SEXUAL THEMES
AIN'T EASY: by Wayan; 1990. Nondream digital Coyote dance poster.
As Red Emma said, "If I can't dance, I don't want to be part of your revolution..."
ANDROMEDA: by Wayan; dreamed 1987/12/30; 14x17" crayon portrait
I dream of the legendary maiden chained to a rock, and the dragon--but they weren't as advertised...
CAUTION: NUDITY
ANIMANGEL: by Wayan, 1983/10/1-2010/7/22! 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 astral temptation.
I was anorexic for years; I only mastered it when I saw it was a hunger for the spirit world...
ARMLESS: by Wayan; 1997 portrait of dream figures (pencil/digital)
A strange, horny, frustrated being, part human part horse, who lacks hands to hold the centaurs...
CAUTION: NUDITY AND SEXUAL TENSION
THE ARTIFACT: by Wayan; 1983/1/16. Narrative dream painting.
I was a lizard archeologist, a million years from now. What I dug up threatened my marriage...
ASCENT: by Wayan; spring 1997; a comix-panorama summing up recurrent mountain-climbing dreams.
All that spring I dreamed of climbing, cold, fatigue, risk, and fear. But shamanic training involves toughening; ascent isn't always easy flight...
ASK NOT WHAT YOUR CUNT CAN DO FOR YOU: by Wayan; 1991. A mad digital poster.
JFK and Marilyn as our gender archetypes, and their effect on the real gender gap: lifespan, not votes!
CAUTION: LANGUAGE, BUT I GUESS IT'S TOO LATE NOW
BEAR READ DUNE: by Wayan; dreamed 1981/1/28, painted 10 years later.
There are many astral planes--this world's just the cellar. A cat, a bird, a bear and I guard the astral stair...
BELIEF IS GRIEF: by Wayan; 1992. A two-page picture-poem
Anti-ideological rant calling experience water and belief... ice.
BODIES DIFFER: by Wayan; 1991? Nondream digital picture-poem summing up a life.
Hawk Girl and Pearl Dragon sing a love-duet on the joy of allergies...
BOX: by Wayan; 1991? Digital self-portrait as dreamer trapped on the Web.
So exactly how is posting all these dreams different from crawling naked inside your screen?.
CAUTION: NUDITY
THE BUSINESSMAN IN ANGUISH: by Wayan; 1991/7/2. Digital dream painting.
I dreamed this was in our civic museum: a painting of the central dynamo of our world finally erupting...
CAT COUPLE: by Wayan; 1996, a digital wish.
I cover my computer's desktop with this image tiled endlessly. And will, till the lesson sinks in...
CAUTION: MILD NUDITY
CENTAUR BY SARTRE: by Wayan; 1989/3/28; an oracular dream
A sea-centaur explains why some dreams don't LIKE to surface to so-called consciousness...
CAUTION: WET T-SHIRT, EXISTENTIALISTS, HARPOONS
CENTAUR, WOBBLY: Wayan; digital sketch 1990 based on dream I can't trace.
Wise advice from a funny looking centauress at a nude beach...
CAUTION: CRUDE NUDE
CHINA BEACH: by Wayan; 1992. Digital poster of a waking life-shift..
That moment when you tire of your old trauma and suddenly turn to the sun. Or fun.
CAUTION: NUDITY, SEXUAL THEMES
CLOCKMAN HEDGEHOG: by Wayan; 1992; painting of a sex fantasy who rejects me!
I was a man made of clocks trying to get a date with a hedgehog-hair woman...
CAUTION: ANOTHER HORNY GUY WHO DOESN'T GET FAR
COLLISION COURSE: by Wayan; May 1998; digital sketch of waking life-situation.
Being a hippie artist in San Francisco today feels like being an animal in an African game park...
CONFUSED?: by Wayan; 1996? Digital painting of my main mental state.
When I'm confused, this angel comforts me with this MORE confusing quote...
COYOTE INVADES ABSTRACTION: by Wayan; nondream digital painting, 1998.
Coyote invades an abstract painting and reveals why the art biz loves high-concept, impersonal art...
CRISP: by Wayan; 1991? Digital poster on Web art.
Is digital Web blather any better than old-fashioned, live, analog blather?
