Apr 23, 2017

The summer was just starting yet
like a fast ride it was over.
The man and the woman arrived at the end;

everywhere they sensed
the night blooms and crickets.
They yearned for the clean, ironed

sheets of blue sky
that folded into the past.
The man and the woman stood in the yard

by the hammock she loved.
A dry breeze rocked
the emptiness.

They wished they could lie down,
balance their bodies like the old days.
The sun sank, they smelled jasmine,

the breeze crested in waves.
Memory washed across them,
they swayed, amazed.

—Lisa C. Krueger






Lisa Krueger’s fourth book of poetry, Run Away to the Yard (Red Hen Press, 2017), is a collection of poems that the press describes as “like a photograph seared in the mind… offering readers the chance to assume altered perceptions of culture—and of self.”



Krueger’s poems have appeared in various journals and she’s published articles and written a series of interactive journals related to psychology and creativity. She is a clinical psychologist and maintains a psychotherapy practice in Pasadena focused on women’s issues, health psychology, writing therapy, and the role of creativity in wellness.

For more, please visit Krueger’s website, as well as

On May 4, Krueger reads with William Trowbridge (Vanishing Point, 2017) at Vroman’s Bookstore.




Red Hen Press Night
Thursday, May 4th, 7-8 p.m.
Vroman’s, 693 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena 91101
Free event; RSVP on event Facebook page
For more info, visit


On May 21, a garden party and poetry/art walk will be held in Krueger’s gardens from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. People who are interested in attending should contact Red Hen Press for details, including the location address. Email or call 1.626.356.4760.





Photo, night-blooming cereus by Aswin KP (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons.





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