Tom Thompson reads “Where’s the Poet? show him! show him” by John Keats
In this installment, Tom Thompson reads “Where’s the Poet? show him! show him” by John Keats. Thompson is the author of Live Feed and The Pitch, both published by Alice James Books. His poems and reviews have been published in American Letters and Commentary, Boston Review, Colorado Review, The Hat, Volt and other publications. He lives with Miranda Field and their two sons in New York City, where he currently works at an advertising agency.
John Keats, “Where’s the Poet? show him! show him”
Where’s the Poet? show him! show him,
Muses nine! that I may know him.
‘Tis the man who with a man
Is an equal, be he King,
Or poorest of the beggar-clan
Or any other wonderous thing
A man may be ‘twixt ape and Plato;
‘Tis the man who with a bird,
Wren or Eagle, finds his way to
All its instincts; he hath heard
The Lion’s roaring, and can tell
What his horny throat expresseth,
And to him the Tiger’s yell
Come articulate and presseth
Or his ear like mother-tongue.