CAUTION: STUPIDITY
CROSS THE BLACK RIVER ONE DEATH AT A TIME: by Wayan; 1990? Astral landscape
Buddhism is a 12-step program; it has its pitfalls for those of us who already detach all too easily...
DARUMA DOLLS: by Wayan; late 1994. Nondream digital sketch.
One of Aline Kominsky's comix has her in a bar and a guy asks "Que pasa, muŮeca?" and...
CAUTION: CONVERSATIONAL FETUSES
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 EGG PROBLEM: by Wayan; 1990/3/2, digital painting of a magical dream.
I was an intellectual ballerina trying to stop zombies hatching from stone eggs...
FASCION: by Wayan; 1992. Digital poster on gender
A sardonic little poster on dating-role reversal with helpful advice...
CAUTION: NUDITY AND INTRUSIVE PHALLUS
FIRE IN THE BELLY: by Wayan; mid 1990s crayon of (nondream) vision
I have 'fire in the belly', so I cheer up--if the magazines are right, I'll be President. But it's just bad food...
CAUTION: BELLYACHING
FLOWERING:: by Wayan; 1996, pencil digitally tinted; nondream portraits.
Sketches from a San Francisco street music festival where, after a long sleep, I woke up sexually at last...
CAUTION: NYMPHETS, QUEERS, AND OTHER REAL PEOPLE
FLY, DANCER!: by Wayan; 1993/4/2; an advisory dream.
In my ballet class, we were learning to leap. But I wanted to FLY. So I went outside alone...
FOSSIL BARBIE: by Wayan; 1978/9/27; a dream of non-teamwork.
I dreamed our Medieval football coaches all blamed the ugly Potato Person for all evil...
CAUTION: NUDE POTATO
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
FOX STORM: by Wayan; 103K, fractal painting of 1998 dream (exact date unknown).
I might have been less cowed by the storm-face, if I'd seen it was made of little foxes just like me...
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...
GALAXY FLOWER: by Wayan; 1993. digital painting of a (nondream) vision.
My take on what Georgia O'Keeffe claimed she was up to with those giant flowers...
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...
(ON THE OLD) GENDER TRAIL: by Wayan; late 1995, digital picture-poem with dream intrusions.
For me, the path to love is difficult, elusive, convoluted...
GRAPE: by Wayan; 1991. Digital painting of daydream.
There's the watermelon of passion, and then there are the little grapes of fun that foxes eat...
CAUTION: NUDE DANCING
GRIFFIN: by Wayan; 1995/8/2, digital portrait of two dream-selves.
Gryphon meets Dragon, mid-air, and they're both me--sometimes...
HALF SHAMAN, HALF STATESMAN: by Wayan; 1986/4/21, a parallel-world dream: Chapter 6 of UNICORN TAG
I get a scholarship to Shaman U. Some of my classmates are Terran, but I still don't fit in, because...
CAUTION: LANGUAGE
THE HAND THAT WAKES: by Wayan; 1997; acrylic study of what makes us forget dreams.
I was painting to a sad scary song by Laurie Anderson that goes "This is the hand... the hand that takes..."
HAPPY HUNDERTWASSER: by Wayan; 1991-1999, nondream digital picture-poem.
As the bland lead the blind... who knows their own mind? I'll tell you who....
HEADEGG (Black-Eyed Bird of Pain): by Wayan; 1983/10/24; acrylic painting of a headache-trance.
I was cartooning with a headache. It took over and started drawing for me...
HIT ROCK: by Wayan; 1995-98. Digital picture challenging a dream.
I dreamed I blinded myself because mere appearances lead to racism and sexism. Only the blind know truth...
CAUTION: MILD NUDITY
HOLD HEAD: by Wayan; 1993; nondream digital sketch.
This started as an exercise in dramatic figure-drawing and shifted round into an exorcise in guilt...
CAUTION: NUDITY, SEXUAL CONFESSIONS
HOUSTON: by Wayan; 1992; automatic writing experiment.
A poster playing with superimposed messsages. How strangely the mind sorts out different layers!
I AM A SILKY IN THE SEA: by Wayan; 1986? Watercolor on shapeshifting in dreams.
"I am a man upon the land; I am a Selkie in the sea..." Silky or selkie means a were-seal...
