He has published six poetry collections, the last of which is Navigation Systems, which includes a walkthrough for a fictional computer game and a Grail Quest by SUV. Van der Vegt has translated books by for instance Virginia Woolf, Seamus Heaney and Derek Walcott. At the moment, he is working on a science fiction novel about Julius Caesar.
Exorbitans, a science fiction poem, is probably his best known poem. It narrates the journeys of the spaceship of the same name, which meets a people with detachable souls, the superfluous creators of the universe and the human brain in its original habitat.