is how sources who don’t want to be revealed
agree to speak.
A journalist extends
the courtesy of secrecy
in exchange for comments from
an official familiar with the situation.
But it’s difficult to weigh the truth
of what’s been said
when the speaker’s not identified—
what to think
of the urge to talk
when the record states unequivocally
the source was not at liberty
M. R. Pelletierís poetry has appeared in Tittynope and his reviews have appeared in Flint Hills Review. He is an MA candidate in English at Emporia State University where he is both a Writing Center tutorand the assistant to the Poet Laureate of Kansas, Kevin Rabas.