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KILLING KANOKO is a powerful, long-overdue collection (in fine translation) of poetry from the radical Japanese feminist poet, HiromiIto. Her poems reverberate with sexual candor, the exigencies and delights of the paradoxically restless/rooted female body, and the visceral imagery of childbirth leap off the page as performative modal structures--fierce, witty, and vibrant. Hiromi is a true sister of the Beats. --Anne Waldman.

The appearance of this generous and beautifully rendered translation of Hiromi Ito's poetry is a significant and memorable event for American letters. For Ito is poet of truly international stature, whose work breaks down barriers of language and gender, bringing an unprecedented erotic energy and eruptions of transgressive and domestic excess into areas of deep myth and shamanistic performance. It is a poetry of her world and of our worlds as well, the gift of a supremely intelligent and relentlessly exuberant mind, situated somewhere between bliss and nightmare. That she has now chosen to live among us is a still further cause for celebration. --Jerome Rothenberg

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Hiromi Ito, born in 1955 in Tokyo, is one of the most important and dynamic poets of contemporary Japan. After her sensational debut in the late 1970s, she emerged as the foremost voice of the wave of "women's poetry" that swept Japan in the 1980s. To date, she has published more than a dozen critically acclaimed collections of poetry, several novels, and numerous books of essays. She has won many important Japanese literary prizes, including the Takami Jun Prize, the Hagiwara Sakutaro Prize, and the Izumi Shikibu Prize. She now lives outside of San Diego with her partner Harold Cohen and her daughters. KILLING KONOKO: SELECTED POEMS OF HIROMI ITO is the first U.S. edition of her work and is available from Action Books.
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  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Action Books; 1 edition (December 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979975549
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979975547
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,106,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jeffrey Angles (1971- ) is an associate professor of Japanese literature and translation at Western Michigan University. His lifelong interest in Japan and Japanese literature began when he went to Yamaguchi Prefecture in southwestern Japan as a fifteen-year old. Since then, he has lived and taught in Japan numerous times, spending nearly a decade working and studying in various cities, including Saitama City, Kobe, Kyoto, and Tokyo.

Dr. Angles has written a great deal about contemporary Japanese literature and culture. He is also an accomplished translator of Japanese modernist literature and poetry. His translations of Tada Chimako won both the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission for the Translation of Japanese Literature and the Landon Translation Award from the Academy of American Poets. His translations of Takahashi Mutsuo have won major grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and PEN Club of America.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By joyelle mcsweeney on September 24, 2013
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Hiromi Ito is a poet of contradictions-- shaman and agony aunt, Japanese and Californian, a riveting performer whose poems are scored for the page, anachronistic and contemporary, conceptually dazzling and vocally direct. The works in Killing Kanoko pulse with these contrary energies, and this is why they retain or perhaps accrue power as they pass from language to language, voice to voice, through matrices of culture. "Rip off meaning/Sound remains" writes Ito in "Maltreatment of Meaning", and the glowing pink hue of this edition embodies the vitriolic, unparaphrasable force that is released by her relentlessly generous 'ripping off'. I am the publisher of this book; I was driven to publish it when I absorbed the force of its phrasing, pacing, rhythms, and heat, and when I began to comprehend the time-travelling, pierced, galactic range of Ito's vision. Like Alice Notely, Ito is like a figure who has fallen out of time but does not have the luxury of shaking off time's lacerations. Jeffrey Angles has given us an English edition which reflects the paradoxically 'homely brilliance' of this nomadic writer who draws on both inherited matrilineal Japanese and adopted North American shamanic traditions to arrive at a distinctive aesthetic: inimitable, nimble, sybilline. This title has found a new audience for Ito in the US, refreshing interest in her work among scholars, writers, and those for whom reading poetry is a way to 'rip off' one world, revealing the next.
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0 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Robert A. Banbury on June 11, 2013
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Dr Angles seems to think that his credentials give him some value as a poet, but his choices in whom he translates and his own work are sad examples of what a backwater talent he is. Please stay in academia. Poetry is not for you, Dr.
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