Full of nature, celebration, and humor, Under the Overstory gives the reader a gift from the heart. From playful memories of life in California’s cul-de-sac 1950’s to a rich and layered portrait of a last journey with a close friend, Rick’s poems cover a wide emotional range. Joshua McKinney says these poems are “shaped by a fierce yet tender moral imagination.” At his fiercest, Rayburn bemoans the loss of habitat, the human destruction of nature. At his tenderest, he celebrates his life with Marianne, his family, and his friends. The reader will perceive a warm hand stirring this verbal cassoulet. Connie Gutowsky says “like bells on a sunny morning, Under the Overstory is a treasure, a delight.” Random Lane Press is proud to publish Rick’s premier collection of poems!