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|AHAB: by Wayan; 1994/1/10, a shaman reviews Moby Dick.
When I was a kid I was already a mystic and knew what Captain Ahab was REALLY after, but...
|AN ALICORN BLADE IN THE HEART: by Wayan; 2010/12/18; a dream of a lucid flash--and that's all it takes
A witch and I duel with blades carved of spiral horn. But we're both out to create an utterly truthful oracle. Isn't there a better way?
|ALTARED MANSION: by Wayan; dreamed 2004/10/18, a dream-image of the range of the world's religions
I'm touring a gloomy, firelit Victorian mansion filled with icons and idols of every faith in the world, while this funny theme song runs in my head. What song?
CAUTION: MUSLIM RANTER, HUMILIATING SONG
|THE ANCIENT BOOK: by Wayan; 1993/11/11, a political dreamfable.
I'm a schoolkid in the future who finds an ancient book the censors somehow missed...
|ANNABEL ROSE: by Emily Joy; 2006/12/14, a ghostbusting dream on... love? sex? what?
Edgar Allen Poe confronts his dead girlfriend, who wants to drag him into the grave with her...
CAUTION: HUNGRY GHOST, SEX TALK
|ANNE SEXTON: by J.D. McClatchy; 1974/10/4, a predictive dream.
I dreamt my friend Anne Sexton's death was on the news. I woke, the phone rang, and I learned she'd...
|ANN-THENNATH: by Wayan; 1986/2/1, a fairytale freeway dream.
I dream of Beren and Luthien happy and mortal in their forest, and wake to find...
|ASTAIRES: by Wayan; 2015/11/17, a dream about... the Web?
A host of Fred Astaires dance mid-air, then pound on typewriters (caught like flies) in a huge spiderweb, typing randomly forever...
|AUTISM BOOKLIST: by Wayan; 2018/2/26-, a bibliography for aspies and autistics
A list of books (and a few films, comics etc) of interest to autistics and aspies. Still very short; please help me expand this! What's helped YOU?
|BAGGING PETER BEAGLE: by Wayan, 2017/7/7, a predictive little nightmare of manslaughter-guilt
At a drunken party, I meet writer Peter Beagle. We quarrel, he falls and hits his head. Unconscious or dead? I wake in panic, sure I'm a killer...
Next day I read Ellen Klages's Passing Strange, and find its climactic scene curiously familiar...
|BEAGLE'S SONG: by Wayan; 1994/1/18, essay on Peter Beagle's work.
Beagle's fantasies, from The Last Unicorn to The Innkeeper's Song, closely resemble my dreams. The ways we differ say more about our spiritual orientation than about our art...
|BEREN AND LUTHIEN: by Wayan, 2017/10/11, a comment on the slightly miraculous origin of The Lord of the Rings
A publishing-house error made them insist Tolkien drop his First Age tales and write a sequel to The Hobbit. That error echoes scenes in Tolkien's own fiction...
|IN THE BIG BURN: by Wayan; 1997/7/22, a postnuclear dream.
I love a girl who wants to settle in a radioactive jungle, a scar from an ancient war. Stay or go?
|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...
|THE BOOK: by SAO (Shawn Allen O'Neal); October 1989, a mandala-like dream-icon
The crystalline figure on the cover of the book in my dream seemed to hold as many answers as its title...
|BOOK OF GOLD: by a four-year-old; before 1961, an apparent telepathic flash
A woman urged her friend to give her daughter a musical education. Without hearing this, the child went hunting for...
|BRADBURY'S PLANET, AND MINE: by Wayan; 1994/1/12, a book review? Or a life review?
Bradbury's Mars was based on his life in Venice, California. What worlds grow out of my San Francisco?
|BROKE LIKE GLASS: by Katherine Mansfield; 1919/12/15, a warning-dream.
A long terrible shiver, and my whole body broke like glass. I may live months, but in that dream I died...
|BULL FEEDS THE KITTEN: by Wayan; 2018/5/23 a dreampoem of using tricks to nurse feral critters
Cleo the talking kitten denies being a cat, so I invent Wolf-N-Puma Chow! Must I play similar games to nourish that other feral critter... me?
|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
|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...
|CECY'S SUBMISSION: by Wayan; 1996/6/4, a bondage-farce dream drawn as comics.
