Why I stopped sending my books to review sites

A few years ago, I wrote on my critique page that I would stop collecting critiques after Nachtefteling.

Why? Well, because in my experience it is dystopian to have to score good reviews forever without this being reflected in the autoritairian structure.

That in itself is fascist: the writer who has to prove himself forever, and while he is doing that he is being hushed up by the commercial-conservative media. A writer having to prove himself forever is the very nature of writing itself, but not when that manages to have no reflection on power.

However, my publisher kept sending my books to review sites, actually out of habit. That’s actually inconsistent: why bother with reviews, I already have all the reviews I need to not have to prove myself.

Then the conservative-Christian order rises to the occasion and so the picture is complete. Writers who have to prove themselves forever, the have-nots, and the writers who are proven after one thin volume, the haves.

If you think, ah, but that’s how it is with talent – no, I’m sorry, but a page like my critique page cannot show an untalented person. And if we look at the reviews that the ‘haves’ manage to score, they are usually negative. So there is something else going on. There is no need to be unnecessarily mysterious about it:

The literary world is in the hands of a conservative-religious clique who manipulate things so that everything remains as it is.

So the pagan anarcho-psychedelic is delegated to the sidelines, left out of the canon full of good Christian writers. That is what is happening, and unfortunately it is not mysterious at all.

Because of the structural nature of this set-up – it has been going on since the 17th century, I believe – I see no point in sending my collections to this order any longer. And as I said, I’ve had enough reviews already. Why should I have to score endless positive reviews? Who are you doing it for?

No, give those reviews to young people, you can make them happy. I can only be made happy by a reader who says, thanks to my poems, they understand what poetry is or should be. That whole review machine full of psyborgs who want to practice their reading comprehension skill will at best irritate me, because real critics are now extinct.

Mountains, giants and mushrooms – in this fairytale-like collection, magic whirls and swirls, yet another reality breaks through as well – the whole world turned into The Shining, and the pilgrimage to Szymborska’s grave, a simple stone in Krakow, fails at the last minute; a journey without check marks across sixteen national borders to his daughter, however, succeeds. In its combination of fairy-tale nature, historical background and eerily topical reality, this collection of poems is Benders’ best since he lost count.


You have no time to read this, but that is because you are no longer human. If something of the original person were still alive in you, the old mycelia of childhood, then you would learn a lot from this book, indeed, with its magical knowledge, it might become your most useful possession. A book about the human imagination, and how it managed to get into the iron grip of trans-dimensional cockroaches. Furthermore, there are also magical tips to substantially improve your life and your time acceleration, and M.H.H. Benders also makes light-hearted mincemeat of the entire Dutch literature, what more could you want!

If you don’t want to crawl around mars like a cyber insect under a scrubbed boot – which is on the agenda – then you’d do well to read this book.

The first collected work of Martinus Hendrikus Hogervorst-Benders comprises no fewer than 712 pages and weighs in at least 1.4 kilos in thin print. It is the most ambitious collection written in the last thirty years, and certainly one of the highlights of Dutch literature as a whole, in line with Snoek and van de Woestijne. Anyone with a heart for literature and who wants to read an ambitious book brimming with cast-iron poems instead of yet another typical Dutch-language ‘masterpiece’ will be delighted with the purchase of this brick.

The Microdose Bible is the worlds most comprehensive and complete oversight of mind altering substances, teacher plants and mushrooms. Dutch mycologist and philosopher M.H.H.Benders takes you on a magical journey full of wonder about what teachers nature has to offer. Includes the Psychosupersum, a guide that describes all known mental disorders and offers wisdom for their treatment. 

This book will be published end of 2022.