The Collected Works of Pat Lowther brings together, for the first time, the complete contents of the poetry editions published by Pat Lowther. All currently out-of-print, these works are supplemented by never-before-collected and unpublished works, including the fifteen poems in "Time Capsule," the manuscript Lowther was working on at the time of her death in 1975. One of most distinctive and ambitious voices of her generation, Pat Lowther has inspired critical discussion and cultural debates that have so far taken place in the absence of any fully reliable edition of her accomplished body of work. The Collected Works of Pat Lowther is the first posthumous edition that is attentive to chronology, allowing readers to gain a sharper sense of Lowther's poetic development over time. Augmented by new audio materials available as a podcast, The Collected Works of Pat Lowther provides a valuable resource for the fans of Lowther and the general poetry reader, as well as for universities, colleges, and high schools.
About the authors
Christine Wiesenthal is the critically acclaimed author of The Half-Lives of Pat Lowther, a biography shortlisted for the 2006 Governor General’s Literary Award for Nonfiction. She has published numerous works of nonfiction and poetry, including Instruments of Surrender, a collection shortlisted for the Stephan G. Stephannson and the Gerald Lampert awards in 2001 and 2002. She currently lives in Edmonton.
Pat Lowther was born in North Vancouver in 1935. In addition to four children, she produced three volumes of poetry, the last of which, A Stone Diary, was published posthumously in 1977. Her other works included The Age of the Bird, an unbound broadsheet folio, and Infinite Mirror Trip: A Multimedia Experience of the Universe, an experimental performance piece originally staged in Vancouver’s MacMillan Planetarium. Pat Lowther’s contributions to Canadian literature and culture extended to her service as a dedicated arts administrator and a social activist.