My writer-friend Cecy will do anything to get published. Anything? Oh, believe me, ANYTHING...
CAUTION: BONDAGE, not to mention POSTAGE
|CHARACTER ISOLATED BY A DEED: by Wayan; 1992/3/13, a dream's eye view of waking minds.
People SAY they like realistic characters they can identify with, but they don't ACT like it...
|CHESTERTON'S POUNCE: by William Archer; 1920/4/6, a literary nightmare
G.K. Chesterton was a leopard, and he ambushed George Bernard Shaw... Oh, the blood! Why didn't I intervene?
|THE CHIANG-SHIH: by Julian Garberson; 2004/8/23, a surreal Han Dynasty nightmare
A vampire wrestler on the Throne of Heaven pins me. Visualization and prayer don't free me--in fact, they get me killed...
|CHOKING A CAMEL: by Wayan, 1983 (early May?), a grotesque little dream-poem
Freud explains to me how & why writing's so hard. His explanation makes as much sense as anything else Freud ever says...
|CIDER AND WINE: by Wayan; 1974/10/24, surreal Aspie character study (undream)
As the humans of my writing class meet in this Victorian home I turn off my filters and describe what I really see around me...
|THE CLARK RANGE, OR, THE HAND: by Wayan; 1975/12/1, a surreal dream prompting me to go lucid and still failing
High in the Sierra with some geologists, I stick my arm deep in a drillhole and feel something impossible--a living hand! Yet ...
|THE CONSCIOUSNESS OF AN ANT: by Walter de la Mare; 1920s, a tutelary dream.
The book's first two pages showed an ant's awareness, then a human's wider grasp--both mere freckles on reality...
|COYOTE PAJAMAS: by Wayan; 1983/12/17, a Dantesque dream-epic.
I'm Coyote, keeping the Business Prophet from taking over Dante's Peak. But it turns too personal...
CAUTION: IDIOTIC VIOLENCE
|CYCLOTRON OF FLOWERS: by Wayan; 2015/9/13, a surreal dreamscene done as an imagist poem
Night. Rider and mount gallop in a ring, leaving a luminous spiral wake of glowing flowers. Power builds, but when the spiral gate opens, where will it lead?
|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...
|DANCING WITH EMILY BRONTE: by Alice Sheldon/James Tiptree; 1943?, a lesbian literary love-dream
Alli/Tip could only imagine loving the strange, intense, and unavailable--and Bronte was all three..
|DEVANGELS: by Wayan, 2017/4/27, a numinous but ambivalent dream
After a hard day in the recording studio, I dream of powerful yet obedient devil-angels; quiet for now, but I fear they'll decide shamans like me are abominations...
CAUTION: ANGELS? GOLEMS? DEVILS?
|DIANE DUANE'S DRAGON: by Wayan; digital sketch of a psychic dream image, 1994/2/27.
A quiet, mysterious dream image that turned out to refer to the future, not the past...
|DINAH'S ADVICE: by Wayan; 2007/1/14, a false-waking advisory frustration dream
I struggle to write down a bizarre dream clearly and simply, but both pens and paper have mutated. Then a child prodigy explains "dreams don't always want to be linear"...
|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...
|DISEASE OF THE HEART: by Virginia Woolf; 1929/11/2, a false diagnostic dream--or is it?
I dream I have just six months to live. I go through a dozen phases and moods, preparing for death...
|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...
|DRINK THE DOVE: by Myoe Shonin; c.1202/9/11, a pre-Surrealist surreal dream
The sparrow died in the ashes, but the dove in my hands became a blue cloud. I drank it, thinking "This will benefit us all"...
|DRUGGED, SHRUNK AND DAUBED: by Wayan; 2008/11/1, a dream-poem on sexual politics (Dreamverse #38)
I'm worried an alien charity is brainwashing an ex-prostitute. When I wake, she's still there--at 2/5 scale!...
|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...
|ELF CIRCLE; 2011/3/19 by Wayan; a complex advisory dream.
After trespassing in a staff-only part of Faerie, I'm cast out. Only I'm cast like a seed, meant to grow a new elf circle...
|ELF ETYMOLOGY: by Wayan; 1997/7/14, a linguistic postmodern dream.
