What is your latest release and what genre is it? Standard Candles – poetry
Quick description: A “standard candle” is a tool we use to measure distance, and this is a book about the distances we try to come to terms with – to the stars, to other people, to society. It’s inspired by what scientists are discovering about the birth and unfolding of the universe, but also by the cosmologies that poets have engaged with throughout literary history. This book of poetry is published as part of University of Alberta Press’s Robert Kroetsch Series.
Alice Major has published nine previous collections of poetry, as well as a book of essays, Intersecting Sets: A poet looks at science. She has won many awards, including the Pat Lowther and the Stephan G. Stephanson awards for poetry, the Wilfrid Eggleston award for non-fiction and a National Magazine Award gold medal.
Links to buy Alice’s book:
Standard Candles is available through the University of Alberta Press website
What are you working on now?
I’m always working on poems, hoping they’ll pile up into something that holds together as a manuscript. I’m also working on more essays. One of them – “Under the Wide and Starry Sky” – appears in the current issue of The New Quarterly.
Alice’s reading recommendation:
Outside the Box: The Life and Legacy of Writer Mona Gould is a fascinating story of the woman who wrote “This was my brother at Dieppe,” the poem recited in so many Canadian Remembrance Day ceremonies. The biography is by her granddaughter Maria Meindl, who inherited 38 boxes of disorganized paper after Mona’s death. In telling the story of sorting this bewildering archive, Meindl explores her own complicated relationship with this exasperating, wildly talented grandmother who forged an unusual career-woman’s path as a freelance writer in the decades after World War Two.