Perfect Perfection

Martin Olson, USA

(Submitted by the author)

her interior eyes
opened in sleep
and a man of perfect
strength and tenderness
carried her off brusquely
through a columned threshold
her black high heels flailing
plucked from the sterile womb
of dictation at Schwab and Goldstein
and into the depths of ineffable
orgasmic romance
although a dream
it was more real than reality
not perfection
but rather
perfect perfection
dreaming he was at his desk
a mathematician saw himself
solving the Hodge Conjecture
that certain de Rham
cohomology classes are
algebraic, the sums of

The Polished Mirror

Refik Algan, Turkey

(Submitted by the author)

Are all dream systems relativistic, or can there be a single, absolute dream system in which no symbolism is presumed? One of the main characteristics of an operating dream system, even if it be mostly relativistic, is its accordance with the function and structure of the brain itself.

The hummingbird

Alberto Villoldo, Cuba

(Submitted by The Art of Living Team)

Whether you realize it or not, we are all dreaming the world into being. What we’re engaging in is not the sleeping dream we’re familiar with, but the waking dream we craft with our eyes open.

The dream of life

Chuang Tzu, China

(Submitted by the Art of Living Team)

How do I know that the love of life is not a delusion? How do I know that he who is afraid of death is not like a man who left his home as a youth and forgot to return? Those who dream, do not know that they are dreaming; in their dream, they may even try to interpret their dream. Only when they have awakened, do they begin to know that it was a dream. By and by, comes the great awakening, and then we shall know that it has all been a great dream.


Gabriel García Márquez, Colombia

(Submitted by Basilio Badia, Colombia)

It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.

I paint my dreams

Vincent Van Gogh, Holland

(Submitted by Valeria Pagano, Italy)

I dream my paintings and then I paint my dreams.

Dreams of the Mapuches

Rosa Anwandter, Chile

(Submitted by the author)

In communities related to the Mapuche peoples, in the southlands of Chile and Argentina, dreams have always held an important position. The cosmovision of the Mapuches is similar to many other pre-Columbus societies in South America. The difference is that they share a common language, Mapudungun, amongst a vast territory, and traditions have been passed orally from one generation to the next.

As a dream

Edgar Allan Poe, USA

(Submitted by Jill Lopez, USA)

It is by no means an irrational fancy that, in a future existence, we shall look upon what we think of our present existence, as a dream.

Waking Life

Richard Linklater, USA

(Submitted by Paolo Gaete, Chile)

"I had a friend once who told me that the worst mistake you can make is to think that you are alive, when really, you're asleep in life's waiting room.

The trick is to combine your waking, rational abilities with the infinite possibilities of your dreams, because if you can do that, you can do anything."

From the film, 'Waking Life' by Richard Linklater.


John Lennon, England

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