We escape the trolls, but then our author, Tolkien, breaks in to explain a word, and the rest of the night...
|EMPEROR OF THE GALAXY: by Wayan; 1988/1/31, a political dreamtale.
The Emperor of the Galaxy can't publish his anti-slavery book as himself, so he quits to become a slave...
|ERMINE, or, GOTHMOG'S GHOST: by Wayan, 1984/2/11, a gender-bent & species-bent warning dream|
I'm a delicate little ermine-chinchilla whose best friends are all sewer rats. They lavish food and drink on me, and I nibble to be polite...
|FALL INTO FEAR: by Brenda Ferrimani; 2001/9/12, a 9/11 nightmare transformed by lucidity
I’m falling into endless darkness. I feel like screaming, but then I remind myself I’m dreaming. “What is for me here?” I demand. “SHOW ME!” I begin rising toward the stars. Huge metal discs with alien writing rise with me...
|FALL OF A PRINCE: by Wayan; 2006/11/17, a dream on the morality of predicting.
A time-traveling historian's caught in a moral dilemma: warn an ancient prince he died of a fall in her history books? What do you owe history?
|FAMILIARS: by Wayan; 1986/4/2, a dreamtale on the dark side of reading.
In ancient Britain, as Christianity moves in, I'm a slave--sailing through centuries, but never free...
|FAMILY JESTERS: by Wayan; 2017/3/15, a dream mixing Kurt Vonnegut and My Little Pony
Coastal unicorns are elegant, but inland they're mostly bloated. Genes or diet? Not just individuals seem sick; society too. Small-town bosses turn the gracile minority into performing-arts pets! Jesters caged, chained & handicapped to heighten the wonder they can do their art at all...
CAUTION: TROUBLING SOCIAL ANALOGIES
|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...
|FIVE BLUNT TEETH: by Wayan; 2011/2/17, a biting nondream shape-poem
I read The Best American Poetry, 2007, but it just isn't, and I find myself writing a Savage Response...
|FLUID REALITY: by Wayan; 1983/8/8; a magical dream-sea voyage that turned out to be predictive
A quest thru magic portals, snarky flower-fairies, redcoats marching undersea, reassembling bodyparts, living chess, Nosferatu the Vampyre...
|FLY IN THE SLUM: by Wayan; 1996/10/14, a possibly psychic flying dream.
In a rough part of San Francisco, I climb to the roof of a tower and jump off, but not to kill myself...
|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...
|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...
|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?
|GENIUS! PRODIGIES AND THE GIFTED: A BOOKLIST: by Wayan, 2010-2018; a nondream bibliography
A booklist (a few articles, films and comics too) of interest to prodigies and geniuses. Barely 100 items so far; suggest your favorites!
|GIGANTIC SAND MOUNTAINS: by Jack Kerouac, early Sept. 1953, a dream of work vs seeking happiness
Perched on a huge sandpile by the train track, I wrote. Then met a narcissistic hipster chasing happiness and sex. But this globe's austere & full of hurt...
|GIRL INTO HERON: by Wayan, 2017/11/7, a dream-poem of an uncertain choice
In the Everglades, a gawky girl treads on a black stone and becomes a blue heron. Her four stalkers vanish--birds too? Should I step up?
|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...
|THE GOLDENE BOOK OF VENUS: by Anna Kingsford; 1881/3/15-16, a poem read in two dreams
Poem from a book on how our love can save lives and souls, memorized during two dreams of a Renaissance astrologer's library...
|THE GREEN GODDESS: by William Archer; 1919/9/1, a playwriting-idea dream that paid off
I was held hostage in India by courteous revolutionaries who avoided spelling out that we were soon to die...
|GRIMOIRE AND PACT: by Wayan, 2013/8/4, two dreams about an infestation of... health? illness? sex? magic? WHAT?
1: Two sisters want to kiss me all over. But they lick everything; their family loves to collect a weird gut-fauna, letting them thrive on foods toxic to me...
2: Fairy eggs infest my home--become red worms, become tiny horses, become mothwinged hobbits, become powerful adult fairies. Who may be friendly...
