TONIGHT THE CHERRY TREES AWAKEN

TONIGHT THE CHERRY TREES AWAKEN

TONIGHT THE CHERRY TREES AWAKEN

In the faded, municipal courtyards
at night the cherry trees awaken.
A roiling congregant struts around.
Moths bubble softly
against a pear, balcony three-high.
Sound, he looks up. Naked as an asparagus
she bulges out of the green velour. She smiles.

For a moment the pilot light flares and the ivy
of meaningless letters the wind
used to write itself.

A bunch of keys rattle.
His hand pulls off the sliding lock.

Trees muffle their roots.
The smell of fresh bread wafts
unwanted from the street.

He sits down in the shabby shack
and as soon as the first light
sweeps into the fogged-up window
his eyes begin to move
as curtains sometimes do
in spy films.

Martijn Benders – From: Karavanserai, my debute collection, 2008, Nieuw Amterdam Publishers.
Available soon as part of my ‘Tract of the Sun’ collected works.

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.

Boeken

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?

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