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Joy Leftow

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Joy Leftow (born in Washington Heights, New York City) is an American poet, fiction writer, essayist and artist. Leftow's poetry is narrative and lyrical, and each poem tells a complete story. More recently, Leftow is exploring what she has labeled Bluetry, a rhythmic freestyle poetry, which she reads to music and which some reviewers have called "rap". Some poems have gained critical acclaim, such as "Tupelo Honey," "Advancing on Satori," and the more recent "Being Jewish," "My Mother," and "I Sing The Blues For You Today," all of which have been published in several journals. Her poems are often gritty and raw urban tales based on her unique observations and experience. Familiar themes in her work encompass analysis of identity and inclusion and family and social issues. She covers themes of overall inclusion and exclusion into various groups in general (the nuclear family) and organizations. Leftow's Jewish identity has become another developing theme along with her recent poetic
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