CAUTION: NUDE EQUINES & FAE; PARASITES (OR SYMBIOTES?)
|HARRY AND THE HORCRUX: by J.K. Rowling; mid-December 2006, a dream of creative ferment
People have asked me if I ever dream that I am 'in' Harry's world. The answer was 'no' until a few nights ago, when...
|HE LOOKED SOURLY: by John Dee; 1582/11/24, a mage's dream of dying, and after.
The foremost wizard of Shakespeare's age dreams he's dead and they're burning his books, but that doesn't bother him...
|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
|HERSELF IN REVERSE: by Wayan; 2013/6/13, three surreal future-prompting dreamlets
1: I'm in a theater complex meeting weird big-eyed ballerinas, and suddenly know I'll be choreographing for them someday soon...
2: A sorcery student meets and somehow fuses with her powerful future self hurtling backward through time...
3: A squirrel-magician, too, meets his future self leaping back through time, and inoculates us all against a future plague with a milder fever...
CAUTION: NOT FOR TOTAL SKEPTICS ABOUT PREDICTIVE DREAMS
|HOT POT CAT LOT: by Wayan; 1992/8/6, a delayed-action psychic dream.
After a bad writing class, I meet a shy catgirl guarding a Mongolian Hot Pot, and discover who I am...
|HUMBLE THREE-EYED GIRL: by Wayan; 2008/12/30, a dream on giftedness and shame
I meet a circle of students with up to five eyes. The lone three-eyed girl is embarrassed, ashamed she's merely attained enlightenment...
|HUNT AND PECK: by Patagia; 1997/6/16, a dream on the creative non-struggle.
I'm a brown sparrow scratching in the dirt, looking for bugs. Focused, tireless, I hunt and peck...
|I HAD A WHITE BANDAGE: by Jack Kerouac, July 1957, a dream of triumph despite adversity
Wounded, bandaged, chased by cops, I end up heading a huge children's parade, marching to Mongolia. No secret what it's about--On The Road was just published...
|IDI AMIN: by Ben Bamber; 2007/6/25, a possibly predictive dream
I was teaching a class on democracy in Africa when Idi Amin walked in. The crowd turned violent, but then...
|THE ILL-FORMED TALE: by Wayan; 160K, 1981/4/7, a wild dream anti-epic.
To reach the Peak of Happiness on the Isle of Dreams, I must pass four Perils--but they're all backwards...
CAUTION: RELIGIOUS NUTS, KNIVES, NUDE ALIENS, BACKWARD PLOT...
|INGENIOUS ADVERTISEMENTS: by Elizabeth Kew; 1930s?, a cynical dream come true.
My friend put an ad on her gown, so I try one on our house. I have big ideas for more, but a pickpocket steals them and...
|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?...
|IRENE'S DREAM: parallel (linked?) dreams by "Irene May" and Jack Kerouac, c. Aug 9 1953
Irene tries to mold Francesca like clay to bring her back to life, and does--for a moment... Jack finds his brother Gerard dead and all Jack's words can't revive him...
|J.F., T.B. AND ME: by Dream Junkee; 2008/1/24, a lucid nightmare-comedy
Lucid, I summon a sexy literary character. But he tries to take over my personality and make it his lucid dream...
|JEAN ARP'S OCTOPUS: by Wayan; 2001/2/26; a surreal dream of my surreal reaction to a surrealist and his... lunch
A library shows me surrealist Jean Arp's sketchbook. One Eschery sketch with repeated focal points is hypnotic. But they also show me his lunch, and I try to eat it! I fail. Head & gut disagree. Stuck Arp-way...
CAUTION: NEVER EAT 12-YEAR-OLD SUSHI
|JOAN GRANT GETS SOME ADVICE: by Wayan; 1980/9/23, an inspirational interlude.
Writer Joan Grant, who was a psychic and trance channeler, got a sort of reading herself, from H.G. Wells...
|JUMP OVERBOARD: by Graham Greene; 1925/12/11, a possibly psychic nightmare.
Wednesday night I dreamed I had to jump overboard... that night there was a wreck off the Yorkshire coast in a storm and the captain ordered his men to jump into the sea...
|JUNK FICTION?: by Wayan; 1990/6/15, a rant on literature's treatment of shamans & psychics
At least fantasy and science fiction address my life-issues; "realism" just declares me nonexistent...
|THE KEROUAC TREE: by Wayan; 2 ill., 1983/3/18, a dream of fame and time.