IF YOUR HEART IS BEAT: by Wayan; 1989. Nondream, digital graffiti-poem-poster.
When your brain-cops are edgy, you're getting warm!
I'LL TRY: by Wayan; 1990. Nondream picture-poem.
From a paleolithic doodle--an early self-portrait rebelling against my gender, and trying on beauty...
INACTION PAINTING: by Wayan; 1995/10/29, digital dream-figure collage
When I see that grim museum shit I start giggling "Boy art!" The guards glare, so I go home and paint like this.
CAUTION: NUDITY, SEX TALK, LUST FAIRIES AND FLYING TEENY WEENIES
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...
JUST SAY NOSE: by Wayan; 1989, nondream digital poster-poem-rant.
What really built Silicon Valley? Oh, pizza, sugar, coffee, speed and cocaine, mostly...
CAUTION: DRUGS ON THE JOB
LET'S IMPOSE: by Wayan; 1992. Nondream digital painting.
Engineers! How they do love to impose clean lines on our messy world...
LILY OXYGEN: by Wayan; dreamed 1984/1/19, drawn 2000; a strong psychic dream.
I'm Emily Dickinson reborn in 2100 as a 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
MAMMAL FLOWERS: by Wayan; 1991. Digital painting on recurring dream situation.
Since I dream I'm an animal a lot (or I'm an animal that wakes to find it's human a lot) hands fascinate me...
MANATEE: by Wayan; 1989/5/12-1992; digital nondream painting.
Beauty's link to status and privilege bothers me. The pretty get perks (or parks), while we uglies...
CAUTION: BREASTS, BEASTS, AND A BLOOD FLOWER
MASK: by Wayan; 1989, digital painting of my dream-self in a day-situation.
I'm a unicorn in a life-drawing class, feeling more naked than the model...
CAUTION: CARTOON NUDITY
MATISSE: by Wayan; 1988? early digital daydream.
An early piece about Matisse, and his models, and quilting, and disembodied heads...
MATISSE IS NO MOE: by Wayan; 1988. Matisse-style collage-poem.
An elegy to a great paper-cutter, and three (or was it four?) sado-humorists who still scare me a little...
MICROGRAPH: by Wayan; 1991? Illuminated page on psychic dreaming
A mad experiment one night in Micrography, with a midnight rant for scripture and my girlfriend for God...
CAUTION: BLASPHEMY OF SOME KIND OR OTHER
MONSTER PROM: by Wayan; 1993. How parties look when auras are seen.
If you sense auras, every singles event feels like a scene from Halloween Hell...
CAUTION: HORNY MONSTERS
MULTIPLE: by Wayan; 101K, 1992; digital picture-poem on seven dream-selves.
I have all the signs of multiple personality but memory gaps. But YOU all have gaps every night...
CAUTION: BACKGROUND SEX
NIGHT MARE: by Wayan; 101K, 1991; digital painting inspired by a friend's dream .
I dreamed I was a feral mare: gentle, affectionate, sensual, but gone wild, wary of being tamed again...
NO BLUE RIDER: by Wayan; 1996/1/21; digital painting of my first dream, in Franz Marc style.
My first memory is of being a wild horse, and waking up to find I was now a human child...
"NOHOR!" YELLED THE NIGHTMARE: by Wayan; 1982/12/27, a passionate nightmare.
I dreamed a black mare was howling "Nohor!" At first I thought she meant "I'm not just a horse", but...
CAUTION: SEXUAL ISSUES
OPENING: by Wayan, 1992; incubated automatic drawing
Why don't I push for more art shows? I asked how I feel at shows of my own work, and this came out...
OR... IS IT YOU?: by Wayan; 1990 nondream digital painting on marginality.
When I was battered, I briefly lived on the streets. What struck me was how fragile most of us were...
CAUTION: GRIM
ORPHEA: by Wayan; 1995/12/27. Digital painting of a hole in our myths.
Krishna, Orpheus, Kokopelli...why are the mythic musicians all guys? Where's Orphea, where's her head...?
OSENTO: by Wayan; 1991/2/15. Digital painting based on a dream.
Osento is a bath house that my friends all love. But women only. So I dream I change sex just to...
