Bob Cobbing (Enfield Town, UK, 1920 – London, UK, 2002)
Bob Cobbing was a sound, visual, concrete and performance poet who was a central figure in the British Poetry Revival. He is known for his work as publisher of “Writers Forum”. In the 1960s he managed the independent bookstore “Better Books”, home to many literary and artistic happenings in London’s underground literary scene. From 1963 to 2002 he published hundreds of pamphlets and books of Experimental Poetry. Cobbing’s work drew on elements of Concrete and Sound Poetry; he foregrounded language as material, as sign or mark, while developing sound as an element of non-semantic meaning.