Wemeldinge30 November 1919 – Amsterdam13 August 1992
Jan Elburg was one of the poets in the ‘dichterskooi’ (‘poets cage’ or ‘poet’s cage’) at the (in)famous Cobra exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum in 1949. That he did so does seem pretty logical, but when you think about it, it is also quite remarkable. Elburg is best known as a poet, and when his poetry is discussed, his connection to the Vijftigers (‘those of the fifties’) always comes up quickly. This group of Dutch-speaking, experimental poets maintained close ties with Cobra.