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Claire Scott



Claire Scott is an award winning poet who has published innumerous literary magazines. She has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize (2014 and 2015). She was also a semi-finalist for both the 2104 Pangaea Prize and the 2014 Atlantis Award. Claire is a winner of the Arizona State Poetry Society 2013 Annual Poetry Contest. She is a Marriage and Family Therapist with a private practice in Berkeley, California. Claire lives with her husband in Oakland, California.


Waiting to be Called



by Claire Scott


6 x 9  inches; 80 pages


ISBN 978-0-9859773-5-1






Claire Scott's great accomplishment is in knowing how to make poetry out of every part of her life.  She's patient enough to hold opposites to the breaking point, and then to keep going toward that frontier where real poetry takes place. Each poem in "Waiting to be Called" lives in a world where nothing's sacred and yet everything's sacred. Just when you think she's taking you to a place too dark to enter, Claire makes you laugh. And when you think a poem's too funny to be a poem, Claire can make you cry. Scott's a poet who knows all the dance steps, but is never confined by any one of them, able to tease her own unique electricity out of ordinary human experience where grief and despair, joy and happiness, tragedy and comedy co-exist, where every word comes to new life and means something that it's never meant before.


“A brilliant, eccentric, unique voice with a range that encompasses childhood violence and a God who comes to therapy. Claire Scott’s lean, beautifully crafted language dares to be cynical about the world but is never without a deep compassion. These are poems that will be read over and over again as a seismograph of our time.”

Kim Chernin, Author, In My Mother’s House, The Hungry Self

“Just a note to let you know how much I love your poems, and appreciate your work. That you highlight and embrace “the messiness of life in all its heavenly madness,” is indeed challenging—yet, helps us live a little closer to the truth.”

Linda Van Leuven, Co-Editor, TRIVIA: Voices of Feminism

“Claire Scott’s poems are very well made. Familiar with the mad, yet stated so sanely.”

Richard Stansberger, Poetry Editor, Red Savina Review