Thursday, December 31, 2009

The Dream Poet Anthology 2009

Below are the names of every poet who made an appearance or was mentioned in my dreams during 2009. Some of these poets I know well, others are acquaintances and some are complete strangers. If you find your name is on this list and you do not know me, it means that I know of you via your work or reputation and my psyche has attached some type of meaning or symbolism on you to represent something.

2009 Contributors:

Kim Addonizio, Deborah Ager, Bill Allegrezza, Clay Banes, Jeffery Bahr, Jennifer Bartlett, Sandra Beasley, Tara Betts, Frank Bidart, Remica Bingham, Julie Bloemeke, Anne Boyer, Ana Božičević, Maurice Burford, Blake Butler, Ryan Call, Laura Carter, Lorna Dee Cervantes, Joshua Clover, Kelly Cockerham, Shanna Compton, CA Conrad, Eduardo Corral, Bruce Covey, H.D., Jon Dallas, Kyle Daragan, Neil de la Flor, Linh Dinh, Michael Dumanis, Jill Alexander Essbaum, Thomas Sayers Ellis, Annie Finch, Wade Fletcher, Daisy Fried, Elisa Gabbert, Scott Glassman, Johannes Göransson, Noah Eli Gordon, Anne Gorrick, Lea Graham, Gabriel Gudding, Paul Guest, Stacey Harwood, Teri Cross Hayes, Terrence Hayes, Ginger Heatter, Matthew Hittinger, Janet Holmes, Dave Housley, Richard Howard, Theo Hummer, Charlie Jensen, Shane Jones, Collin Kelley, Amy King, Steve Kistulenz, Rauan Klassnik, Jennifer L. Knox, Dorothea Lasky, David Lehman, Rebecca Loudon, Natalie Lyalin, Tony Mancus, Cate Marvin, Joseph Massey, David McDonald, Gary McDowell, Didi Menendez, E. Ethelbert Miller, K. Silem Mohammad, Gina Myers, Dan Nester, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Hoa Nguyen, Ed Ochester, Jeni Olin, Danielle Pafunda, Karl Parker, Shann Palmer, Richard Peabody, PF Potvin, Craig Santos Perez, Jessica Piazza, Scott Pierce, PF Potvin, Ezra Pound, Barbara Jane Reyes, Tony Robinson, Ken Rumble, Carly Sachs, CJ Sage, Allyson Salazar, Michael Schiavo, Zach Schomburg, Steven Schroeder, Rebecca Seiferle, Don Share, Laura Sheahen, Evie Shockley, Jessica Smith, Laurel Snyder, Ron Silliman, Janaka Stucky, Craig Teicher, Brent Terry, Maureen Thorson, Tony Tost, Elizabeth Treadwell, John Updike, Sarah Vap, Rich Villar, Mark Wallace, James Wagner, Fritz Ward, Allyssa Wolf, Rebecca Wolff, Joshua Marie Wilkinson, C. Dale Young, Matthew Zapruder

Q: Does appearing on this list mean that I am obsessed with or stalking you?
A: Possibly.

Q: Will I tell you the details of the dream you appeared in?
A: No, absolutely not. Assume the dream was totally demented and would disturb you a great deal.

Q: I'm a poet and I'm psychically awesome, why aren't I included in this anthology?
A: There are three possible reasons you are not included:

1. You didn't appear in my dreams in 2009. Resolve in 2010 to be more ambitious psychically.
2. You did appear in my dreams, but I don't remember. I forget many dreams. Your omission is a simple case of editorial oversight. You were screwed, unintentionally.
3. You did appear in my dreams, but I am loathe to publicly admit such a thing. This applies to around 3% of the poets appearing in my dreams. Your omission is a simple case of editorial bias. You were screwed, intentionally.


  1. I'm glad I'm not a poet for once, otherwise I'd be aggrieved about not being included on your list. And what a list.

  2. When people dream about me, I'm mostly concerned about what I was wearing. Not because I'm a fashionista (although I sort of am), but because I think how people imagine me dressing says a lot about who they think I am.

    Plus, I've had martinis.

  3. Well I made it to the list.

    Thank goodness that I never dream of poets or artists or any celebrity actually.

    Happy new year to you and your beautiful family and lets see what this new decade brings us.

  4. i like this dreamthology. now each poet should put forward an interpretation. here's mine: seeing Ana Božičević in a dream means that one bad thing you've done will be erased (you can't choose which).

  5. If you dreamed of me it would be too lucid to record. I wish you the blessings of great insight, great awareness, and great compassion.

  6. But I saw you in my dreams, so doesn't that qualify?

  7. you are a prolific dreamer! i know i had one with you in it...remember??? oh wait that was my dream with you and yr agent (a woman...who turned out also to be you!)

  8. Good to see I can still fly beneath the radar. What I want to know is: which one of these characters sat on your bed?

  9. I didn't know! But I'm glad. I imagine it was Jilly related.

  10. Woo, two years in a row! Now I must add the word "threepeat" to a poem.

  11. I'm as excited and pleased as if I'd won a Grammy. Or a Tony.