Standard candles is one of six poetry books to be shortlisted for the Raymond Souster award. This national prie was started in 2013 to honour Raymond Souster, an early founder of the League of Canadian Poets. The award is presented annually for a book of poetry published in the preceding year by a member of the League.
Judges’ comments: “From the personal to the mathematics of the universe, Standard Candles takes on big questions: how we place ourselves in the cosmos and how we measure the markers of a life. Veteran poet Alice Major once again turns all the tools at her disposal, scientific and poetic, to contemplations of our place in the vast scale of things. Major is well known for her exploration of the connections between of science and art, visible in earlier works such as Intersecting Sets: A Poet Looks at Science. In Standard Candles, she brings her poetic eye to bear on these same questions of belonging. At times playful, at others sharply philosophical, this collection showcases the work of a multitalented interdisciplinary poet.”
The complete shortlist includes books by Lorna Crozier, Maureen Hynes, Marilyn Dumont, Bruce Meyer and Armand Garnet Ruffo.