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Freudian Slips

Freudian slips--errors of language revealing more meaning than the correct word--can be useful to dreamworkers. But many of the best occur not inside the dream, but after. You have to write or tell your dream to make the error that expresses the pun that reveals the meaning of the dream. It can be the key to the whole dream, as in Face-Beetle ("beatle") or Jack Daniels ("Silent Cal" becomes "Silent Call"). Or it may just clarify one facet (as in Burn the Eggs or Fire-Cats).

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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
THE COUNTRY OF THE DEAF: by Wayan; 1982/7/18, a dream poem with stunning Freudian typo
I'm forced to come out to my mom. Not that I'm gay; that I'm psychic, and find the roar of the mind-deaf unbearable. But Mom's selectively deaf...
CAUTION: ESP SKEPTICS WON'T RELATE
FACE-BEETLE: by Wayan; 1982/2/13, a nightmare with career advice.
A monstrous Kafka beetle grows gradually out of my face. And it's a MESSAGE...
FIRE-CATS: by Wayan; 1981/10/10; twin dream-poems on over-discipline
I EXECUTE a forest-fire-fighting cat for mere disobedience! So next I'm stuck in a security-obsessed job; how do I like it? I flee...
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
JACK DANIELS: by Wayan; 1983/10/14, three short dreamtales.
Three dream-reactions to a (real) psychic experiment that went badly awry...
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...
SO GUARDED A SKIN: by Wayan; dreamed 1983/6/11, a dream of a Freudian... blurt?
An art critic asks me what I think of a sexually explicit nude, and I open my mouth and blurt practically the opposite of what my conscious thinks...
CAUTION: NUDE SKETCH
SPEWING WINE: by Wayan; 1992/8/17, a disgusting dreamtale.
My family moves into a damp basement. My dad just sneers at the leaks. "I'll show you REAL leaking..."
THEY'RE HANGING THE POLITICAL TRAITOR: by Jack Kerouac, late Sept. 1953, a dream of his broken-spirited dad
They're hanging the political traitor in my closet. I stand horrified. The old man's resigned--no complaint. It's my father, I now realize...
TIMEDOORS OF THE GODS: by Wayan; 1998/2/17, a mysterious initiatory dream.
I'm mortal but I'm offered a residency in the Commune of the Gods along with Xena the Amazon Warrior and... Little Red Riding Hood?
THE TYRANT'S WIFE: by Wayan; 1980/6/9, a dreamtale.
In our plot to kill the Tyrant, we used his wife. Or... did she use us? She goes mad, but--she's HAPPY...
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...
WASP: by Madellyne Waugh; 2010/4/22, a punning dream on... guilt?
A giant insect chases me around our school gym. A girl reassures me it's harmless but I'm sure it's a wasp...


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