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
it is widely assumed here among officials and diplomats.
Diplomats from several countries said
one diplomat remarked:
Officials of the oil program… 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.