To my dear readers – two poems

To my dear readers – two poems

2023 will be the year I will translate most of my work into English.
I will make it all available for free, so if you like my poetry, be sure to
check back because I will post a poem every day from my collection ‘Traktaat of the Sun’.
Today two poems, both from my first book, Karavanserai:


The dead never fully departed from us.
When we slumber, they slip
into old habits. They count hoarded coin
under the bed, comb their lacquered  hair
straight or discard rubbish bags. Everything with

unshakeable routine. We, who are but their
faint memories, lie supine in bed,
ablaze with dreamy fires in our heads
that transport them back home.

When their shadowy thoughts,
which are slight but spare nothing,
falter for a moment with doubt,

they extend their frayed hands
into our dreams
to warm themselves, perchance,
or somehow still cling to belief,

to extinguish this only light they know
until all is dark and sleep presents itself
with open curtains.

Martijn Benders, from: Karavanserai, Nieuw Amsterdam Publishers, 2008


Eternity has many rivals.
The holidays, for instance.

The primary conduit
for eternity is love.

between heaven and hell,
people book each other
unceasingly, but

luckily, boredom offers
a foothold and reveals its
principal shareholder: the sea,

with its splintered bars
like a bar code,

that resists our
hostile takeover.

Martijn Benders, from: Karavanserai, Nieuw Amsterdam Publishers, 2008

Nobelpreis für Deutschland

Treffpunkt feiner Geiste

M.H.H. Benders ist ein anerkannter Dichter seiner Generation, ein Schüler der universellen Myzelien, Amanita Sage und Mykophilosoph. Er hat siebenundzwanzig Bücher geschrieben, die letzten in der Kaneelfabriek.

Momentan arbeitet er an dem zweiten Band der SHHHHHHROOM-Reihe, Bücher über Pilze, und der Microdose Bible, einem Aktivierungsplan zur Wiederherstellung Ihrer wahren Identität, der nächstes Jahr erscheinen soll. Bleiben Sie dran!

Aber das Große Ziel von Benders ist es, in Deutschland Erfolg zu haben. Er hat die Dynamik und Vielfalt der deutschen literarischen Szene erkannt und ist bereit, sich darauf einzulassen und seinen Beitrag zu leisten. Mit seinem einzigartigen literarischen Stil und seiner unermüdlichen Arbeitsmoral ist er entschlossen, ein neues Kapitel in der deutschen Literaturgeschichte zu schreiben.


“Amanita Muscaria – The Book of the Empress” is an exceptional work that establishes a benchmark in the realm of mycophilosophy. While one could perhaps categorize the book within the domain of Art History, such a classification would fail to do justice to its true essence. Primarily, this captivating text explores the evolution of humankind, making it a standout in its field.

Amanita Muscaria – The Book of the Empress – De Kaneelfabriek, 2023

“‘Waarover de Piranha droomt in de Limonadesloot’ stands as a philosophical exploration into the human faculty of imagination. It probes the intriguing notion that imagination, rather than offering solutions to our problems, might in fact be their origin. This thought-provoking work is set to be available in English and German by the close of 2023.