CAUTION: NUDITY, GRATUITOUS HAPPINESS
OVERKILL: by Wayan; 640 x 680, 1991. Digital picture-poem-poster.
Now the Evil Empire's dead. We're all safe, safe at last. And all the bombs are gone... right?
PET THE FOX: by Wayan; 1993; map of my olfactosphere.
Sexual beauty scares me--how I'm affected--how vulnerable I am. An irresistable pheromone...
CAUTION: SEXUAL THEME
PHILOSOPHER: by Wayan; 1992. Nondream digital picture-poem.
I worked at Stanford too long. I got tired of observing the mating displays of the purple-prose patriarch..
CAUTION: NUDE ACADEMIC GROUPIE
PRAYER (WE SHALL BE REBORN): by Wayan; 1997-2000 digital picture-poem.
Be a web junkie. Instead of driving around in a gas-hog, you'll save the planet by staying in, passive...
CAUTION: NUDITY; MOCKS GOD, CARS, AND WEB-PORN--IS NOTHING SACRED?
PURR: by Wayan; Sept. 1981, watercolor of a dream.
I dreamed our family's black cat Persephone had to make a life-decision...
QUEEN COBRA: by Wayan; 640 x 480. Digital painting of a 1987/1/15 dream.
I asked "I'm still scared to date anyone. Why? What's my next step?" That night, I was answered...
CAUTION: SEXUAL IMPLICATIONS
RADIATE SORROW: by Wayan; 1980s, a daydream poem.
The rest of us heavenly bodies have each other, but from the Sun's viewpoint, we're just rubble. Alone...
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
ROBERTíS PLAN: by William Blake; late 1788; an advisory dream...
Blake was broke. Couldnít pay to typeset Songs of Innocence and Experience. But his brother showed him in a dream...
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...
RUG-SHAG: by Wayan; 1994, digital; a sexy daydream that suddenly found a voice.
I just wanted to imagine getting licked by a nice friendly escapist dog on a nice shaggy rug, but...
CAUTION: BESTIALITY! SEX! METAPHYSICAL DOUBTS!
RUM JUNGLE: by Wayan; 1997? digital; map of the dreamworld.
Think of your dreams as a rainforest, clearcut every morning--unless you make the effort to remember...
CAUTION: TINY NAKED ANGELS
SALESCURVE MOUNTAINS: by Wayan; 1995; nondream digital poster-poem.
The unemployed angel with her resume is the Goddess of Freedom...
SAMURAI MARE: by Wayan; 1993/2/23, a time-travel dream.
A feral mare will only let me ride her if I quit being a Japanese diplomat and become... a Samurai!
SCALES: by Wayan; 640 x 400, 1992. Digital sketch of a dream scene.
I was on a terrace overlooking a waterfall, where a giant rabbit and a musical dragon told me...
SEA OF TIME: by Wayan; 100K, 1989/7/26. Digital sketch of astral dream.
I dreamed I was drowning in the Sea of Time, where dragons asked me questions. PAINFUL questions...
SHAKE! 1995; digital Muybridge tribute by Wayan.
I love what dancers look like, seen over time, in strobe photos. Like weird undersea growths...
WARNING: NAKED CATS
THE SILVER CORD: by Wayan, 1993; digital poster of dreamwork advice..
An astral travel advisory. You'll fly better, if (before you leave your body) you...
SINGULARITIES: by Wayan, 1995/5/18 etc. (recurrent dream); drawn late 1994.
Black holes can be scary enough outside you, but what if you have dormant ones inside you?
SO ASK YOURSELF THIS QUESTION: by Wayan; 1990? Digital picture-poem destroyed and resurrected.
I had a horrible realization that computers are useless, and I tried to make it beautiful...
SPLIT SEVEN WAYS: by Wayan; 1992, a digital self-portrait.
I feel split into warring impulses who argue, advise, ignore, and snipe at each other...
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
TACKY IS AN ANGLO IDEA, or, NEW BRACELET!: by Wayan; 1983/6/22. Bicultural nondream vision
I like bad taste. Taste always tasted like another Anglo conspiracy to keep me from having fun...
TALL UNICORN: by Wayan; 1990. Digital nondream picture-poem.
Since I've been seeking out, talking with, and turning into unicorns a lot in the last few years...
