Apr 1 2001

Diplomats Say

A prose poem by Barbara Crossette

Diplomats and United Nations officials said today,

officials and diplomats here said.

Diplomats and officials here say

the experts added.

The diplomats and officials said

some relief experts said

diplomats said,

it is widely assumed here among officials and diplomats.

Diplomats from several countries said

one diplomat remarked:

Officials said

diplomats said.

Officials of the oil program… said

diplomats said.

Editor’s note: Extra! Update does not generally run poetry, but we were so moved by this poem—which consists of all of the sourcing for the allegations in Crossette’s March 7 New York Times article, “Iraq Is Running Payoff Racket, U.N. Aides Say”—that we felt we had to make an exception.