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2. RELATIONSHIPS WITH BOB COBBING & WRITERS FORUM

Meeting Bob Cobbing at the Poetry Society’s Conference on Contemporary Poetry, University of York, September 1969, was key to my further poetic development. Bob is internationally recognized as the hub of UK explorations in poetry from the 1960s till his death in 2002. He attracted an international circle of like-minded enthusiasts for new forms of expression and through his Little Press, Writers Forum, published himself and an extraordinary range of talents.
He was indefatigable producing over 1,000 booklets: the British Library has a considerable holding; but so prolific was he that I don’t think anywhere has everything. My Archive has much of his earlier work because during the 1970s when we met regularly to rehearse he gave me his latest  poems to try out with him, literally hot from the press as I watched his mimeograph machine spew out his creations.  We presented his work and mine for over 25 years, sometimes as the group Konkrete Canticle he instigated in 1971 to record sound poetry for the Arts Council record (CLICK HERE to hear pieces) which accompanied their seminal international exhibition ?concrete poetry at which we performed. This opened at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, 1970 [Photo 2] , then on to the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool (1971) and the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford (1972). He published poems of mine spanning 1970 to 1992 [See My Poetry 1/2] but only 3 booklets appear in the British Library database on Writers Forum.  My definitive chapter on Konkrete Canticle appears in The Salt Companion to Bill Griffiths, Salt Publications, 2007.
 
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