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) (3216 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

Martijn Benders has published twenty-six books, eighteen of which are in Dutch. He has been named one of the greatest talents of his time by critics like Komrij and Gerbrandy. He has also written three philosophical works, one of which is in English about the Amanita Muscaria, the Fly Agaric. Publishing on the international stage of The Philosophical Salon, he has also gained international recognition as one of the most remarkable thinkers from the Netherlands.