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Dillinger, a poem by Jared Carter

by Jared Carter

Out of the Biograph, its chill
          still lingering,
Out of that darkness, and the thrill
          such dreams can bring –

Into the neon night, her hand
          slipping away,
And all around you now they stand,
          as if to say

This is the way it always ends
          when bankers rule –
The world reduced to dividends,
          the blood in pools.

Bio: Jared Carter's most recent book is Darkened Rooms of Summer: New and Selected Poems (University of Nebraska Press). He lives in Indianapolis.