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Appointed Connecticut State Poet Laureate on July 1, 2010, Dick Allen has published seven poetry collections and won numerous awards including a Pushcart Prize, the Robert Frost prize, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and Ingram Merrill Poetry Foundation.

upcoming events

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Nov 18 2017
Books Signing: Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind

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 Branford author/artist Jen Payne. Saturday, November 18, 11:00AM – 2:00PM. Book signing, refreshments, and more, hosted by Rock Garden, 17 South Main Street, Branford, CT. Free and open to the public. For more information, call (203) 483-5353 or visit www.3chairspublishing.com.

11:00am
17 South Main Street
06405 Branford, Connecticut
Nov 18 2017
Find Evidence of Flossing at Rock Garden in Branford

Recently featured on the Arts Council of Greater New Haven and Bored Panda websites, Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind, the new book by writer/artist Jen Payne, will make an appearance at Rock Garden in Branford on Saturday, November 18 from 11am - 2pm. See the Evidence, meet the author, and support local business during this November book signing event.

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.

Award-winning poet Nancy Fitz-Hugh Meneely calls this “a most unusual book, richly thoughtful and sorely, sorely needed.” A timely publication given the state of our current 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.

A take on traditional street photography, these images examine human nature from a different and thought-provoking perspective. They are part of a collection of more than 100 photographs of used dental flossers found by Payne between 2014 - 2017, and speak to the subtitle of the book: What will we leave behind?

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.

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Rock Garden is located at 17 South Main Street, Branford, CT.

For more information and to purchase copies of the book, please visit  www.3chairspublishing.com.

11:00am
17 South Main Street
06405 Branford, Connecticut

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Dick Allen is the author of several poetry collections, including Present Vanishing (Sarabande Books, 2008). He has received fellowships from the...

poems

poem
Her sickness brought me to Connecticut.
Mornings I walk the dog: that part of life
is intact. Who's painted, who's insulated
or put siding on, who's burned the lawn
with lime—that's the news on Ardmore Street.

The leaves of the neighbor's respectable
rhododendrons curl under in the cold.
He has backed the car
poem
Even the sky here in Connecticut has it,
That wry look of accomplished conspiracy,
The look of those who've gotten away

With a petty but regular white collar crime.
When I pick up my shirts at the laundry,
A black woman, putting down her Daily News,

Wonders why and how much longer our luck
Will hold.  "
poem

I

Among twenty snowy mountains,
The only moving thing
Was the eye of the blackbird.

II

I was of three minds,
Like a tree
In which there are three blackbirds.

III

The blackbird whirled in the autumn winds.
It was a small part