The true story of the very first tree-hugger. Not Kerouac! You'll never guess. In fact, you'll say it's impossible...
|KIDNAP LI PO!: by Wayan; 1990/1/16, a poetic dream.
I dream a Chinese fable: how the poet Li Po was abucted by the gods, till they face heavenly justice...
CAUTION: ABDUCTION, DRUNKS, EVIL PUN
|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...
|KITTEN'S QUEST: by Wayan; 2016/2/13, a dream-poem
I met two strange sisters on a train who turn out to be half-cat. They open my eyes so I realize that my neighbor Elaine must be a shapeshifter too...
CAUTION: FLIRTATIOUS UNDERAGE CAT
|KRELKIN: by Wayan; 1974/10/9, an early piece on nonhuman figures recurring in dreams
My psych professor insists nature spirits faded as science rose. But I still dream of krelkins! Jasha is the one I know best...
|LET ME PASS!: by Alice Sheldon/James Tiptree; January 1974, a punning gender nightmare
Alli/Tip is lured/tricked into a pen full of women, and tries to get out by repeating this ambiguous plea...
|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
|LION EYES: by Patagia; 2007/11/??, a serious dream-prank.
Lions trap me in an African cave with only coffee, paper and pens! Is this what it takes to get me to write?
|LION-GIRL TRIANGLE: by Wayan; 2000/12/11, an uncomfortable sex-dilemma dream, possibly predictive
I'm a betrothed teenager having to choose between mates, in an alternate Africa where lions are people--and occasionally adopt humans...
|LYNN HALL'S "FLYAWAY": by Wayan; 1997/7/6, a journal extract on religious abuse
A book that kept me up late. Ariel and Robin get abused as subtly, as deniably as me and my sisters...
CAUTION: RELIGIOUS/PSYCHOLOGICAL ABUSE
|MA HAS GONE TO FRISCO: by Jack Kerouac, late June? 1953, a back-in-school dream ending in revelation.
I walk the corridors smiling, realizing for the first time that I don't have to go to high school---because I'm a great writer...
|THE MAGIC OF WRITING: by Diana Wynne Jones; 1974, '82, late '83, winter '84, and '87; incidents of prediction, or causation?
What I write in my books and think I have made up has a creepy way of coming true. I noticed it first over The Ogre Downstairs...
CAUTION: DISTURBING INVOLUNTARY MANIFESTATIONS
|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
|MENTOR: by Wayan; 2001/6/13, six advisory dreamlets.
I meet a shapeshifting dream-mentor who warns of coming war (note the date). Then a sentient book, "The Art of War," gets intimately involved...
CAUTION: ELECTRODES, LIBROPHILIA
|MEREDYTH AND LILLY: by Meredyth Watts; May 2010, 2010/11/14 and 2010/12/7, a set of dreams (or a recurrent episodic dream)
I dream over and over of the same place, time, and woman. We have a love affair. Strangely, I'm the one who gets pregnant...
|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
|MIND OF A MURDERER: by Mary Arnold-Forster; between 1910 & 1920, a dream on self-justification
I sink into a book on a murderer who rationalizes away all guilt, but pull out thinking "How morbid!"...
|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 MOST FANTASTIC LUCID DREAM OF MY LIFE: by "Ben"; 2007/8/24, an epic lucid dream full of experiments
I fly, send myself email, discuss dreaming with dream people, punch a wall to test dream-pain, reach into mirrors...
|MY DREAM NIGHTJOB: by Jack Kerouac, late 1956 or early '57, an outa-the-mouths-of-babes-revelation dream.
First I commute to my dreamjob on a four-story bus, then I my baby brother (who I wouldn't give any chocolate pudding) utters a new poem by William Blake...
|MY LIFE CHANGED: by Wayan; 1993/6/15, the plain truth.
Advice from a successful writer of worstsellers to all you aspiring failures: unfame has its price...
|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...
|NIGHTMARE TRANSUBSTANTIATION: by Wayan; 2015/2/10; a gross-out nightmare that turns out to be predictive
I'm in a basement, forced to enact a ritual where I must mate with, then FEED on, a flayed creature...
I wake shaken, open a random book--and it describes the ancient Celtic rites of Epona...
CAUTION: BESTIALITY, MATE-DEVOURING
|NO "I": by Wayan; 2003/10/22, a dream of identity loss.
