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If There is a Scheme

Charles Reznikoff

If there is a scheme,
perhaps this too is in the scheme,
as when a subway car turns on a switch,
the wheels screeching against the rails,
and the lights go out—
but are on again in a moment.

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"If There is a Scheme" from By the Waters of Manhattan by Charles Reznikoff. Copyright © 1959. Reprinted with the permission of New Directions Publishing Corporation.


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