Love grief / Cold / Wrell / On a shoestring

Love grief / Cold / Wrell / On a shoestring

Love grief

My friend said: it will be fine, stay calm.
Study how to make yoghurt.
It will come all by itself after the infection.

Let it rest
in a friendly environment
with pleasant temperature.

My friend is a Turk.
They like to put yoghurt on everything.

I’m Dutch, I believe in plumping.
You have to rock a lot for that.

Turks know it as ‘Ayran’, but it has lower status.
You swim to paradise through the yoghurt lake.
Ayran they drink in hell, among politicians
and sheep intestines.

I tried it,
up to my neck I was in the yoghurt lake,
but I can’t see a gate to heaven
without rattling it vigorously.



I turelur with two jumpers on
but should be wearing fifty like an owl.
The world’s bursting with arrogant cities
who don’t want to know about my cooing
because the night is one big
terrible jumper full of owls.



Now that I am in towed in
by friends who mean well,
from a world that is not mine,
I slide felts across the bar and cock
against the cleavage of death
that refuses the tip of my soul.

Everything is prancing in the wrong direction.
Urinals shake out their dead ass heads
over emptied whistles. Closing time beckons.

You see a diamond lord swaggering
in the battery acid light of a facade.
The fog dense like the wrell.


On a shoestring

It’s christening death with postcards.
The humming of doom
over endless saved stamps
in grandma’s drawer. The golden weights
chasing a heartfelt word,
a lone cocksfoot on a paragraph.

Blacker than death’s monotonous chip fork,
lonelier than bicycle racks in the rain,

they demolish swimming pools again,
neighbourhood pubs lock up,
windows boarded up everywhere,
ticket machines, mudsocks.


All poems from ‘Sauseschritt’, Martijn Benders, 2015

About the author

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. 

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?