British Poetry in Performance, 1960-2008
Friday, June 5, 2009
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Bob Cobbing C.D Available to Buy
Bob Cobbing (1920 - 2002) was a crucial figure in the British avant-garde poetry and publishing scenes of the latter half of the twentieth century. The primary focus of his energies was performance sound poetry, a pan-continental phenomenon whose practitioners dispensed with conventional poetic language and syntax almost entirely. For Cobbing, a graphic pattern was as fitting a score for performance as a text. The recordings in this collection are drawn mainly from private tapes now in the care of the British Library and include Cobbing's first commercially issued sound work ‘26 Sound Poems' plus collaborations with Annea Lockwood, Henri Chopin, François Dufrêne and others.The C.D is available to buy from the British Library shop and is a good introduction to the early sound work of this interesting poet. Some of the visual scores for the poems are viewable in the British Library reading rooms. To see the relationship between the visual page and the performed sound should be part of the Cobbing experience.
Friday, May 22, 2009
New Blog - Statement Of Intent