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Spot of Bleach & Other Poems and Prose Paperback – October 6, 2005
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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.
Top customer reviews
Trees died so that I might read from beginning to end of BLEACH, and mark up sections so that I might "steal" from Joy for my own future work. Reading this book calmed me. It had a soothing emotional effect upon me. I don't know why. @hg47
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
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.