Two worlds coexist in GRIT, a poetry chapbook with photographs chronicling the life of Janis Luke Roberts and her alter ego, Clancey the Clown. From imaginary friends and childhood fantasies to fans grieving at her funeral, these poems explore how courage and imagination helped one woman overcome dyslexia and depression to become an award-winning performer. Travel with Janis into classrooms and hospitals, from Ocilla, Georgia, to the White House lawn. Visit Smileville where “when it rains, it rains ribbons and children can take cotton candy carpet rides.” In these pages, explore both the sacred lineage and the fear of clowns. Crafted in different forms, styles, and voices, the 23 poems in this honest and heart-warming collection capture the human spirit at work and vividly portray the resilience of a creative mind.
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