Poetry and Dreams Make Good Bedfellows

On June 24 I led a workshop called “The Poetic Dream” at the International Association for the Study of Dreams 30th annual conference in Virginia Beach.

Dreamers spent the afternoon reading and writing poetry that came from dreams. Toward the end of our session, I asked participants to discuss what they learned in the process. Here is some of what they said:

  • Our poems and our dreams have common themes.
  • Dreams and Dream Poems offer new perspectives on life.
  • Writing Dream Poems was transformational.
  • Writing Dream Poems is fun, easy, and satisfying.
  • The process was freeing, led to greater understanding, and helped the dream poet feel seen.
  • Writing dream poems helps us communicate with ourselves and others.
  • The process was rich with the goodness of simplicity.
  • Dream Poems highlight the uniqueness of each individual.
  • The process of writing in a group fostered togetherness and helped us get to know one another better.
  • We gained insight about our dreams by writing the poems.
  • Dreams offer raw material to poets and writers
  • Dream Poetry helps us make intuitive connections

And one more thing…poets suggested that perhaps next year we make a Dream Poetry anthology filled with poems by IASD dreamers. I’m on board for that! Stay tuned for further developments.


If you want to write a dream poem, try this:

How to write a dream poem:

  1. Think of a dream you had recently, or a recurring dream.
  2. Write the dream in the present tense, as if it is happening now. Use descriptive language and strong verbs.
  3. Re-read what you’ve written. Insert line breaks and delete unnecessary words.


Write a poem in which each line begins with the words: I dream …. You can include things you dream about at night … as well as dreams you hold for your future, day dreams, etc.


If you’d like to learn more about my dreamwork practice, schedule an appointment for dreamwork, purchase a dream journal, or buy a dreamwork gift certificate for friend, visit me at Third House Moon.


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10 responses to “Poetry and Dreams Make Good Bedfellows

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  2. It was an inspiring workshop ~ Poetry and Dreams DO make Excellent Bedfellows…. B.

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  4. Sounds like it was an amazing conference and experience,
    welcome back `home` 。。。 I wonder for you as a dreamer, what its like after a journey to come home to your own bed!
    Or how beds away from home influence your dreams…hemmmm…

    • Hi Joanne,
      Good question and a subject worthy of a blog post one of these days!The short answer is that happily my dreams follow me to whatever bed I sleep in 🙂

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