Pat Lowther

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Pat Lowther
Born Patricia Louise Tinmuth
July 29, 1935
Vancouver, British Columbia
Died (aged 40)
Occupation Poet
Nationality Canadian
Period 1960s-1970s
Notable works This Difficult Flowering, Milk Stone, A Stone Diary
Spouse Roy Lowther
Children 4

Patricia Louise Lowther (née Tinmuth) (July 29, 1935 – September 24?, 1975) was a Canadian poet. Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, she grew up in the neighboring city of North Vancouver.


When she was ten years old, her first published poem appeared in The Vancouver Sun.

It wasn't until 1968 that she published her first collection, This Difficult Flowering, with Very Stone House, a small Canadian poetry press. In 1972, "The Age of the Bird", a long poem inspired by revolutionary politics in South America, was published as a broadside by Blackfish Press. Its companion poem, "Regard to Neruda", was written for Pablo Neruda, one of Lowther's political and literary inspirations.

She was co-chair of the League of Canadian Poets, and the BC Arts Council. She taught at the University of British Columbia.[1]

Milk Stone, published in 1974 by Borealis Press, became Lowther's breakthrough into Canadian mainstream literature. A Stone Diary was submitted to Oxford University Press in 1975. In late September of that year, Lowther disappeared. Three weeks later, her body was found in a creek near Squamish, British Columbia. Her second husband Roy Lowther, whom she had married in 1963, was convicted of the murder in June 1977. He died in Matsqui prison, Abbotsford, British Columbia, on July 14, 1985.

Her daughters are the poet Christine Lowther, Beth Lowther, and Kathy Lyons (d. 2015). Her son is Alan Domphousse.[2]


Two years after the poet's murder, Oxford published A Stone Diary. In 1980, a collection of Lowther's early and unpublished poems, Final Instructions, was also published. Also that year, the League of Canadian Poets established the Pat Lowther Award, a prize awarded annually to a book of poetry by a Canadian woman.

A manuscript was discovered in 1996 and published under the title Time Capsule.[3]

Lowther's life and death have served to inspire a number of works, including her daughter Christine Lowther's first poetry collection, New Power (1999), and the novels Swann: A Mystery (1987) by Carol Shields and Furry Creek by Keith Harrison (1999).



  • This Difficult Flowering, Very Stone House, 1968
  • The Age of the Bird - 1972
  • Milk Stone, Borealis Press, 1974
  • A Stone Diary, Oxford University Press, 1977
  • Dona Sturmanis, Frederick H. Candelaria, eds. (1980). Final Instructions. Orca Sound. ISBN 978-0-920616-04-8. 
  • Time Capsule. Polestar Book Publishers. 1997. ISBN 978-1-896095-25-7. 

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