Behind The Smile: A Young Woman's Madness

Behind The Smile: A Young Woman's Madness
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by T. S. Clarke

Behind the Smile: A Young Woman’s Madness is a self-study done by poet T.S. Clarke, in which she shares her hard-earned truths about life as an African-American woman, living in the Bronx. Everything from music and love, to sex, violence, and prejudice is covered by jarring, descriptive poetry that you won’t soon forget. Clarke takes you on an educational, emotional journey as she explores her roots, her deep passions, tragedies, and triumphs. African-Americans will want to read this collection as a courageous testament to their race; non-African-Americans will want to read it to gain a better understanding of important issues that divide America today.


T.S. Clarke wrote this book as a student at William Smith College, where she graduated in May 2001 with her B.A. in English. Growing up in the Bronx, Clarke was able to use her writing to exorcise many demons in her life. It was this therapeutic process that lead her to enroll in college to find a better life.

Clarke enjoys drawing, and is a “serious collector of key chains.” When able, Clarke enjoys giving to charities.

(2002, paperback, 64 pages)

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