Like a photograph seared in the mind, Run Away to the Yard has lasting power, offering its readers the chance to alter assumed perceptions of culture–and of self.
Run Away to the Yard is a unique collection of poems that addresses personal identity within the contemporary culture. In parable-like vignettes and metaphor-dense portraits, Krueger”s poems challenge old notions of self, asking readers to reconsider what brings meaning to daily life. Through the lens of close observation–much like a photographer–Krueger examines the complexity of our responses to a convoluted world. Poems ask us to consider who we are when our lives become stripped of the ordinary and expected, whether that be material commodities, health, daily routines, relationships, even memory. Where, then, do we find meaning and purpose? These poems aim toward greater compassion–for other people and ultimately for ourselves.
Praise for Run Away to the Yard:
“This collection is a powerful and vivid indictment of the spiritual and emotional bankruptcy that our culture of acquisition and consumption has led to. Quietly, and with a cool objective eye, Krueger reveals to us how even the great mystery of death and the wilderness of desire become safe and sterile ceremonies after we’ve domesticated the inner world of the imagination and turned the outer world into a shopper’s paradise. Let those who have ears hear her. This book will make you want to change your life.”— Li-Young Lee