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|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...
|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...
|ATTAHUAH: by Jamie Sawyer; summer 2015, a postapocalyptic lucid dream of vengeance
Four guys plot to enslave my girl and kill me; I have lucid powers, and kill them instead. My girlfriend Attahuah gets poisoned, but...
CAUTION: VIOLENCE, DECEIT
|BAD NOSE: by Wayan; 1990; digital painting of life as a psychic dreamer
Having psychic dreams is awkward. People bite you for seeing their secrets...
|BEHIND THE SCREENS: by Wayan; 1984/2/12, a vivid sex dream that hid a warning
I keep a catgirl penned behind a ring of Japanese screens, and climb a ladder to join her in her den. Hot sex--but the rest of the time, I ignore her...
CAUTION: SEX; MAY MAKE YOU SEE SEX DREAMS DIAGNOSTICALLY... SPOILING YOUR FUN.
|BILL: by Anonymous #32; c. 1950, a predictive warning dream
My mother begged me to stay in. I went out with Bill--who raped me. Later she reluctantly told me what she'd dreamed...
CAUTION: DATE RAPE
|BIRD, CAT, TREASURE: by Anna Kingsford; 1877/8/3, two warning dreams in one night
Should Anna quit hiding her psychic dreams? She dreams a cat eats her bird, and burglars loot an unprotected house. Maybe not...
|BLOOD RUNAWAY: by Wayan; 1994/8/8, a non-nightmare.
Some men get squeamish about menstrual blood, but this girl's plight was extreme...
|THE BOARD OF KIBITZERS: by Wayan; 1993/10/18, a pseudo-psychic dream about dreams.
My therapist changes into a good ol' boy, but I can handle that. It's the Board of Kibitzers behind him...
|BONES DON'T LIE: by Emily Joy; 2006/12/13, a gruesome nightmare on guilt.
I know I'm a murderer; what isn't so clear is what I killed and why...
CAUTION: DISMEMBERMENT, GUILT, DREAD
|BURN THE EGGS: by Wayan; 2008/1/20; a magical advisory nightmare with 15 sketches.
Fighting a theocracy, my dragon-soul burns the church's dragon-nursery. The cost is terrible: a black vortex...
CAUTION: ROMANTIC THREESOME GETS BURNED
|"CLIT!": by "D'Jeanna"; 2009/9/11, a breakthrough dream after coming out
The day after my mom outed me to my dad, I dream a great storm has passed through and everything's just glowing...
|COMING TO THE JUMPING OFF PLACE: by Jenny Badger Sultan, 92/5/1, painting of an escape dream
Trapped on an island, spied on and controlled, we decide to jump off a cliff and die; but as we jump, a spirit sneaks us off be reborn...
|THE CONDEMNATION: by Georges Perec; February 1972, a dream of cult-worship, persecution, and deep timeslip. Dream #105
I'm on vacation, but cultists lick my feet--then turn on me, casting stones. But they miss. So I wander the steppe for centuries, until I come to the city of Texas...
|THE CRYSTALLIZERS: by Wayan, 2014/11/21, a surreal dream on the lost art of talking to strangers
I'm in an airport full of aliens who, when bored, crystallize until things get fun again. My planeflight glows like a dragon-hoard! But lonely...
|THE CULT OF DIRTY LAUNDRY: by Wayan; 1993/10/2, a dream-critique.
I find the feminist principle "the personal is political" leads to some alarming consequences for privacy...
|DAPHNE THINKS: by Wayan, 2007/6/10, a dream warning of (two?) unacknowledged needs
My co-worker Daphne is snappish & stressed. She meditates, seeking the cause, and becomes a half-newt-half-koi in a huge fishbowl. Up comes a curious AI...
|DAWN'S DREAM: by Dawn Z and Wayan; 2.3MB (MP3 + lyrics), 1999/4/1, a rock song telling a dream
My friend Dawn dreamed she crawled into a dumpster to live, and at last felt at home, secure...
|DAWN'S TOILET: by Dawn Z and Wayan; 1999/1/6, two strongly parallel dreams
Wayan dreams of surprising Dawn on the toilet while she dreams that flushing away evidence of Foul Play won’t work...
|THE DOCTOR'S ADVICE: by Wayan; 2011/5/23, a tricky double-diagnostic dream that changed my life.
I dream my doctor tells me, with no exam or tests, that hidden desires are sickening me. But I'm skeptical--suspect an infection. Isn't that dream advice too?
