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Wim Lofvers (1930-2007) was a physician.
He was a naval doctor in the former Dutch
New Guinea (now West Papua), and worked as
a general practioner in Norway and in the
Netherlands province of Frisia. His interest
in things spritual is rooted in anthroposophy,
Buddhism and Zen-Buddhism. All of these determined
his attitude towards haiku, which he was
interested in as early as 1956.
In 1981, Wim created his own private press, 't Hoge Woord, which
he started with the intention of publishing haiku. Since his
retirement in 1993 he has spent most of his time there, doing
just that. His interest lies mainly with micro-editions, among
others, the 'Radish' series, in which haiku poets can present
25 - 28 of their haiku in a pocket-sized book. Another production
is the annual 'Spreeuwenagenda' (Starling Haiku Diary) with seven
editions so far. With a few intimate friends, he founded the
biannual international haiku journal 'Woodpecker - Journal
for sharing haiku' (since 1995) publishing haiku by poets
from all over the world, in native languages as well as English,
thus supporting and spreading the development of world haiku.
Wim was president of the Haiku Kring Nederland (Haiku Circle
Netherlands) from 1996 to 2000. He has published haiku in national
and international journals and publications as well as in individual
chapbooks. Haiku to him is a path to personal development and
he regards his own achievements as only the beginning.