Cougars vs Moshpits: The Christine Lowther Interview

In early December I took the SeaBus from foggy Vancouver across the Georgia Straight to the north shore to speak to Christine Lowther about her new book of poetry, My Nature, published by Leaf Press.

I also hoped to ask her how she feels about the recent publication of The Collected Works of Pat Lowther. NeWest Press, out of Edmonton, just released the first complete edition of her mother’s work in the fall of 2010.

We talk a lot about seeming opposites, competing forces, nature vs urban, poetry and biography, punk rock and the on-going need to make trouble.

With these things in mind it seemed appropriate to include some audio of Christine’s mother in this broadcast.

The conversation between Chris and myself runs at around 22 minutes. The final seven minutes feature an old recording of Pat Lowther reading at the University of Regina in 1972 with someone named Margaret Atwood.

It’s magical to hear the two voices, mother and daughter, poets both, speaking then and now.

Click here to listen to our conversation.

For half the year, Christine Lowther lives on a floathouse in Clayoquot Sound. The other half, she lives on pavement or moves about, restless. Her poems come from the edges of polite society, of the ocean storm, where unexpected things happen, where changes occur; with a foot planted on each side she has become a keen observer, a wise voice.

Sean Cranbury is the Executive Editor of Books on the Radio. He's also Founder and Creative Director of the Real Vancouver Writers' Series. Sean is General Manager at the legendary Storm Crow Tavern and consults with literary arts organizations on digital communications strategies.

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