Roswila's Dream & Poetry Realm

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

DARK DREAMS RISING (photo) & KALIFORMATION (free verse dream poem) by Roswila


one can't find any new dreams
in this land of Kaliformation
only constant daylight
where everyone passes the time
standing on endless lines
waiting to view imported dreams
once the doors are shut
and the curtains drawn

she wanders up and down
the endless and forever
movie lines of Kaliformation
looking for a spot, any spot,
any place to stand that's fitting

but waiting to see dreams
from other lands re-worked,
re-played, exaggerated
is not her goal, not at all,
not here where over wrought,
second-hand dreams are the only
ones acknowledged

no, she's looking to interview
all these folk waiting in line,
to hold a recording microphone
to each pair of lips and capture
what tumbles forth when asked:

what do you imagine you would dream
if there were any dreams left in Kaliformation?

[free verse poem on a dream of 10-14-13. The dream actually began by playing around with a line from some song I vaguely recall about it never raining in California. It was a bit of "day residue" as we could really use rain here right now. Re: the title -- That spelling of "Kali" was in the dream and I immediately associated it on waking to the Hindu Goddess whose name can mean "time," "beyond time," or "death." And the ending of "formation" was dreamed as a fitting response to "Kali." Photo "Dark Dreams Rising" by Roswila]

BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO DREAMKU (& PHOTOS): The dream-based poems posted on this blog -- dreamku, tanka, two-liners, monoku, free verse, etc. -- are offered in the spirit of collaboration. I have done my part. Now it’s your turn to jump in and see what comes up for you. I.e., there is no right or wrong way to relate to any of these dream offerings. Even my own understandings of them change over time. And it gives me joy when a reader sees something in any of them that I have not.

Also please note that a dream poem is not intended as an interpretation of a dream, or even a complete and accurate rendering of one. It is my attempt to get down dream imagery/action that grabs me and, as I write about it, elicits my conscious written association and response. Nor do I believe that one has to remember dreams in order for them to do their work. In my understanding, we are much more than our conscious selves.

You may also note in any further reading on dreamku (the specific forms of dreamku, tanka, two-liners and monoku) you may do here, that in the beginning I stressed "showing, not telling." However, this has been changing for some time now. I now tend to "show" (the dream narrative) and cap if off with a "tell" (some reaction and/or insight I've had to the dream as I was writing about it). This pretty much applies to free verse dream poems as well.

For more in-depth exploration of the dreamku forms specifically (and one post in which I also address my photo choices):

-- very brief comparison of dreamku and haiku: DREAMKU ARE NOT HAIKU

-- a brief post about both dreamku and my photos THE AREN'TS OF DREAMKU & ACCOMPANYING DIGITAL PHOTOS.

-- detailed three-part post about dreamku: "A DREAMKU PRIMER: Writing Haiku-Like Poems About Your Night Dreams": PART ONE: Introduction & Writing Dreamku as Dream Work; PART TWO: Elements of the Haiku Form Used in Dreamku; and PART THREE: How to Write Dreamku (the second and third parts have some overlap).

-- a short up-dating post about the three-part "A DREAMKU PRIMER" -- Important Up-date to A DREAMKU PRIMER....".

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‘til next time, keep dreaming,

If you wish to copy or use any of my writing or poems, please email me for permission (under “View my complete profile”). Roswila's connections & other blogs: Charter Member of the United Haiku and Tanka Society (UHTS); ROSWILA’S TAROT GALLERY & JOURNAL; ROSWILA’S TAIGA TAROT; and TRYING TO HOLD A BOX OF LIGHT.


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