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Lloyd Hofman

 

 

Born in 1952 in the Netherlands, I came of age in the colourful sixties, helping to establish branches of Amsterdam’s cultural centre Paradiso; partaking in poetry readings and concerts, and presenting art movie shows. After two years of travel to and from Thailand (‘78-‘80) I gave priority to writing and photography. In 1986 I printed a book of Dutch poems, called ‘Kadine’. Two years later I left Holland, and my job as cultural reviewer, to go to Auroville and fully engage in poetry; and Taoist studies, as it turned out. For sixteen years I lived in small cabins as a forest watchman; later also managing the Auroville library and editing. The first six years I read only poetry, coming to love: Juan Ramon Jimenez, Janet Lewis, Pablo Neruda and Jeremy Reed. In 1992 I published ‘But for the Breeze’ (Shanta Books), a collection of poems on living in nature, by candle light. I made an illustration that I placed over a poem by Kikaku Enomoto, about withdrawal and isolation as I came to know them:  

I kept writing poetry and essays on my studies in the “I Ching”, which are also poetic in nature. In 2002 I moved from the forest to the residential community of Creativity. From there I published “Between Seasons”, spanning twenty years of writing, in over a hundred poems. It contains work from the Shanta book and writings up to around 2004; combining nature poems with later ones on love, partnership and ageing.

As a photographer I have had two photo exhibitions in 1978/80 (b/whites & collages), followed eight years later by one of hand-printed colour fashion photos, in Amsterdam and three other major cities.

Meanwhile I was a staff reviewer of books, poetry (readings) and jazz/funk concerts. Having taken up photography again, I edit as well as design books of poetry and other writings.  

This is to inform the community that Lloyd quietly departed on 15th May 2010, at 4.15 pm at the Health Centre, at the age of 58.

Many of us will remember him from the Auroville library, and perhaps read some of his poems, collected in two books. He loved literature. Among other things he worked as an editor since he moved to Creativity in 2004, and in 2007 he compiled an extensive anthology of poems by devotees of Sri Aurobindo.

Unfortunately he was diagnosed with cancer at the beginning of this year, which he faced courageously and with acceptance when it became clear that it was terminal. His body was cremated on 20 April, at the Adventure burial grounds.

 

 

 

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