Run Away to the Yard

Run Away to the Yard

by Lisa C. Krueger


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781597090261
Publisher: Red Hen Press
Publication date: 05/04/2017
Pages: 80
Sales rank: 1,293,842
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Lisa C. Krueger is the author of the poetry collections Rebloom (2005), animals the size of dreams (2009), Talisman (2014), and Run Away to the Yard (2017), all from Red Hen Press. She also has written a series of interactive journals related to psychology and creativity. Her poetry has appeared in numerous publications. As a clinical psychologist she maintains a private therapy practice focused on women’s issues, writing therapy, and the role of creativity in wellness. She lives in Pasadena with her husband and three children.

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The Latin of It

Oleander’s fuchsia petals would scatter-shot

center divides of the 5, the 110;

her LA, her urbs angelicorum.

When she was young, every street

had oleander, every kid reached

for the dangerous bloom.

Don’t touch , her mother had said.

Don’t touch , she told her children.

A neighbor lost the custody battle

then steeped leaves for tea; she didn’t

completely die. An oleander memory,

a Nerium memoria.

Oleander perished from bacterium

Xylella fastidiosa. On her freeways,

concrete barriers replace their skeletons.

She once held the scent

• f her babies’ skin,

the flore delicatus of caress—

Table of Contents


Passings 21

Violet on a Plane 22

Outside the Rialto 23

Integumentary 24

Santa Monica Birth 26

Motel for the Leave of Absence 27

Eve 28

Swim Alone 29

Practice 30

Provider 31

Echo at the Festival of Light 32

Santa Anita Mall 33

The Latin of It 34

Map of Return 35

Transient 36


Call Me Joel 39

Tough News 40

The Lax Body Was a River 41

Due to an Emergency 42

When She Can't Breathe 43

Gray Heron, Santa Ana Winds 44

Vast Room 45

Infused 46

Anointed 47

Casilda at the Norton Simon 48

Entrance 49

Run Away to the Yard 51

Contained 53

Clean Scans 54

Parallax at Nine a.m. 55


Bad Girl 59

No One Buys Jesus 60

Case Notes in Red 61

Breaching Room 62

Intimacy 64

Personal Taste 65

Due Date 66

Camphor 67

After Words 68

Unattached 69

Predator 70

Forever 71

Sunday Afternoons 72

Donating the Cake Dome 73

Others in Topanga 74

No Quiet 75

Written 76

Reverent 77

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