Secret letter to Coyote Peterson: can you be stung by poetry?

Dear Mr. Peterson,

I am writing to express my admiration for your unique craft of being stung by the most dangerous insects on this planet. To me, your work is a true work of art. It is a testament to your bravery, curiosity, and dedication to exploring the natural world.

I must admit, I have always been fascinated by poison and its role in the arts. From the use of lead in painting to the venom of bees and wasps, poison has a significant place in the creative process. And watching you confront these venomous creatures with such grace and aplomb is truly inspiring.

In fact, I would go so far as to say that I would prefer to be stung by an executioner’s wasp a thousand times over attending one of Claudia de Brij’s tedious conferences. Your work is a refreshing reprieve from the mundanity of everyday life, and it has saved me from the horrors of Ms. de Brij’s interminable presentations.

In short, Mr. Peterson, I am in awe of your bravery and your dedication to your craft. You are a true artist, and I am grateful for the joy and enlightenment that your work brings to my life.

Why did you never get your own Netflix show? It is incomprehensible to me. Real talent in our society is so often overlooked.

Can you be stung by my Poetry?

To return some of the impiration I got from your shows I would like to give you a free copy of my latest collection of poetry: Poetry to Read in the Dark. Can you be stung by poetry and is it the same as being stung by insects? There is a significant role in their for poisons, even though they may be of a different kind than you have bravely experienced:

Poetry to Read in the Dark (2022) (362 downloads)

Thank you, Mr Peterson, for taking the time to read this and perhaps my poetry. One of my dreams is that you would actually recite one of my poems on your show, to a wild animal perhaps. Just a daydream, I know, but hope can create such wild tunnelings in the bedrooms of the bored.

Yours sincerely,

Martijn Benders


Known as Xee-PArX SHKLot FAKRK I was minding my own business s a benovalent(1) ruler over an autonomous but relevant section of the Gamma-tertia quadrant of a galaxy, when an interdimensional hackhole zapped me into this dimension, where I have to deal with 'humans' who talk about 'reptiles' and 'lizards' and they have not got the faintest clue what they are talking about. It does not sound very inclusive at all!

The identity M.H.H. Benders is a most recognised poet of his generation, a student of the universal mycelia,  Amanita Sage and party leader of the Dutch 'Woudpartij'. He wrote sixteen books, the last ones at the Kaneelfabriek (Cinnamon Factory). He is currently working on 'SHHHHHHROOM a book on mushrooms and the Microdose Bible, which is an activation plan to restore your true identity coming next year. Keep in touch! But only if we do it first.

(1) not a typo! These humans have never even SEEN the mercy of a supernova.