I'm in San Francisco trying to throw Sauron's Ring into the Cracks of San Andreas. But a sexy sorcerer steals my sense of I! How can you act without a self?
|ONCE A HERO: by Wayan; 185K total, 9 images, 1998/10/22, a raw dream-series.
Sexy dreams of Chinese archeology, authorized by the fairies, make me face that my family abused me...
|THE OTHER ROOM by Nancy Price; 1948, a predictive dream
A writer I haven't seen for 40 years gives me a drink, but all I want is to find my mom in The Other Room...
|OVERLAY: by Wayan; 1984/2/11, 1995/8/26, and 2004/9/11, 3 dreams prompting a 9-page comic on parallel sensory worlds
Dreams of translucent fairies, centaurs, robots & gnomes prompted me to draw comics about them with clear overlays showing how dreamworlds overlay ours...
|PEACOCK KINGS: by Myoe Shonin; 1196/8 or 1196/9, an ecstatic dream
I meet two Peacock Kings bigger than human beings, who chant blessings until I wake with tears drenching my pillow...
|A PEGASUS-DRAGON SCRIPTS MY LIFE: by Wayan; 2017/12/4, a dream of my... creator? guardian angel? Credited scriptwriter, at least...
I watch the TV show of my life, and learn that my scriptwriter is half dragon, half pegasus. It's my human self that's been a fiction all along...
CAUTION: FURRY NUDITY
|THE PEGASI TUB: by Wayan; 2013/11/9, a fun, flirty dream I apparently thought I didn't deserve.
After a rainy hike I'm cold and muddy. In the camp hot tub, six girls splash and play. They greet me, then slowly become winged ponies! Pegasi...
CAUTION: HOT-TUB NUDITY
|THE PEN: by Elector Frederick of Saxony; 1517/10/30, a predictive political dream.
Frederick dreams a monk writes words on the door of Wittenburg’s church with a pen so big it pokes the Pope. The next day...
|PIRANDELLO'S BAT: by "Anonymous #22"; before 1963, an absurd predictive dream
I dreamed of a garden in Italy. Arches, roses. Then a bat flew in! The next day, I open a book of Pirandello's plays, to find...
|THE PLOWSHARES PROGRAM: by Wayan; 2017/11/12, a feverdream warning of high-tech's failure rate
Looks like this underground nuclear test will leak. Minutes from detonation, we flee up the spiral stair and out across the sand. Can we run far enough in time?
|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...
|A PROPHETIC DREAM: by William Archer; 1921/4/24, a quiet predictive dream naming names.
A literary agent--not my current one--is proposing a 'novelization' offer from a writer I've barely heard of. Twelve weeks later...
|QUOD VITAE: by Rene Descartes; 1619/11/11, three mystical dreams.
In one night Descartes had three dreams convincing him he had to change the course of his life...
|RABBIT-EARED DOE: by Wayan; dreamed 2008/4/29, a dream of statues come passionately to life
A tribal hunter catches a Rabbit-Eared Doe by her yard-long ears, pulls on them like reins, and mates with her!
She doesn't object. Is ear-pulling normal for her? I just can't tell if it's love, exploitation, kindness or cruelty. What to do?
CAUTION: STRANGE FURRY SEX
|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?
|READABLE DREAMS: by Wayan; 1989-92; a 3-year inner debate on how to present dreams as art
How do we make dream narratives readable, when most readers are raised to think they're nonsense?
|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...
|REJECTED! SO?: by Wayan; 2004/11/12, a dream of political AND personal advice
A middle-class girl rejects me. Then a newsman dismisses my political positions as irrelevant. "Liberal media" my ass...
|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...
|THE ROWAN: by Graham Greene; 1921, a possibly psychic nightmare.
The ship I was on going down in the Irish Sea. It was not till yesterday, looking at an old paper, I saw about the sinking of the Rowan in the Irish sea...
|SECRET SCREEN: by Wayan; 2018/4/19 and 2018/5/16, three linked dreamlets on escaping grim games
I let a friend talk me into being lookout as he steals a cult's secret papers. But I panic--know it'll soon go horribly wrong. Paralyzed by foresight!
Trying to master a game that freezes unplayably now & then, I discover a tiny button leading to a secret screen offering a second chance...
Trapped in a grim basement, two kids show me an exit door whose old, spotted, cobwebby glass can be walked through like air...
|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...
|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...
|SNOT-BIRD FORGERY!: a gross dream by Samuel Pepys, 1667/6/29, and a nightmare by Thomas Macaulay, c.1857
Samuel Pepys dreamt of kidneystones, pee, come, & snot--or did he? Thomas Macauley dreams his niece confesses...
|SNOW STALLION: by Wayan; 1994/6/4, a tangled political/spiritual dream.
I'm a peace terrorist trapped in Squaw Valley, herded like a mare by a huge stallion made of snow...
And then the dream shifts and I blurt out the truth behind our idiotic waking world! And wake believing it...
CAUTION: MERMAID AND HORSE NUDITY
|SOLNIT'S DOG FIXATION: by Wayan; 2017/4/2, an embarrassing dream mixing a writer I admire and one I... don't
I dream peaceful Rebecca Solnit turns into violent Valerie Solanis. Her excuse is she was kidnapped and raped. Now she only trusts dogs. I mean, sexually, too...
The dream seems to be warning that furries like me may relate to animals better because of human-induced trauma. If so I've got some therapy to do..
CAUTION: ABUSE ISSUES (text only; no abuse images)
|A SPHINX IN CLAY: by Wayan; 2017/2/25, a dream urging me to make a sculpture--and face my heritage.
I'm a half-sphinx--human dad, sphinx mom--stuck in human form so far. Will I ever learn to shift? I find myself sculpting my elegant feline future self...
CAUTION: SPHINX NUDITY
|A SPHINX'S SKETCHBOOK: by Wayan; dreamed 1994/7/2 & 7/19; a 23-page dream-comic
I find the sketch-journal of a beautiful winged sphinx who left her mythic isle to explore a city of crazy bipeds, called San Francisco...
CAUTION: SPHINX SEX, SPHINX ATTITUDE
|STEVENSON'S BROWNIES: by Robert Louis Stevenson; 1850s-1880s, a series of dreams
Stevenson's dreams changed over decades: from childhood nightmares to creative allies dreaming whole stories...
|SUBMERGED IN THE WAVE: by Jenny Badger Sultan, 1988/8/3, a comic nightmare
I'm holding a pornographic novel, trying to keep it dry, as huge waves flood the room. The book and I are both going to get drenched...
|SUN AND MOON: by Katherine Mansfield; 1918/2/9, a dream-story
I dreamed a short story--even its title. Not that I read it. No, I lived it, through the eyes of a 5-year-old...
|SWORD IN MY BACK: by Franz Kafka; 1915/1/19, a surreal but un-Kafkaesque dream.
I slept late and felt a bit stiff, but until my friends pulled it out of my neck I had no idea...
|SYBIL SUE FLANNERY: by Wayan, 1986/10/29, a dream noir.
I'm Sybil Sue, a hard-boiled shapeshifting shamus, on the track of the most wanted bankrobbers in LA: the Bad Girls...
CAUTION: IN BETWEEN GUNSHOTS, THE BAD GIRLS SWEAR
|TAWNY OWL by Nancy Price; April 1948, a dream of muses
On the road with a poet and a philosopher, I insist we rescue an owl. But we get lost, and the poet turns into...
|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...
|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?
|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...
|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...
|THE TIGER AND THE WOLF: by Jo; 2011/1/15; a dream of temptation
A black dog leads me into the fairy wood. I'm tempted to find out what happens to people who walk under the tree where the Lightning Tiger lurks...
|TIME TO QUIT SWINGING: by Wayan; 2015/2/25, a punning, erotic, literary, cledonic dream (passing a message to another)
In the steampunk world of the Parasol Protectorate, I'm on a swing, fondling four friends I'm in love with--all four! I won't give any up. Yet it's time to quit swinging...
CAUTION: SEX ED CLASS, POLYFIDELITY
|TINA FEY TRIES TO FLY: by Wayan; 2017/4/24, a mystical feminist farce of a dream
In a world where speech is in Mayan glyphs, comedian Tina Fey, dressed for prom night, climbs a Tibetan peak to learn levitation. But the monks are scared of women...
CAUTION: COOTIES; ROWDY JESUS; MAY FLUNK THE BECHDEL TEST
|TITAN: by Morgan Robertson, 1898; a fiction that came uncannily true
14 years before the Titanic sailed, Robertson wrote of a great liner, the Titan, with three thousand people aboard, that strikes an iceberg and sinks in the North Atlantic...
|TITANIC IMAGE: by Graham Greene; 1912/4/14?, a childhood nightmare of the Titanic--before the news came.
One image has remained with me for more than sixty years: a man in oilskins bent double under the blow of a great wave...
|TREFIL, ON SCIENCE: by Wayan; 1994/1/26, a rant on dreamwork as science.
In an oneirophobic society, it's easy to forget that when you do dreamwork, you're doing basic science. No funding, no team, no lab coat? Can't be science! Unless they mistaught us what science is...
|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
|TWAIN'S BROTHER: by Mark Twain, early May 1858, a premonitory nightmare.
My brother Henry lay in a metal casket. He wore a suit of mine. On his breast were white roses, with one red at the centre. A few days later, the boilers of the riverboat Henry worked on exploded...
|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!
|UNRESOLVED OR JUST... DIFFERENT?: by Wayan; 1989/9/26, a dream on dreams.
In my dreams, a co-worker tells me HER dreams. Their focus is utterly unlike mine! Dream goals differ...
|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...
|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
|WERECAT SYNDROME: by Wayan, 2017/4/23, an advisory dream on Asperger Syndrome. Or maybe masculinity.
Werecat Syndrome runs in my family. Academics assume I'm a savage predator. Why? All I want to do is rub up against girls and find one who purrs back...
|WEREDOGS AREN'T RACIST: by Wayan; 1974/3/31, a surreal sarcastic dream
I'm a girljock waiting to see a movie when a weredog in line involuntarily shifts from dog to human, and a Berkeley radical takes offense...
CAUTION: SNIPPY ABOUT POLITICAL CORRECTNESS
|WHAT E.S.P. IS FOR: by Wayan; 2012/12/10, three linked dreamlets on my real nature and purpose
I dream ESP isn't just for oneself; then of a romance between a wolf singer & a deer guitarist; then that I'm furry too, and better accept it...
|THE WHITE WAVE: by Jenny Badger Sultan, 1988/8/3, alternate treatment of a comic nightmare, Submerged in the Wave
I'm holding a pornographic novel, trying to keep it dry, as huge waves flood the room. The book and I are both going to get drenched...
|WILDERNESS OF VIRGINIA: by Jack Kerouac, c. Oct. 1, 1953, a nightmare anticipating capitalist co-opting of the Beats
On the bus I feel horrified--how publishers will batten on the sufferings of junkey musicians---worth millions---unbearable...
|WISHING RICOCHETS: by Wayan, 2017/7/18, a shamanic dream on will and restraint.
Trapped in segregation-era Florida, I force a racist waitress to go bother someone else. Unfortunately, she does...
CAUTION: KLAN THREAT
|WONDERFUL SPECTACLES: by Anna Kingsford; 1877/1/31, a clairvoyant advisory dreamlet with a time-twist
A mystic postman delivers a letter on the world's best glasses and a reply in my own hand, telling how to find and clean them...
|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-BUILDERS: by Wayan; 2006, nondream: Planetocopia's sources
The life experiences, writers, artists and scientists that inspired the building of Planetocopia...
|THE WORLD NEWS: by Nathaniel Hawthorne; 1843; a dream-job (and career advice?)
I dreamt the world itself hired me, at a generous salary, to report its great affairs exactly as they happen...
|WORLDSTONES: fall 1895 & August 1898 by Mark Twain, and 2002/6/27 by Robert Moss; parallel dreams
Mark Twain dreams we're cells inside God, and writes of Huck Finn among the microbes. A century later, unaware of Twain's dreams, Moss...
|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...
|THE WRITING CLASS: by Wayan; 1984/3/27, a grumpy dream.
Most writers search for their unique style. Not me--I struggle to convey unique EXPERIENCES...
|ZOOOP'S MAZE: by Zooop and Wayan; 1999/1/21, apparent shared/telepathic dreams.
I wander a sunken maze, meet a playful woman, find a hidden treasure. Meanwhile, my friend Zooop...
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