Two poems: The Time and The Old Age

Two poems: The Time and The Old Age


Time only crosses its fingers for itself.
In our childhood, when it bulks at its tallest,
it puts a latch in our face
actually meant for death
and its sidekicks.

Sometimes it comes too soon
in the guise of love.

Sometimes it takes too long, then
that love no longer finds a palace
behind that little door, no treasure chamber, not even
a made bed, but

a cluttered broom closet
with a mop, a cobweb
and a panicked moth
still frantically
seeking the keyhole
in the stars.

Martijn Benders – from: Karavanserai, 2008, Nieuw Amsterdam Publishers.
Soon available in my collection ‘Tract of the Sun’.



Grandma smiles like the Mona Lisa
but one without teeth.
She slides her curly teacups.
to cheat the time she has left
with an eary shell game
and everything she does has
an ingrained grace,

only visible to the dead,
for time she is only space
or name-count on paper, but Granny
hasn’t been here since she
forgot her visibility.

Who can blame her anymore,
everything shines:
the door,
the stairwell
and sometimes even she does,
on her bed that same bedspread
in which time trapped itself.

Martijn Benders – from: Karavanserai, 2008, Nieuw Amsterdam Publishers.
Soon available in my collection ‘Tract of the Sun’.

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?