Claire Bateman's books are The Bicycle Slow Race, Friction, At the Funeral of the Ether, Clumsy, Leap, and Coronology (Etruscan Press, forthcoming). The title poem from Coronology is also an e-chapbook of the same name produced by World Voices. She has won the Louisiana Literature Poetry Prize, the New Millennium Writing Poetry Prize, a Tennessee Arts Commission Literary Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowship, a Robert Frost Fellowship, a Writing Teacher Portfolio Award from Scholastic Arts, and a Pushcart Prize. She lives in Greenville, South Carolina.
Also by Claire Bateman
"I say Claire Bateman is weirder, deeper, weirdeeper, and in that way better than the poets some say are so damned good. Those poets just make me go ‘Huh?’ and ‘Oh, sure,’ whereas Bateman makes me go ‘Sheesh!’ and ‘Holy espresso!"
"To read Claire Bateman’s poetry is to realize that even the brightest among us are often confounded by life. In Leap, we are treated not just to a compelling conspiracy of “things,” like sofas and dresses, but also to meditations that place our worldly concerns in healthy perspective. Though Leap is her fifth book, Claire Bateman is still a secret to too many of us who love good poetry. This is wrong. And I’m telling as many people as I can about her."
"In Claire Bateman’s poems, everything—dumpster couches, "hysterical" keys, “the herringbone braid,”—is enveloped by a startling consciousness too boundary-less to maintain a sane grasp of reality. So the poems create new, fresher ones. What a beautifully nebulous and stinging slap in the face these poems enact, a pantheistic binge. Just where the hell are you taking me, Claire Bateman? Like some kind of ontological roller coaster, these poems are scary as hell, but you can’t help going back for more."
"Bateman lets her imagination roam over the ways in which meaning accrues to things, mapping, as she says in 'Sugar Constellation': 'events & entities/that are larger on the inside than they are on the outside.'”