The first collection of poetry from rural American writer D. B. Tompsett. Robert Frost famously described writing free verse to be ' . . . like playing tennis with the net down.' D. B. Tompsett is playing tennis with his net down on the Idaho plain; he can animate a desert outhouse, give her a paramour and communicate the pathos between them. Working in the agriculture and plant life industry, Dan understands the temperament of the desert first hand. He moves in and out of reveries, a working man's surrealist, while speaking to us directly, in a singular American idiom, creating haunting and direct images of love and death.