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Malcolm Lowry

Malcolm Lowry

Haywood Bandstand, 1755 Beach Ave.

  • Author: Britt S. Baker
  • Date Posted: Dec 15, 2014
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  • Address: Plaque is on lamppost near north side of intersection of Beach Ave. and Burnaby St.

Malcolm Lowry

Photo credit: Special Collections, UBC Library


Location: Plaque is on lamppost near north side of intersection of Beach Ave. and Burnaby St.

Malcolm Lowry was an alcoholic novelist whose relationship to Vancouver – and much else – was uncertain, though there is no doubt that he did his best work here. In Under the Volcano, arguably the most famous novel ever written in British Columbia, he offhandedly refers to Vancouver as a place “where they eat sausage meals from which you expect the Union Jack to appear at any minute.”

They are taking down the beautiful houses once built with

[loving hands

But still the old bandstand stands where no band stands With clawbars they have gone to work on the poor lovely

[houses above the sands

At their callous work of eviction that no human law

[countermands

From Lament in the Pacific Northwest
During his fourteen years in the Lower Mainland, mainly in North Vancouver, Malcolm Lowry briefly resided at three West End locations giving rise to his poem, “Lament in the Pacific Northwest”, about the Haywood Bandstand, at English Bay, which was built in 1914 and restored in 1988.

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During his fourteen years in the Lower Mainland, mainly in North Vancouver, Malcolm Lowry briefly resided at three West End locations giving rise to his poem, Lament in the Pacific Northwest, about the Haywood Bandstand, at English Bay, which was built in 1914 and restored in 1988.

They are taking down the beautiful houses once built with

[loving hands

But still the old bandstand stands where no band stands With clawbars they have gone to work on the poor lovely

[houses above the sands

At their callous work of eviction that no human law

[countermands

From Lament in the Pacific Northwest

 

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