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Hiromi Itōemerged in the 1980s as the leading voice of Japanese women’s poetry with a series of sensational works that depicted women’s psychology, sexuality, and motherhood. In the late 1990s, she relocated to southern California, and since then has written award-winning books about migrancy, relocation, identity, linguistic alienation, aging, and death. A selection of her early work appears in Killing Kanoko: Selected Poems of Hiromi Itō, translated by Jeffrey Angles(Action Books, 2009). Angles has also translated her book-length narrative poem Wild Grass on the Riverbank (Action Books, 2014).