Todd Moore dedicates The Dead Zone Trilogy to "The Duende, the movies, and my wife Barbara."
in the first poem of the trilogy -- which Moore claims concludes his epic Dillinger -- Jean Harlow speaks to John Dillinger who reaches out to her:
light n dark
this seems to me a particularly important visual. anyone who reads Moore realizes the significance cinema plays as both source material & inspiration.
so we have multiple layers at work. there's Dillinger attempting to hold the unholdable not being able to distinguish light from dark confusing reality with fiction. but there's also the poet feeding off the movies.
any work as vast as Dillinger has got to function on several levels. I've long felt that one of those was as a paean to the movies. I even wonder if Moore's honing of his lines from sentence to word to syllable is almost a replication of physical film going thru a projector to cast its image.
I'm not done with Dillinger yet. he keeps pointing that gun at me.