Monday, January 27, 2014

everywhere & in everything

there is a dream in everything
in a parking meter
in a swing

the tree dreams of the sea
the sea of an etching plate

a plate dreams of a spoon
a spoon of dirt
dirt of an apron

a scarf dreams in alarming colors
where is the gate in this city fence

a book dreams of a well
a chimney of a shelf in the sea
a flame of a trumpet
a balcony of a sun

a burglar dreams of a neck
in a wine bar in a burglar dream

it wasn't water to wine
it was water to cream
there are dreams in old coconuts

a rock dreams of an oyster
an oyster of a parachute
a parachute of venus
the venus of fallen things

what's between art & the artist
what's between artist & i

if i said you were good
would you believe me
you're good you're good
you're good

instead of dreaming you could be
swimming riding dancing fainting

the cosmos dreams of your fingers
your candles dream of being one
with the one being

a dream is when a yoyo unwinds

your nails dream of the houses
your dreams are assembling

when an animal
you've never seen before
appears to you
that is a dream

dream is a word for reach
dream is a word for round
dream is what is coming up
& what is going down

whereas life
is unnecessarily complex
a dream is simple

some think dreams
are the spice
they are not
dreams are the stock

take down this recipe
the holy trinity of dreams
skin desire path
purpose body heart

a dream is a vote for apollo

if you listen you will hear
every 6th word
is dream

dreams are like parents
that are not hiding hard
but playing along

the minute you become shrewd
you lose your dream

you can regain it
whenever you want
by crying out

there's no eating a dream
a dream is not a plate

if you have a recurring dream
what does that mean
analyze it all you want
you'll never catch a star

there's no darning a dream

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

what kind of a dream

someone asked the other day
what kind of a dream should i send
i answered any kind of a dream
the kind of dream you dream
i mean who is to say
the kind of dream you dreamt
last night last year when you were a child
a waking dream a sleeping dream
a past present future dream
a foreign dream a domestic dream
a dream that lies between here & there
a dream about becoming
a little dream for you
a big dream for a friend
a cosmic dream for a mother
a lover one another
a wish for the world
a hope for the future
a thought that begins something
something already begun in you
a something inside that's yearning to be
whatever kind of a seed you find
is the kind that would be just right
for planting or if you have another idea
that would be just right too

Friday, January 17, 2014

Our Dreams Spread Out

Vija Celmins (b. 1938, Riga, Latvia; lives and works in New York)
Night Sky #4, 1992
Oil on canvas mounted on panel
30 3/4 x 37 3/4 in.

The Woman Who Planted Dreams, 2014

To coax a dream into existence takes months of walking, hours of meditating and high altitude dreaming, but when one grows it forms a canopy for all. In the spring of 2014, I am headed out on a 5-month pilgrimage to the realm of Artemis, to the untouched Wilderness, to petition the Divine. The Woman Who Planted Dreams is a 2600-mile journey with a book of dreams (yours). The Persian word Monajat means telling a secret, an intimate dialogue with the Divine or fervent prayer. This is my offer, to carry your Monajat to the Divine.

I aim to plant 200 Monajats, or dreams, in a long furrow from Mexico to Canada, in the high, fertile soil of the Sierras and Cascades. The concept of changing our landscape by seeding it is as old as Johnny Appleseed. Here's what a dream seeding looks like. Each night, I'll open my book, fix one dream in my mind, breathe it out upon the land and fold it into the soil along with a real seed (a conifer in the mountains, a wildflower in the meadows, a cactus in the desert). Then I'll catapult a glass crystal to the sky to mark the occasion and put on a dream cap to invite the dreams to grow in me while I sleep. With ample sunlight, fresh air & proper nourishment, our dreams just might reach full height. Look to the stars, listen to the earth. We carry the seeds of greatness in us, the roots of happiness too.

You are such an integral part of my work. You help me make meaning in the world and I want you on this journey. I need you. Please look. Is there a dream in your heart? If so, consider sending it to me. I'm inviting one dream per person and a donation of $10. In exchange, I'll dedicate one night of my journey to you. Mail your dream and offering to: Mimi Allin, 117 E Louisa St #201, Seattle, WA 98102 or e-mail: and donate online (click the yellow DONATE button at the top right of this page). Anything over $10 goes to the project. And if you find you can't donate at this time, it's fine to just send your dream. I'd much prefer your good dream to any bad feelings about not being able to donate. Deadline: 1 April 2014. Dreams received after this date will take a long time to reach me, but when they do I'll plant them in line with the others.

Follow this journey online: The Woman Who Planted Dreams. Updates will be sent bimonthly from the field, starting in May 2014. Many thanks to project partners Laura Musikanski and Clinton Bliss of The Happiness Initiative for their  encouragement and in-kind contributions.

Watch the film that inspired this work (below). The Man Who Planted Trees is a French film based on a short story about a man whose constant generosity brought a barren landscape to life. Elezeard Bouffier had a dream about life and beauty and work. I have a dream about life and art and how they're really one thing. Thank you for creating this world with me.