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Uploaded on Jan 8, 2009
This film shows the Japanese poet Ito Hiromi reading a slightly abridged version of her poem "Killing Kanoko" at Western Michigan University on October 3, 2008. The translation is by Jeffrey Angles and appears in the collection _Killing Kanoko_ (Action Books, 2009). For more info, see http://tiny.cc/itokillingkanoko.
This poem, written at the time when Ito was taking care of her first daughter Kanoko, is one of Ito's most famous and frequently anthologized poems. The bold expression of a young mother's desire to commit infanticide shocked many readers and earned Ito a place in the tabloid newspapers. The words "Congratulations on your destruction" (horoboshite omedeto gozaimasu) repeat and overlap, creating recurring, almost hypnotic cadences that parody the congratulatory message a young mother hears repeatedly upon becoming pregnant or giving birth.