Blog Tour – Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind
This week, I have the honor of taking part in a blog tour for Evidence of Flossing: What we leave behind, by Jennifer A. Payne. Not being a hardcore poetry person, I do enjoy the odd bit now and again. I have to say, this book not only struck a nerve but felt more relevant with each page I read. Jennifer has captured the seemingly inexhaustible supply of humanity in a collection of poems and street photography pictures that speak volumes about what we leave behind.
At its core, this chapbook calls attention to what is right and seemingly wrong with the world we live in today. I do have to admit that I have noticed a bit more of the humanity that most people usually ignore en route through their busy day’s and I’ve even started to notice the flosser that appear in everyday life from the streets of NYC to the state parks near my home. Previous to reading, Evidence of Flossing: What we leave behind, I would have sworn that I’d never seen one sitting out in the wild before. Does that prove Jennifer Payne’s point? You decide for yourself…
About the Book
Would God floss? Do spiders sing? Can you see the Universe in your reflection? Explore the answers to these questions and more in Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind, a new book by Connecticut author and artist Jen Payne.
Part social commentary, part lament, the poems in Evidence of Flossing are, at their heart, love poems to the something greater within all of us. Their investigation of the human condition and its folly — politics, religion, development, technology, consumerism — is juxtaposed to a series of poems about our natural world and the possibility of divine connection.
A timely publication given the state of our world, Evidence of Flossing is more than a simple poetry chapbook. Its pages are illustrated by a random, absurd, and heartbreaking assortment of original and vintage photographs, including a series of discarded dental flossers that inspired the title of the book.
Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind follows on the heels of Payne’s 2014 well-received book LOOK UP! Musings on the Nature of Mindfulness, and continues a dialogue about our innate connection with nature. Both books are published by Three Chairs Publishing, an extension of Payne’s graphic design company, Words by Jen, which is celebrating 25 years in business in 2018.
Three Chairs Publishing was inspired by a quote from Henry David Thoreau’s Walden: “I had three chairs in my house; one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society.” It honors the connections we regularly welcome into our lives, and the conversations we have — with ourselves, with our friend or loved one, with our community.
For more information about Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind, please visit www.3chairspublishing.com.
About the Flossers
Scattered throughout Evidence of Flossing, you will find a series of dental flosser photographs that inspired the title of the book. A take on traditional street photography, these images examine human nature from a different, thought-provoking perspective. Presented as evidence, each flosser photo is captioned with an ID number (series number + discovery date) and location. Several of the photographs were featured in a 2017 Arts Council of Greater New Haven show entitled “Where the Whole Universe Dwells.” Part of a collection of more than 100 photographs of discarded flossers found by Jen Payne between 2014 – 2017, they speak to the questions: What will we leave behind? What is our legacy in this vast and wondrous Universe?
“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
“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
Jen Payne is inspired by those life moments that move us most — love and loss, joy and disappointment, milestones and turning points. Her writing serves as witness to these in the form of poetry, creative non-fiction, flash fiction and essay. When she is not exploring our connections with one another, she enjoys writing about our relationships with nature, creativity, and mindfulness, and how these offer the clearest path to finding balance in our frenetic, spinning world.
Very often, her writing is accompanied by her own photography and artwork. She believes that partnering visuals and words layers the intentions of her work, making the communication more palpable.
In 2014, she published LOOK UP! Musings on the Nature of Mindfulness, a collection of essays, poems and original photography. Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind is her second book.
Jen is the owner of Words by Jen, a graphic design and creative services company founded in 1993, based in Branford, CT. She is a member of the Arts Council of Greater New Haven, the Connecticut Poetry Society, Guilford Arts Center, the Guilford Poets Guild, and the Independent Book Publishers Association.
Installations of her poetry were featured in Inauguration Nation an exhibition at Kehler Liddell Gallery in New Haven (2017), and Shuffle & Shake at the Arts Council of Greater New Haven (2016). Her writing has been published by The Aurorean, Six Sentences, the Story Circle Network, WOW! Women on Writing, and The Perch (Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health). She writes regularly at Random Acts of Writing, www.randomactsofwriting.net.
NOW AVAILABLE FROM
Three Chairs Publishing
P.O. Box 453 • Branford, CT 06405
Evidence Of Flossing:
What We Leave Behind
Jennifer A. Payne
180 pages, 5.5 x 8.5, Color Photos
$21.99, plus tax + shipping
A curious collection of 70+ poems that address both human folly and the wonders of our natural world. Illustrated by original and vintage photographs, including a series of discarded dental flossers that inspired the book’s title.
Look Up! Musings on
the Nature of Mindfulness
Jennifer A. Payne
288 pages, 5×7, Color Photos
$24.95, plus tax + shipping
A journal of one woman’s reconnection with Nature, told through essays, poems, and 100 stunning, full-color photographs. Features meditations by philosophers, poets, naturalists, and famous writers.
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