Snow / Banishment

Snow / Banishment

Snow

The world is frosted
into paper darkness.

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Banishment

How beautiful was your name
when we no longer knew what to make of it.
You disappeared into the mass of your rebellious body
Like the chiselled, a long lost
weight upon itself, sunlight.

How lithely
light probes itself.

You are the yield of a flower.
The enumerated light of your name.

Martijn Benders – both poems from: What do I buy for your darkwilde powers, Willem, Loewak Publishers, 2011.

The first poem was originally longer, but it didn’t work well in that form. I later shortened it to the shortest poem in my collection that I believe works well in its current form. The second poem was challenging to translate, but I think I was successful in preserving its meaning. Some subtleties were lost, but others were gained. It now appears to be a proper poem in English.

By their shhhroom shall ye know them

M.H.H. Benders is a most recognised poet of his generation, a student of the universal mycelia,  Amanita Sage and mycophilosopher. He wrote sixteen books, the last ones at the Kaneelfabriek (Cinnamon Factory). He is currently working on ‘SHHHHHHROOM a book on mushrooms and the Microdose Bible, which is an activation plan to restore your true identity coming next year. Keep in touch!

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