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In Memoriam

Harvey Pekar, Mr. Harvey Pekar,
A low-level clerk and an underground star,
Your fans are in mourning, your story has ended.
America now is a little less Splendid.

An irascible gadfly, a stickler for truth,
You were cynical, mordant, a trifle uncouth.
You’d snipe at the high and you’d carp at the low,
Which can get a guy banned from the Letterman show!

You railed at the bastards, the phonies, the scum
From the very first day that you partnered with Crumb.
And I’m sure you’re still griping, wherever you are,
The brilliant, cantankerous Harvey Pekar. 

Harvey Pekar, 1939-2010


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