A Poet Learns The Proper Way To Floss
by Lucy Gellman, Editor, The Arts Paper (Arts Council of Greater New Haven)

A Way with Words: Payne Pens Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind
by Pam Johnson, Senior Staff Writer, Shore Publishing (October 5, 2017)

Additional Reviews can be found on Amazon and Goodreads.

“The French poet and novelist, Victor Hugo, wrote, ‘The reduction of the universe to the compass of a single being, and the extension of a single being until it reaches God—that is love.’ Jennifer A. Payne expands on those words with an unflinching account of our unshakeable relationship to the modern world around us, God, nature, and ourselves.”

David W. Berner,
Journalist & NPR Contributor

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“Jen Payne’s book, Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind, carries prophetic power in the spaces between its words. It is truth and beauty delivered to us in wide-eyed wonder by a child’s heart passionately in love with nature.”

Rita Kowats,
Spirituality Without Borders

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Some books are:
(a) fun reads

(b) visually stimulating

(c) thought-provoking

(d) emotionally satisfying


The conceptually clever and very effectively executed Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind is the rare book comprising (e) all of the above. I was hooked after page three, having read “The Times They Are a Changin’,” a concise, keen prosaic reminiscence (cue the heartstrings) about people and things that have gone on before. “EoF” is, at turns, uplifting, funny, sad, sexy, maddening, silly, educational and, ultimately, a window into the fertile mind of a very thoughtful and creative being. This is what art reads like!

— Greg Sammons

“The poems in Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind are a brilliantly incisive commentary on our simultaneous human sense of beauty and waste and loss.”

Dale Carlson, ALA Notable Book author
and founder, Bick Publishing House

“The collection of writings and photographs powerfully remind us that our everyday actions impact the environment. Jen Payne’s writings also underscore our role as stewards and the positive impact we can make on the world around us.”

Peter Raymond, Professor, Yale School
of Forestry & Environmental Studies

“In Jen Payne’s exquisite introduction to Evidence of Flossing, she provides the purpose of this book: to illustrate, poem by poem, the very fraught relationships which define us, human to human, human to earth and animal, and human to the unifying spirit, which may or may not be her lower case “god.” She is sober, admonitory, enraptured and antic by turns, her illustrative photographs always a source of pleasure or irony — often both. This is a most unusual book, richly thoughtful and sorely, sorely needed.”

Nancy Fitz-Hugh Meneely, author,
Letter from Italy, 1944

“It’s uncanny how Jen Payne grabs hold of seemingly ordinary strands of life — then surprises us with new meaning. A master at storytelling, Jen brings us to the realization that the stories she shares are actually ours. An engaging, thought provoking and masterful reflection on our collective legacy in this world.”

Mary O’Connor, author,
Life Is Full of Sweet Spots
and Dreams of a Wingless Child

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“To help heal our planet and ourselves, we first have to look outward to go inward. Jen Payne’s new book of poetry and photographs inspires us to do just that. Using the unique and cohesive symbol of the pocket dental flosser, Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind explores nature and our place within our environment…Payne’s poetry is the nuanced, living force of the collection. What drives that force is a love of nature’s beauties, a love that Payne wants readers to experience.”

– Luanne Castle, Writer Site

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“Payne gives us poetry that moves us, challenges our perceptions and inspires us to look deeper into our place in the world and what our legacy can or should be. Evidence of Flossing is well worth the read – and one you will revisit over and over again.”

— Beverly Baird, Teacher, Writer

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