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If you can handle the depth of soul-transforming emotions then this hard, sensitive book is for you. ---- willard gellis, author & professor

Awesome words and imagery; I could feel and taste each poem. ---- Rain Pryor, “Fried Chicken & Latkes A One Woman Experience”

In graceful verse, Joy Leftow recalls eye-opening situations & times that altered lives, then forward to new understanding. ---- THADDEUS RUTKOWSKI, author, “Tetched”

About the Author

I write about people, who they are, and their lifestyles ... then I share my observations. I tell it like it is. My style is - in your face reality combined with a unique perspective due to my background. I’m white Jewish and grew up in Washington Heights, Manhattan. I come from extremely humble beginnings combined with a hard lifestyle. Later, striving for survival, I managed to get into Columbia under the Higher Education Opportunity Program, got my BA there, and later my Masters in social work. This solidified my already instinctual propensity to understand what motivated people. In the early nineties, when I hit the NYC poetry scene, some folk accused me of being post modernist, some thanked me for my heartfelt style, and others mimicked me at open venues. When I applied for the graduate writing program, I had to use prose because my poetry was criticized for its lack of form so during my grad-studies I took the opportunity to study writing poetry in form. And about being post-modernist, I only began to read other post-modernists after I’d been accused of being one. Others say my prose is just on the harder and sharper sides of life. Writing has always been a profound experience for me. Since childhood, writing has imprinted itself on my soul. My writing ability is a mitzvah. I am the instrument, writing is my love, and the finished products are my offspring.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Big Foot Press (October 6, 2005)
  • ISBN-10: 0917455509
  • ISBN-13: 978-0917455506
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 6.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,358,657 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Writer, Publisher, Poet extroadinaire. Double alumna of Columbia. Masters of Social work and graduate Of City College Masters in Creative Writing.

Leftow coined the term, "Bluetry" to represent jamming words to blues music. Bluetry, as an art form, grew out of being told her poems were too sad. Born in Washington Heights, and surviving a difficult childhood, Leftow says, "I have no choice but to write, it is a part of my internal design. My writings and performances emerge from my womb, and there is no greater love than a mother for her son. My striving to thrive defines my art."

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C.F. on January 29, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is a great collection of poems with a few short stories tossed in. Not the usual sweet "hallmark" kind of poetry, these poems are very emotion-grabbing and some can even be gut-wrenching. But all are worthy of a read.

I stumbled onto her work when I attended a poetry reading in NYC. Ms. Leftow was the featured artist. She read four or five poems and had every ear turned her way. One was mildly humorous, about a guy who lives with his ex-wife, but the others were about confronting life's smack-downs head on - some you win, some you lose and some you just learn to live with. I guess that's what I like best about this book. It shows you how to keep going no matter what the outcome.

The publisher is very small so it is hard to find this book. I'm glad to see it finally offered here. I purchased the book at the reading and am glad I did. It is quite moving. -CF
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patrick H. Dent on February 11, 2006
Format: Paperback
Joy Leftow's poems are about life, flowing easily from her astute observations of her somewhat non-traditional experiences. Her work is refreshingly unique in that Joy doesn't write traditional rhyme and meter. Her poetry is lyrical narrative, and each poem is a separate story.

Joy's writing voice is powerful. Her provocative style may shock you, amaze you, or enthrall you, but it certainly won't bore you. Joy does what few poets can accomplish. She evokes strong feelings with her penetrating insights into the human condition.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Regina Gradess on February 27, 2006
Format: Paperback
Joy Leftow's Spot of Bleach is a raw, real, rich group of emotional poems and prose. I keep it nearby and read a poem or a paragraph and let her scenarios wash over me. Joy opens up her heart,her life and her imagination to her readers. She pulls no punches yet she is very compassionate. This is a book you'll return to again and again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marty Gillis TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 8, 2011
Format: Paperback
Being the first to admit my absolute dilettante status regarding the world of poetry I still felt compelled to write a few words about Joy Leftow. She is truly an original artist with her art combined in both the content and the delivery of the words she writes. Simply reading her poetry is most satisfying, but HEARING and SEEING it read is something else altogether. I simply can not recommend seeing Joy's online videos more highly. (easily found on a certain site with the initials "Y T " under "violetwrites") As a neophyte with borderline cretinous sensibilities even I could tell I was enjoying something unique and of high quality. (I was!) More can be enjoyed, written and otherwise, at Joy's blog and I recommend a visit in addition to purchasing this book.

This is a whole new world for me, but even I can appreciate poems such as "Being Jewish" which had me rolling before I hit the halfway point. Joy needs to be on television! She would have been wonderful during the salad days of The Tonight Show when Johnny was broadcasting from New York. While you can be assured of some priceless moments while reading and enjoying this book, I would urge the author to consider regular podcasts and perhaps a downloadable mp3 album of her work that could be made available on both iTunes and Amazon.

Whatever format you choose to enjoy Joy Leftow's gifts, rest assured you will get more than you bargained for. Spot of Bleach & Other Poems and Prose is just the beginning. Add this book to your collection and be richer for it.
Recommended!
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