The A1 Verse: Flow my oil, Prince bin Salman said

By Thomas Gaulkin | November 23, 2022

Illustration by Thomas Gaulkin

Every so often, a story published on the front page of the New York Times is so well written, meaningful, and appropriate to the Bulletin’s concerns that small snippets of it, properly chosen and arranged, produce something more than journalism, something that approaches … poetry. That blessed coincidence occurred November 21, 2022.

We suspect it’ll occur again.

Inside Saudi Arabia’s Strategy To Keep World Hooked on Oil

(from the original by Hiroko Tabuchi)

Shimmering in the desert,
The Kingdom burns
to burn less
to free more
to sell abroad
The Kingdom’s oil
at odds with the consensus
that cuts to the heart of
The Kingdom
a world
selling and
threatening life
in The Kingdom.

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