Rooster / Distance

Rooster / Distance


In his black eyes flicker
the chip towns of the future.

At night the reign of terror swings
through the grab bag of the run,
a quizmaster without prizes
with always the right answer:

Kukeleku. The world perishes.
The world is going down. Kukeleku.



What they can make of that, these days.
World cities are built from distance,
relationships maintained from distance.

Oppressive are worlds of ideology without distance.
Annoying are the distance-killing glasses of love.

New life, I yearn for. Life against sameness.
Give me the terraced houses of the stars
that stand winking far away in their glass
conservatories thanks to distance!

And you are reading this, thanks to, right, repetition
the most distant form of love.


Nothing has ever been written about many of my poems. I got many reviews, but they usually picked poems from the book that were precisely not my favourites. I found that curious, apparently you could differ in opinion about the strength of a particular poem. The poem Distance was picked out by the jury of some prize, and that’s a nice philosophical poem, as a lot of my poems are philosophical by nature, which is probably why they don’t appeal to some people. They require reflection, and the presence of a reflective circuit.

I am afraid that much of the twentieth century presented itself as ‘progress’ but, on the brain front, actually showed a darting decline that presented itself as a convulsive mode of normality. You know the types, they pretend to be experts at soccer and write completely uninteresting poetry about their tupperware. In Dutch-language poetry, people were asleep in the chair and such types have taken over en masse. Campert, Kopland, and the cynical jeans-Sjakie Rob Schouten still sitting on his faux-religious throne: the consensus is in the iron grip of the normalo, and I’ve been trying to pry it loose from that for all my life.

Probably a futile project, I know. The enemy has a big advantage: the lie and the system are proudly on his side. Mediocrity should be hung with garlands and celebrated as the highest. Yes, my poem Rooster is about the gatekeepers and their chiptowns of the future.

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?