As writers, we go to other worlds, and make connections with the

smallest of fields, to produce our craft. Julie McNeill’s ‘The Paper

Flag of the Poet’ provides a marvellous metaphor for the poem, and

its “first line/an invisible passport/ into the country of our

loyalties.” (McNeill, p.31) Writers like the Phoenix group in Paper

Reunion are the cruise ships to foreign borders. No, you don’t need

a passport to travel there, but isn’t it wonderful that, in this world of

super-speed headlines:

“Some languages are never foreign
linked by subtle rhythms
the long lines dancing with the short,
stanza break and pause.” (McNeill, p.31)

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