Pat Lowther

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Pat Lowther
BornPatricia Louise Tinmuth
July 29, 1935
Vancouver, British Columbia
Died (aged 40)
Notable worksThis Difficult Flowering, Milk Stone, A Stone Diary
SpouseRoy Lowther

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.[1]


When she was ten years old, her first published poem appeared in The Vancouver Sun.[2]

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.

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 September 1975, Lowther was reported missing after failing to arrive for a scheduled poetry reading at Vancouver's Ironworkers Hall.[3] 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 in 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.[4]


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 In 1980, a collection of Lowther's early and unpublished poems, Final Instructions, was also published.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.[5]

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).

See also[edit]



  • 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.CS1 maint: uses editors parameter (link)
  • Time Capsule. Polestar Book Publishers. 1997. ISBN 978-1-896095-25-7.

Critical studies[edit]


  1. ^ "Pat Lowther Memorial Award – League of Canadian Poets". Retrieved 2017-12-23.
  2. ^ "The Brutal Murder of Pat Lowther - Spacing Vancouver". Spacing Vancouver. 2013-04-24. Retrieved 2017-12-23.
  3. ^ "Review: The Collected Poems of Pat Lowther, edited by Christine Wiesenthal". The Globe and Mail, June 11, 2010.
  4. ^ "Canadian Poetry Online | University of Toronto Libraries | Pat Lowther". Retrieved 2017-12-23.
  5. ^ "Pat Lowther". The Canadian Encyclopedia, Betty Nygaard King, Mary Willan Mason, 02/07/2006

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