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Wet Apples, White Blood

McGill-Queen's University Press

By Naomi Guttman
Posted March 23, 2007
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Naomi Guttman's new poetry collection was inspired by the role of nursing in human evolution and culture. The first cycle of poems, "Wet Apples, White Blood," offers lyric glimpses into archetypes of breastfeeding women in history and myth. The dramatic action in the second cycle, "Galactopoesis," centers around the experience of a mother whose young child is hospitalized.


According to the pubisher's Web site:
"Galactopoesis is the medical term for the continued secretion and production of milk. It derives from the Greek radicals for 'milk' (galacto) and 'making' (poesis), which is also 'poetry.' In Wet Apples, White Blood, nursing, as a constant creative act dependent on the baby’s demand, is a trope for the creative process and for questions of biology, psychology, and spirituality."

Guttman is also the author of Reasons for Winter, which received the A.M. Klein Award for Poetry and was shortlisted for The League of Canadian Poets' Pat Lowther Memorial Award.


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