Awake, I test both hypotheses--repression and infection. Antibiotics work! I still struggle to speak my desires--but at least it's from a base of health not illness.
|DONE FOR: by the Reverend Francis Kilvert; 1872/10/14, a nightmare within a nightmare
I dreamt a friend poisoned me. I "woke" and slew him in fury. But guilt gnawed me. I confessed and was due to hang...
CAUTION: NOT A CALM GUY
|DON'T CRY, IT'S ONLY A DREAM: by a Massachusetts mother; before 1961, a telepathic dream posing as a predictive one!
As soon as I gave birth I had a nightmare my brother would be in a serious auto crash. When I warned my mom...
|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?
|DREAM LOVERS: by Wayan; 1995/9/11, a dream on shame.
This dream's not about a man whose dream lovers keep materializing till the bed overflows. This dream's about who those lovers are, and what the neighbors will think...
|DREAM OF THE ARCS: by Jenny Badger Sultan; 1994/7/5, a warning dream on power
A nun-like figure shows me three arcs; two are forms of direct power, but the third, innermost arc can lead to secrecy and manipulation...
|DREAM OF THE DANCING GODDESSES: by Jenny Badger Sultan, 1988/12/19, a dream-painting
I sneak into a dance rehearsal. Huge colorful cloth goddesses dance, while four fat women wearing only scarves weave round them...
|THE DREAM POLICE: by Wayan; 1994/4/6, a dream on persecution.
The police confiscate my therapist's copies of my dreams, and try me for obscenity! So why do I help?...
|THE DREGS EFFECT: by Wayan; 1997/11/19, a waking insight on artists in therapy
Artists have their own strange culture, and we can unintentionally mislead therapists unfamiliar with us...
|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
|EYE OF TOOTH, or, THE SCORE: by Wayan; 2014/1/28, a cryptic dream prescription
I'm a time-traveling revolutionary seeking a coded message from Pancho Villa. I find it in a music score... but what's an Ojo de Diente? When I wake...
|FAMILY STORE: by Mark Ian Barasch's father, c. 2000; a subtly psychic dream healing a family
I dream my son the writer's living above our old family store, the one that failed in the Depression...
|A FAMILY VISIT: by Wayan; 1996/8/4, a dream of family values.
A yard sale in a small town turns out to be my family, selling porn. But they have more to push on me...
CAUTION: DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILY, ELEPHANT ABUSE
|FOUR-LEGGED MONK: by Centaurquad; June 1983; a sexy transformation dream
My boyfriend's a student in an exotic monastery. But under his robe, he's gotten a bit exotic himself...
CAUTION: SEXUAL DREAM
|FOUR SCREENS: by Wayan; 2018/1/24, a dream urging me to drop some armor--but not all
I dream my Doors of Perception have four layered screens--when one is plenty to keep out mosquitoes...
|FROM GLIDING TO FLIGHT: by Wayan; 1993/11/15, a gradualistic dream.
Hypnotherapy is hopeless with these blind architects flopping all over the cafe, but my flying has improved...
|THE GIRL IS ARMED: by Wayan; 2009/1/28, three diagnostic/advisory dreams.
An abused girl survives grotesque situations to become a job/health counselor with a talking sofa...
CAUTION: BUTT-SNIFFING GIANT
|GUNNHILDR’S BIRTH DREAM: by Gunnhildr; c. 1150, a surreal predictive dream.
I dreamt I gave birth to a white-hot stone shedding sparks. Most folk would find my son strange...
|HE REMARRIED: by an Iowa divorcee; 1907, an unlikely oracular flash
My mother's face took on a sudden expression of astonishment--possibly agony. She said "Your father is remarrying." I laughed. 'Impossible. He'd have told me. I had a letter from him only a few days ago..."
|THE HEDGE KING: by Wayan, 1992/6/14, a gender-bent dream epic.
I change sex to infiltrate a sinister castle, unaware its Lord can spot a shapeshifter--being one himself...
CAUTION: A DISTURBING BEDSIDE MANOR. I MEAN, MANNER.
|HER FINAL EXAM: by Wayan; 2015/9/8, a dream of a goddess in hiding--and why
During our final exam, second sight tells me our dance teacher's really a Greek goddess in disguise. But she has her own final exam to face...
|HIDE THE LIST!: by Anonymous; c. 1550, a recurrent warning dream.
