Paula Claire

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Paula Claire (b. 1939, Northampton, England) was an English sound, visual, and concrete poet. Claire was associated with the British Poetry Revival movement in the 1970s, and worked closely with Bob Cobbing, founder of Writers Forum. Together with Cobbing, she was a member of Konkrete Canticle, a sound poetry collective that performed works for multiple voices and instruments. She is founder and curator of the Paula Claire Archive: fromWORDtoART - International Poet-Artists, a collected body of work by fellow poet-artists. Claire also was a long-term friend and collaborator of Italian sound and visual poet Mirella Bentivoglio (1922-2017), who worked to expand the recognition of women in the international visual poetry movement.


Selected poetry publications with Writers Forum
  • Soundsword, with Bob Cobbing (Writers Forum, 1972)
  • Mandala 3: Magma (Writers Forum, 1973)
  • Stone Tones (Writers Forum, 1974)
  • Hydra (Writers Forum, 1976?)
  • Sign if I can C es (Writers Forum, 1976)
  • Codesigns (Writers Forum, 1976)
  • Antibody quipu (Writers Forum, 1976)
  • Seveso (Writers Forum, 1977)
  • EIED? (Writers Forum, 1978)
  • NiagarC (Writers Forum, 1978?)
  • Gingle (Writers Forum, 1978)
  • Codestones of Venice (Writers Forum, 1978)
  • Silverbirchmorse (Writers Forum, 1979)
  • The great organ : a found poem/performance text for Bob Cobbing on his 60th birthday, 30 July 1980 (Writers Forum, 1982)
  • Leonardo's lists : found poems (Writers Forum, 1985)

Poetry Collections

  • DECLARATIONS: Poems 1961-91, with Eric Mottram (Arts Council Poetry Library, 1991)
  • WORDSWORKWONDERS: 25 Selected Poems 1961-2010 (Paula Claire, 2010)
  • Going for Gold Part Two, Poems 2001-2011 (Paula Claire, 2012)

Sound Recordings[edit]