Unsafe poetry

Cross-border poetry, is that still allowed these days? Because in this collection by Benders, literally no less than sixteen borders are crossed without any respect for the colour codes: blood red, bright yellow, and stony orange, he crosses them all, without a QR code, without respect for the rules. No, that’s really not acceptable, your…

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The third pilgrimage – Can Yücel

After the pilgrimage to Szymborska’s stone and to my daughter, the third pilgrimage was to the house of the great Turkish poet Can Yücel. After saying goodbye to my daughter, I got the idea to visit Yücel’s second house in this life – I had already visited the first one in Kuzguncuk Istanbul, because by…

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Let us believe in the expert

Let us believe in the expert We had to leave everything to him. Pablo Neruda.I would have liked so much to read the collected works ofManoel de Barros, but alas. Thousands of different translationsof the expert, on whom we can rely, but none of Manoel,who was staring too much at the beetles in his garden.…

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Superstition

My daughter Mavi is now 14. I thought it was of the utmost importance to show her that father does not surrender to dystopian lethargy but manages to cross a lot of country borders to be able to reach her – of necessity, of course, because apparently governments have the right to prevent you from…

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A wonderful game

I have travelled through sixteen countries in corona time and the Netherlands is really the only one where they put those dull, pedantic and childish signs along the road, signs like ‘Corona, we can solve that together’. No, seriously, there was no sign of corona anywhere along the roads. And although I don’t watch television,…

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Reve, Hermans, Mulisch

An article about the ‘Grand Three’ in Dutch Literature Visiting my daughter, Mavi. She is at the edge of 14 and loves Japanese anime, it is one of her great passions. She also draws, so I bought her an iPad with a drawing pen, because even though Veer is teaching her to draw by hand,…

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A virus as a living entity

What exactly is a virus? According to conventional science, it is a piece of code flying around that is out to conquer and survive creatures. But why would reality be full of such ‘pieces of code’, science has no clue. The most important shift you make as a Sage is that you learn to experience…

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‘It’s not about you’

Wherein Martina Benders replies to a lamewoke accusation with a superwoke antiphon: The most typical reaction to my piece yesterday came from Duchessa Sangiovanna: ‘It’s not about you’, she commented as a cut and paste on my article, which probably went unread. It’s not about you, more an outcry than an observation. What is that…

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Why I stopped sending my books to review sites

A few years ago, I wrote on my critique page that I would stop collecting critiques after Nachtefteling. Why? Well, because in my experience it is dystopian to have to score good reviews forever without this being reflected in the autoritairian structure. That in itself is fascist: the writer who has to prove himself forever,…

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Marieke Rijneveld is now Marijn Rijneveld

I’m happy to address Marieke Rijneveld as a he, but it would at least help if it were Maarten or even Marijn Rijneveld. I don’t need to see a dick; just like the generation to which she belongs, I am easily satisfied. In the old days, you had to have a change of actual gender,…

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