One of London's last Protestants dreamed Bloody Mary would find the congregation's member-list and burn them all...
|HILLARY AND TEAL: by "A 24-Year-Old Californian Woman"; around 2008/2/28, an absurd political dream
Hillary Clinton hid her cancer, but the GOP found out. So a monster kidnaps Rainbow Brite, and...
|HOLY ZEN MONK: by Wayan; 1978/4/24, a dream of suicide as political protest
I'm a Zen monk riddled with holes from a weird disease the government denies is real. So as a protest, I stand naked atop a wall and let the air-sharks take me...
CAUTION: SURREAL SUICIDE
|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...
|INSIDER DATING: by Wayan; 2017/4/2, a dream of how others see us?
I dream my friend's amused that I date women to steal work-secrets; I get rich off insider trading, while they get fired. Only... I don't! Where'd he get this idea?...
|IT MUST BE SOMEONE SHE ATE: by Sorcha; 2008/10/11 and mid-Jan. 2009, a recurring comic news-nightmare
Cilda Spitzer and Hillary Clinton sentence America's bimbos to a shitty fate. But what of their cheating husbands?
|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
|LOCKED ROOM: by Catshall; c. 2014/10/6, a dream haiku on a classic Jungian dilemma
Dreamt of locked room, door-knob fell off in my hand when I...
|LOIS THE FLIRT: by a Florida woman; before 1961, a psychic dream of jealousy
My husband was standing against a wall with both arms around this woman's waist, and they were talking and laughing...
|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...
|MALWARE IN THE BRAIN: by Wayan, 2017/12/27, a possibly predictive dream.
I dream that tourists in our town use brainware to navigate and translate, but it's infected. Turns you fascist. Whaaaat?...
Next day, the FBI knocks on our door! Our web provider misidentified our home as a nest of internet criminals. Thanks, Comcast! Talk about malware...
|MANDALA OF THE EIGHT DREAMERS: by Jenny Badger Sultan; 2007/9/16, painting of a group's dreams
Our dream-group's dreams had a lot of imagery in common: circles, groups, meditation. I fused them into this piece...
|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
|MCKILLIP'S NEW BOOK: by Wayan; 2010/7/23, an epic literary dream
I'm inside a magical novel by Patricia McKillip, full of tricksters, cosplayers, spooks, sex changes, levitation and (sigh) riot cops...
CAUTION: COYOTE SEX
|MORAL MINNOWS: by Wayan; 1992/9/15, a dream of deep politics.
A dream explaining why everyone with any moral vision gets filtered out of politics now...
|MY GATE: by Wayan; 1996/5/29; a bizarre, joyful dream; 4-page comic (or ill. text version)
The full moon rises: I become Weregirl, do the Moondance, and gnaw open the lock on my heart...
|MY LIFE ISSUE: ENVIRONMENTAL ILLNESS: by Wayan; 1994/1/2, a warning dream.
I dream the real issue in your life isn't the one you complain about most, but the one you hide...
|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...
|NEW LEVEL!: by "Julian"; 2006/5/22, 3 gamelike dreams in one night, two of them epic
My mom and I road-duel an alien beetle, then investigate a deepspace Marie Celeste; then I spy for the Angevin Empire to protect the Crown Jewels...
|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...
|POIROT AND THE DICKHEADS: by Wayan; 2010/3/11, a comic antilucid dream|
I'm detective Hercule Poirot, but I'm losing my case and my brain--because my story isn't by Agatha Christie, it's a knockoff...
CAUTION: PINK DILDO HATS
|PRIVACY GROWS CHARACTER: by Wayan; 1996/7/5, a psychologically astute dream.
A scholar on Middle Earth warns our obsession with public transparency keeps our psychology crude...
|THE REAL MAO: by Wayan; 2006/7/9 and 7/11: two dreams (one possibly psychic) about an appalling book
Jung Chang’s exposé of Mao's brutal deeds and legacy provoke dreams I demand that leaders listen...
|REVELATION: by Anna Kingsford; 1885/11/27, a prophetic, almost messianic, dream.
Dreams and other revelations shouldn't be dissected--they need to be reveiled, not revealed...
CAUTION: INTENSE MYSTICISM
|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...
|SLIDES: by Wayan; 2018/1/28, a surreal playful flirtation dream
I cross San Francisco on public transit--a network of children's slides. One leads into...
