Evidence of Rain is a collection of poems about growing up in rural Wisconsin in a large family with a father who was more likely to be at the local tavern than at home, and a loving mother whose personality is slowly disappearing. It contains a coming of age story, but also explores the themes of nature, humor, the fragility of the family, and survival. The poems are sometimes dark, sometimes darkly humorous. Some of them are clearly descriptive, others follow the logic of dreams. Childhood ghosts haunt the book throughout, giving it a melancholy tinge. Yet colorful images of adulthood, marriage, and the natural world also animate its pages.