Poetry / Half-human

Poetry / Half-human


The mouth is a cynical sense
because it has to eat. Other senses
don’t grind it, but the mouth
became breadwinner. Miles of

intestines ending in the lure of lips
with which the mouth recounts
food and words to the cliffs of teeth.

The eye is always on holiday.
The nose only snobbing wind
and coquetry. And the ear, ah,

useless shell that lies yearning
for the sea that is our blood without
any sense of what is bad or good.

In disgust, the mouth
grew a tongue. Life’s work
of the mouth: poetry.

It burps out unfamiliar sounds
to embarrass the ear.

And to the eyes, two spoilt brats
it conjures up inconceivable images.
Even breath is not safe to him.

But soon, how vile,
the other senses invented television
That’s where we are now.

The borepudding of the brain
plots the final battle: chips. Democracy.
Anything to finally be word-off.



A 16-year-old klutz.
I wanted artworks and slats.
But I was far too minimal,
far too minimal sir.

Sixteen-year-old klutz, that’s
the story of my life.

That’s the story of all life.
That is the story.


Of course any Smiths fan recognises the last poem, even if her borepudding is chipsing democracy. The demise of the art of poetry is pretty much the demise of humanity and is strongly linked to the Bullshit Job phenomenon: our mouths have been given duties, and poetry was just a countermove, but it was in vain: we can alle see the results, disaster all around. Another two poems of mine that slipped by without notice. It’s the story of my life. I really wanted artworks, even as a teen. And slats. But what did I get, dopefiends and ship-hacking rats. I don’t need their pudding of forgiveness – just a kind pat on the back will do.

Martinus, Mierlo, 24-01-2023

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?