The Crooked Line

I think the people who would be the least interested in my work would be people who read lots of comic books.–Harvey Pekar

I recognize this guy
who went to your schools but flopped
at your cocktails. Nobody dropped
his name and you reply,
“He only learned to type”.
All right. But isn’t life
preponderantly rife
with typing? A guttersnipe
in your book, and a lout
in mine with angsty moves
on paper napkins and the grooves
of jazz establishing a route
to penscratch narratives
and all he has to show.
Respect. Because you never know.
All studies are comparative.

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