Martinus Hendrikus Don Hogervorst-Benders is a Dutch Warriorsage and poet, occultist, templar, and Supreme Sage of the Hermetic Order of Sages and Tryptomines.
At the age of 17 he managed to evoke a Nagual after reading about the Toltec system of initiation.
He was initiated into Ordo Templi Orientis when he was 18, to the degree of Magician when he was 22 years old. Initially he had a dream that where his future self appeared in front of him telling him the Crowley system ‘was okay’. He left the Crowley system because he has problems with the idea that thelema would be a religion, or Aleister Crowley a prophet. In his vision religions are part of the roman machine mind and part of the old pyramid structures that do not harmonize with the new realities.
In the Sage system all ‘systematic drugs’ are abandoned by the sages. These are alcohol, nicotine, coffee, psychiatric medications, anti-depressives, all other drugs except for the holy substances: tryptamines and Lysergides.
Benders focussed on becoming a Sage Warrior, modelled after the old Celtic Ollamh, where poetry was a prominent way of life instead of the modern roman falsification of the ‘Bard’ which is basically just an entertainer of crowds. In HOST such sages are called OLFS.
He has been practising the Toltec way and various other systems of initiation, combining them into a new path, the Sage system, creating an alternative for the otherwise rather lineair and bland pagan divisions. The Hermetic Order of Sages and Tryptomines
Benders published his first poetry book titled ‘Karavanserai’ in 2008, with Nieuw Amsterdam publishers. He got nominated for the prestigious Buddingh prize for the book, but staged a Laibach-esque performance on the awards, where Bart van der Pligt read an Anti-Price poem and Samuel Vriezen wearing a fake moustache yelled the prize had to be taken seriously from within the audience. Benders sang ‘Lezen is Lezen’ (‘Reading is reading’) from a dark corner, to the tune of the known ‘Life is Life’ song of the Austrian band Opus.
In 2011 Benders sabotaged the National Turing Poetry contest by simultaneously sending in poems that ended in the top 100, sending in a song about Jury Member Gerrit Komrij Kom nou Mr Komrij based on Frankly Mr Shankly of the Smiths) and making an alternate character named ‘Bert’ that severely criticized the quality of the top 100. Ramsey Nasr, the National Poet, gave a raving speech against ‘Bert’ at the nominations Gala day, not knowing it was Benders, and claimed Bert was just jealous for not making it into the Top 100.
After this successful action Benders vowed to stop this particular artform. He left his publisher and self-published a second volume of poetry named ‘Wat koop ik voor jouw donkerwilde machten, Willem’ (‘What do I buy for your darkwilde powers, William’) with 91 poems, which got raving reviews on major poetry sites but was ignored by the poetry magazine establishment.In February 2013 Benders, as a situationist artwork, put a Bill Knott poem into the Turing National Poetry contest. Benders was present with 2 poems in the Top 20, but sent the Sesame Street character ‘Bert’ to collect the nomination. The jury took several ressentimental jibes at Bert, which he recorded and remixed into a video named ’36 Euro’.
Much of Benders’ work combines not only literary styles, such as lyrical, conceptual, satirical, and absurdist influences; his work also moves across genres, media and modes. Some examples are: his Laibach-inspired performance at a poetry award including an Anti-Prize poem and choreographed chants from within the audience, and a fake moustache; several submissions to poetry contests intended as playful self-referential critique of poetry institutions and contests as such; Wôld, Wôld, Wôld! (2013) a personalized poetry book, including dedications and assignments to the reader, poems in Dutch and English, concrete poems, images. Stubbing Out a Cigarette on a Nightingale will be Benders’ first English language poetry collection. In 2014, Dutch publisher van Gennep has republished some of Benders’ works that had only been available as self-published prints.
Benders published five books with van Gennep but in 2019 after a discussion with Ruud Poppelaars and Monique van der Kubbe he decided to get involved in the new publishing house De Kaneelfabriek, a name loosely based on a novel by Bruno Schulz. He has since published Baah Baaah Krakschaap/ De P van Winterslaap there, a counterprinted experimental volume of poetry that managed to sell out two prints, unique for such experimental poetry.
In 2020 Benders has founded The Hermetic Order of Sages and Tryptomines and wrote a book that revived the ancient language in modern Dutch, Ginneninne.
Books published by Martijn Benders include: