The Dream Journal
The Dream Journal
Poetry and the Mythopoetics of Dreaming with Larry Sorkin

How dreams help us recreate our own stories is a kind of nighttime narrative therapy. Also the direction that the dreams are leading us is not always where we want to go!

Our guest today Larry Sorkin reads several of his dream-inspired poems and shares some of his life-changing dreams. He also explains why he believes that amplifying dreams (such as creating poetry around them) is preferable to more reductionist ways of working with them.

We take a call from previous guest Gilda Syverson who describes that much of the value in creating a poem comes during its revision and in noticing what is uncomfortable. You can find the show we did with Gilda January 10 at

BIO: Larry Sorkin has taken a Jungian and depth psychological approach to dreams for over forty years, strongly influenced by the work of James Hillman and Stephen Aizenstat. While enjoying a dream group as one way to amplify dreams, his primary approach is through active imagination that comes from writing poetry. He doesn’t so much work with dreams as the dreams work on him, profoundly changing his life. He often holes up on his ridgetop overlooking the North Carolina Piedmont, daydreaming into the fields and onto paper. His poetry book Uncomfortable Minds came out in 2021.

You can contact him at his webpage

We play clips from the following two guest-selected songs: Imagine a World of Harmony, Album by Bechtler Ensemble

Ambient music created by Rick Kleffel new every week. Many thanks to Rick Kleffel for also engineering the show, to Tony Russomano for answering the phones and to Ewa Malady for audio editing.

Show aired on March 19, 2022.


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