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Time Travels Light


Published 1992 by Rowan Books., Edmonton

ISBN 1-895836-01-8

About this book

This is Alice Major’s first collection of poetry, published by Rowan Books as one of the first titles under The Books Collective — an innovative attempt in the early 1990s to provide a way for a group of small presses in Edmonton, Alberta with shared resources in areas such as marketing and distributing books.

The cover of Time Travels Light is illustrated with “Big Bang Tennis” by Colleen Philippi. The collection’s five sections set out main themes that she has developed the poet ever since: science as a source of metaphor, the human relationships of family, and a wry sense of humour.

Experience a poem

Time Travel is a One-Way Street

Text Poem – Transformations II

Text Poem – puce fairy book

Text Poem – Transits of Venus

Text Poem – Words selected and imposed on time


In Time Travels Light, Major explores the nature of time and memory, and examines the various transformations that occur in the lives of individuals and families with humour, feeling and depth. Her images are precise and memorable.

– Calgary Herald, 1993

With deceptive simplicity, Major aligns herself with the elements. She manages to call up electromagnetism, Fibonacci numbers, relativity and entangle them in our day to day world, recasting much of ordinary experience at a mythological level.

– Poetry Canada, Vol. 14, No.1 

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Time Travels Light is out of print, but copies are available on Abebooks and a few are available by contacting the author directly.

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