CAUTION: ANTI-FUNDAMENTALIST
TEHURA TRIES COMICS: by Wayan; 1994/7/19. pencil, Xerox, erasable crayon.
I dreamed a sphinx artist visited humanity and drew the crazy natives. I copied her sketchbook and notes...
CAUTION: NUDITY, PAGANISM, SLACKERISM, ACTUAL IDEAS
TEST: by Wayan; 1994. Dream-inspired digital poster/quiz.
I dreamed I had to take a bewildering test on who is allowed in the military. I flunked. So will you...
CAUTION: MOCKS HOMOPHOBES
THREE-EYED WOLF: by Wayan; 640 x 680, 1993. Digital one-page comic/fake movie poster
A 'toon liberation dream. I cartooned a new self and slowly she grew realer, until she ran Disney...
CAUTION: FRANK SINATRA SWEARS
TICHANE: by Wayan; 1993-4. Nondream digital "woodblock print".
What the world looks like when you have environmental illness, like me...
TOPOGRAPHY OF EXCESS: by Wayan; 1997. Digital painting on digital painting.
They call it the information highway because we're all supposed to march in formation...
TRUSTING FOXES: by Wayan; 1997/8/20, 2-page comic of a psychic dream.
A lawyer sends me a letter full of fox-girls! In Asia foxes mean trouble, but instantly I know they mean...
UGLY AND HAPPY: by Wayan; 640 x 400, ca. 1991, digital finger-painting.
I try to make beauty, try to be beauty, but all the while, this voice keeps snickering...
UNICORN: "STILL HERE!": by Wayan; 1994? 3x5", felt pen sketch.
The 80s were rough on unicorns, but now that they're passé again, they can get back to work...
UNKNOWING: by Wayan, 640 x 480, 1995. Digital picture of a nondream delusion.
"I believe, O lord/ Help thou mine unbelief"--as a kid I thought this meant "God, keep me skeptical"...
UTOPIA: by Wayan; 37 p, 3.9 MB, 2007/5/9, a painted essay on... wishes?
An improvised painting-series exploring my obsession for Utopia--and your deafening silence...
CAUTION: IDEAS, FURRY NUDITY, THAT GOSH-DARN MODERN ABSTRACT ART
VALENTINE: by Wayan; 1989/2/14, a nondream picture-poem
A lipstick poem for that stickiest of holidays...
VIRGIN ON THE VERGE: by Wayan, 1992. Digital picture-poem
Ever since I was battered I feel like a virgin again: longing, but wary--scared where sex may lead...
CAUTION: CARTOON NUDITY, SEXUAL THEMES
WARRING MOIRES: by Wayan; 1988. Abstract nondream digital picture-poem-thingy
Dodging between all your -isms, I feel like a bird on a battlefield...
WAYAN SAYS: by Wayan; 1992-94. Digital portrait of dream-self
I'm a lean loose cheetah who works best in short bursts and long rests. I overwork when I get too human...
THE WEB-BIRD LED ME: by Wayan; 115K, 1994. Digital sketch of a vision... of this dreamsite?.
Maybe the web like a shining dove will lead me out of my lonely cave into the light. The glaring light. Wait!
CAUTION: MILD NUDITY
WHO KNOWS WHO'S YOUR MATE? 52K, mid-1980s, acrylic on blown-up ink sketch; a nondream picture-poem.
Share? And who? And WHAT? Who knows who's your mate... and who's NOT?
WINGVOW: by Wayan; 101K, 1994. Digital collage of dream figures
Here's an incantation to induce flying dreams. "Bring me wings NOW, or forever hold your peace..."
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
WOODCUT: by Wayan; 1997-1999. Digital "woodblock print" of dream-self.
Cartoony self-portrait as I paint with Persephone's pomegranate paintbrush. A mock woodblock print...
CAUTION: CARTOON NUDITY
YOUR DREAM LIKES YOU: by Wayan; 3 ill., 1991-2007; three maxims from my anima.
You say you want to remember your dreams, but do you write down what you DO recall? And ACT on it?
ZYGOTE: by Wayan; 1999, a comic astral vision.
It's true: after death, angels advise you where to go next. But what if you get an over-eager travel agent?



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