Evidence of Flossing: Reviews + Press


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)


“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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