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In 1901, poet Akiko Yosano’s “Midaregami” (“Tangled Hair”) was published. This collection of 399 sensual, explicit tanka and haiku poems broke with the formal traditions set down centuries before. Her book allowed Japanese verse to transition from feminine to feminist.

Yosano’s seditious mention of “breasts” scandalized elements of Meiji Era (1868-1912) society, but even Yosano might have been shocked by some of the content of “A Long Rainy Season.” Published in 1994, this collection of translated poems by 15 Japanese women includes a candid description of menstruation by Amari Hayashi.

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