Marek Šindelka made his debut with the collection Strychnin a jiné básně (Strychnine and Other Poems, Paseka, 2005), for which he was awarded the Jiří Orten Award. On iLiteratura, Richard Klíčník describes the book thus: “The poetic debut Strychnine and Other Poemsis a contemplative reflection on the thinking of the young. Šindelka attempts to thoroughly reflect upon experiences from his personal life, which has been very eventful for his age. Strychnine, the titular poem of the collection, is also the most intimate confession which we find in the book. In it the young author tries to come to terms not only with the problems which are troubling his brother, but also with himself. Throughout the collection he is searching for himself.”