Wet Apples, White Blood

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This archetypal image of a breastfeeding mother and child captures the raw intimacy of motherhood. In Wet Apples, White Blood, Naomi Guttman offers glimpses into the ambivalences and pleasures of breastfeeding mothers and wet nurses, historical and mythological. Galactopoesis, the book's third section, focuses on the spiritual crisis of a mother whose breastfeeding child is hospitalized. Guttman's poems, beautifully spare, resonant, and unsentimental, illuminate the complex bonds between mother and child. Wet Apples, White Blood allows us to experience nursing as a creative act and witness how it becomes a driving force in the creative process.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780773532458
  • Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2007
  • Series: Hugh MacLennan Poetry Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 88
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Naomi Guttman is 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. She teaches English and creative writing at Hamilton College in central New
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Table of Contents

Prayer     3
Because thrift is not always a virtue     7
Daylight Savings     8
Spring     9
Equinox     10
Black Forest     11
Lot's Wife     12
Two Rivers, Montreal, 1669     13
Accident at Windsor Station, Montreal, Saint Patrick's Day, 1909     14
Virtuoso     15
X     16
Summer Sublet     17
For Rent     19
Shadow     21
Why we have lived so luckily     23
Dream Pockets     24
Sleeping Figures     25
Wet Apples, White Blood: A Cycle
Mary's Milk     29
Mrs. A's Vegetable Stand     30
Milk Muse     31
Mother Platypus     32
Instructions for the Child in the Womb     33
Inkling     34
At the Tomb of King Tut's Wet Nurse     35
Angel Maker     36
Medea     37
On the Difference Between Boys and Girls     38
Hera     39
Galactopoesis: A Cycle
Wind     43
Urgent Care     45
Breather     47
Ultrasounds     48
Incident Room     51
Ward     49
Real Living     55
The Mend     57
Autumn Song     59
Gestures of Living     63
Naming the Children     65
The Whelping     66
Katie Flower     67
Penguins at the Ecodome     69
Foreign Exchange     72
Day and Night     71
Girl in the Butterfly House     70
Amber Song     73
Goose Bay, Prince Edward Island     74
The Grass     77
Notes     79
Acknowledgments     89
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