Looking back at my ‘career’ as a poet I see that I was trying stuff wayyyy difficult even at the start of it. In my debute I wrote a serie about the numbers from 0 to 12 called ‘Stigma’ based solely on the philosophy their shape evokes. That was a pain in the ass concept, and maybe it was the least succesful part of the book, even though Leo Vroman cited ’11’ as his favorite poem and some other poets really loved ‘0’. These are 6 , 7, 8, 9, 10:


The stately avenue of the alphabet has six vowels.
Houses are right-side up on it.
Angels there cannot count
on the calligraphy of a smile
of an encumbered man.

In the dead straight love
for measurability, six is precisely
the impudent happiness of your absence.



The erratic hitchhiker
along the summed-up road.
He is the last drifter, false
beginning of the rooted draw
of the eye, at the end of
his long neck: birds.



of the unholy.

He yawns on the paper
as we draw him, feints
torment the monotonous needle
of our memory.

Ungainly slalom
between black dens,
swinging on the cross
of the pre-bowed.



All day in pyjamas gently shaking no
with its water head. Whoever calculates
him first never dies. Stripped
of the bobbing of his dreams
his eyes will peak too soon.

We who live on cosmic waste,
(Number comets! Waste peaks…)
will slowly wear out, until
we also bob as planets
on a thin string of dreams.



Ten is the sum patron.
spinning like all worlds: at the feet
of schoolish perfection.

Ten is who is not gone
is seen: God, mother
of all advertising space.


Martijn Benders – All poems are from ‘Karavanserai’ and will soon be available
as part of the collection ‘Tract of the Sun’.

It’s clear why the so-called ‘religious’ Jesus friends would dislike me: calling God the mother of all advertising space is not something they would consider poetry. In the Netherlands christianity has seen a sharp decline everywhere except…in literature. There it seems quite the opposite of society: a huge portion is christian, certainly a huge portion of price-winners and the christian universities that flaunt them make me nauseus since I do not believe science should have a religious base at all. And neither should literature. To people calling this a ‘provocation’, no man it is not, I did not ask for ayatollahs ruling over poetry, did I? I want to be able to write down my thoughts without the idea that I cant upset some guys dressing up in fake dreams of power.

Over mij

Martijn Benders has published twenty-six books, eighteen of which are in Dutch. Critics such as Komrij and Gerbrandy have hailed him as one of the greatest talents of his time. He has also written three philosophical works, one of which is in English and focuses on the Amanita Muscaria, the Fly Agaric. Publishing on the international platform of The Philosophical Salon, he has also gained international recognition as one of the most remarkable thinkers from the Netherlands.


There exists a considerable group of leftist individuals who vigorously opposed the prevailing coronavirus narrative, including some of the world’s leading philosophers, such as Agamben and Kacem. However, this stance was heavily censored and vilified by what is referred to as ‘neocon-left’ or ‘woke-left’, as something associated solely with what they deem ‘far-right’. In my book, I discuss the reasons behind these actions, the underlying motives, and how this is emblematic of a new form of fascism aimed at seizing power permanently.

The middle section of the book is dedicated to poetry. It features a beautiful selection of poems from the Mediterranean region, by poets from Turkey and Greece, who have been imprisoned and tortured by the regime.

The final part of my book is a manifesto against literary nihilism, as manifested in the Literature Fund. It reveals how this fund is dominated by a group of Christians and ‘wokies’, which is undesirable in a free society.

Amanita Muscaria – The Book of the Empress is an exceptional work that sets a new benchmark in the realm of mycophilosophy. While one might be tempted to classify the book within the domain of Art History, such a categorization would fail to capture its true essence. Primarily, this captivating text delves into the evolution of humankind, making it a standout in its field.

Amanita Muscaria – The Book of the Empress – De Kaneelfabriek, 2023

You don’t have time to read this, but that’s because you are no longer human. If anything remained of the original person within you, the old mycelia of childhood, you would learn a great deal from this book. In fact, its magical knowledge might become your most valuable possession. This is a book about human imagination and how it fell into the iron grip of transdimensional cockroaches. Additionally, it offers magical tips to significantly improve your life and time acceleration. M.H.H. Benders also takes a light-hearted yet scathing look at the entirety of Dutch literature. What more could you want?