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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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Joe
Jun 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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!"

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"Aborted
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Jordan Smith
Dec 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
As a concept, this book sets the stage for a powerful read. The verses are especially suited for reading aloud, and have both tempo and rhythm in the original and in these excellent translations by Jeffrey Angles.

A must read for any fan of poetry, any student of women's studies (the title comes from the author's daughter's name...), anyone interested in transnational living, parenthood, anyone looking for a poetry to EXPERIENCE.
Melissa
Dec 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: women, poetry
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
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Jeffrey
Nov 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  (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
Mar 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: own-in-hard-copy
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.
Molly
Oct 12, 2009 rated it did not like it
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: http://www.raintaxi.com/online/2010sp...

Conceptually, I love it. Perhaps I need a re-read.
Meg Eden
Mar 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Innovative Japanese feminist poetry!
Moss
Jan 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry, small-press
I liked it. Some really nice language and juxtaposition or something. Holy god I'm bad at writing about poetry.
M.
Oct 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
congratulations on your destruction
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Hiromi Itō is one of the most prominent woman writers of contemporary Japan, with more than a dozen collections of poetry, several works of prose, numerous books of essays, and several major literary prizes to her name.
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