“I sometimes think of Claire Bateman as an informant from another world. Her poems take me places I have never been—they let me see the everyday as transcendent. After reading Scape, I was filled with a sense of wonder and awe. Clearly, there’s nothing like the Claire Bateman experience. She is nothing short of brilliant.”
“Claire Bateman is irredeemably in love with the zaniness of imagination, as it simultaneously appreciates and creates a universe supercharged with extravagance of spirit. The drama for her reader is in seeing how Bateman’s whimsy vaults us into a thrilled and deepened sense of life’s lucky strangeness. Mischievously metaphysical, alarmingly happy despite her knowledge of ‘grief, the universal solvent,’ Bateman is our great celebrator of ‘rocking and being rocked’—a unique talent.”
Praise for THE BICYCLE SLOW RACE:
“Claire Bateman is a poet who savors the real world as well as the world we sense moving under it. She writes with clarity and power, and in these poems accomplishes what only the best poets can attempt. Poem after poem, with grace and imagination, she asks the right questions, identifies and explores the everyday mysteries that most of us don’t even notice.”
Claire Bateman has been awarded Individual Artist Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Tennessee Arts Commission, and the Surdna Foundation, as well as two Pushcart Prizes, and has taught at Clemson University and various workshops and conferences. She lives in Greenville, SC, teaches at the Fine Arts Center, and serves as an Advisory Editor for Orison Books.