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Killing Kanoko

4.34 of 5 stars 4.34  ·  rating details  ·  70 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Poetry. East Asian Studies. Translated from the Japanese by Jeffrey Angles. "I want to get rid of Kanoko/I want to get rid of filthy little Kanoko/I want to get rid of or kill Kanoko who bites off my nipples." "KILLING KANOKO is a powerful, long-overdue collection (in fine translation) of poetry from the radical Japanese feminist poet, Hiromi Ito. Her poems reverberate wit ...more
Paperback, 129 pages
Published November 15th 2009 by Action Books (first published 2009)

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Jun 21, 2010 Joe rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: poetry
Continuing the trend of work in translation that pantses me:

"That's right, they dig me up and here I am, I'm not dead, I haven't dried up, I just warmed myself in the sand, a growing, laughing, living body, mother stuck a stalk in the hole in my ear to mark me, morning and night I would suck the dew through the tiny, tiny, tiny hole, and here I am, a growing, laughing, living body, a growing, laughing living body, a growing, laughing, living body, that is what I am , that is who I am!"


Apr 19, 2013 M rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: poetry, 2010, 2013
Re-read 04/19/2013:
It's interesting, I think I enjoy the biographical introduction & the notes at the end more than I enjoy the poems themselves, which, as mentioned three years ago, I find dragging in their repetition instead of beautiful (and I love repetition normally). There are a lot of things that happen in these poems that I think is really important and inspiring, but there's something tenuous about some of the work. I am still curious about reading more Ito though.

It's hard to review this collection of poems. I've been picking up this book every once in a while since a friend gave it to me over a year ago, and today, being in a poetry kind of mood, I picked it up and read much of it again. I guess people call Ito a feminist; she's very concerned with "women's issues," whatever that means to you. The poems are raw in great way. "Postpartum" begged me to put down the book and reflect on it, and I don't even have children.
The language is interesting, but ha
Meg Eden
Innovative Japanese feminist poetry!
May 19, 2010 Jeffrey rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
Original and daring poetry! This book shatters all stereotypes about what Japanese womanhood is all about. Ito became famous in the 1980s for a series of writings in which she talked about her thoughts of killing her infant daughter, and since then, she has continued to challenge patriarchy and the prison house of language.
Erin Lyndal
I liked this book, and it's great for reading Gurlesque poetry in translation. However, I also felt like I would have been better served if I'd been able to approach this book with more of a cultural context. My fault and not the book's, I know.
May 29, 2012 Molly rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: poems
While I might have missed the boat on this one, Sarah Fox and Lucas de Lima dug it, and I would suggest reading this conversation:

Conceptually, I love it. Perhaps I need a re-read.
I liked it. Some really nice language and juxtaposition or something. Holy god I'm bad at writing about poetry.
congratulations on your destruction
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