A wormhole full of aliens, where a goofy-haired reporter interviews a hacker...
|SPECKLED EGGS: by Starvibes; 2008/6/16, a dream of intrigue.
I dreamed of speckled eggs, Caribbean drug traffickers and of almost drowning near a sinking boat...
|SQUIRREL GIRL: by Wayan; 1973/10/19, a dream poem of love frustrated by rocket maintenance
Squirrel Girl and I try to find a private room, but Hal the mad computer from 2001 spies on us and our spaceship captain needs us to clean the ion tubes...
CAUTION: MILD SQUIRREL NUDITY
|THE STACK: by Emily Joy; 2006/11/28, two small synchronicities
ESP? Weird luck? Subliminal perception? Whatever it is, it kicked me right out of a bad day...
|THE SUPERCELLS; 2005/3/4 by Anonymous #37; nightmare of a pointless eco-coverup
Multiple tornadoes touched down in the fields, but the farmer's wife sewed in a rocking chair, oblivious. I moved to warn her but my lieutenant said...
|TASTEBUDS AND LIARS: by Wayan; 1993/8/7, a dreamtale.
I was warned Wolf-Cats turn on people, but I still befriended one. Now I'm looking down its throat...
|TELEKINETIC KIDS: by Wayan; 2017/9/8, a warning and exploratory dream
A black separatist commune hides two little girls who are psychokinetic. They fear I'll expose them. But I've spent my whole life passing too...
CAUTION: PARAPSYCHOLOGY, RACIAL SEPARATISTS
|TELEPATH COUNTRY: by Wayan, 2010/5/25; a weird dream image heralding drastic change
I'm on the border of human territory. Beyond is the land of the unnerving Telepaths, each one different but every one creepy...
|THIRD EYE: by Wayan; 2009/3/25, three diverse dreamlets on the same theme: enlightenment
Three sisters consecutively flash me. But the middle sister has a third eye in there! Clothed, it's blinded. So is she flirting or just enlightening herself?
Then I'm in the near future. Nearly all cars self-drive now. I'm the last driver using my own muscles and mind. But how long can I hold out?
Then a friend projects all the world's wars on a school chalkboard to prove democracies don't fight each other. So if we want peace...
|THE TIGER CUBE: by Wayan; 1996/1/19, a mysterious not-quite-nightmare.
An alien tiger and his human girlfriend herd me to their house and show me a cube of raw flesh... but why?
|TRISKELION; 2011/6/21 by Wayan; a repeated false-waking dream of dating advice
I wake up in a weird sexual situation. But I'm still dreaming--I wake again to find I'm in a weirder sexual situation. But I'm still...
CAUTION: NUDITY, SEX, (ANTI?)ROMANTICISM
|TWO-FACED LAPIS AND THE MOTHER: by Jenny Badger Sultan, 1992/7/6, a distractable therapy dream
I'm shown a mysterious carving; I shush loud people disturbing my therapy; I'm told of a documentary on the archetypal mother...
|UN-AMERICAN FANTASIES: by Wayan; 1996/7/19, a dreamtale.
The All-American Family visits the fabulous Un-American Fantasy Store, where Mom is in for a shock...
CAUTION: MILD NUDITY, LANGUAGE
|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...
|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...
|THE VERIZON EXPERIMENT: by Wayan; 2014/3/31, three linked dreamlets, the last apparently predictive & self-flagging
1: A nature spirit's physics experiment proves that time forks. The question is, how much? How dense is the multiverse?
2: I sketch and sculpt a model of the possible multiverses. A physicist likes it; the nature spirit likes it more. She swipes it...
3: A literary friend tries to install refugees in my bedroom, crowding me and my work into a corner. I wake. The phone rings. My other literary friend...
|WHY I LIE: by Wayan, 2016/10/7, a dream on privacy-guilt
Asked to share a bit about myself, I lie. Why? Not only are people like me illegal, we're believed to be impossible...
|THE WILD HUNT: by Wayan; 1998/7/24, a dream of myth--or abuse?.
We're exploring the English farm we inherited, when The Wild Hunt storms over the hill...
|A WRITER'S MUSE: by Wayan, 1996/12/7, a dreamfable on creativity.
A writer's found in his office mating with an ash-covered creature! But could she be his muse?
CAUTION: NUDITY OR NOT? SEX OR NOT? NO ONE QUITE KNOWS...
|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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