A queer neurodivergent poet, Catherine B. Krause came out as transgender in 2014 and, rejected by family and many friends, found herself in Washington, DC working for food and rent. When this job failed to give her the stability and security she had hoped for, she found herself living in and out of homeless shelters in early 2015, often sleeping on the sidewalk, taking whatever work she could. As she was struggling to keep her head above water, she began to explore surrealist poetic techniques, which soon led her to the political ideology behind surrealism. In mid-2015 Catherine got off the street and began to write seriously about what had happened, partly in an attempt to understand it herself, partly to affirm that what had happened was real. These poems largely reflect on the pain that has been Catherine's life since 2014, though she has since made it to a supportive, affirming, and loving environment, and this reflects itself in some of the poems written in 2016/2017.