The poems and essays in Issue Two of Paperboats show why we need to keep speaking about how beautiful, necessary, how lump-in-the-throat astonishing the lives on this planet can be, and how vulnerable they are – including human lives – to climate change and other perils. But there is hope on offer as well, in our capacity to re-imagine our place on earth, and in the too often-overlooked truth that we are neighbours not just to one another, but to the other lives with whom we share the earth. In their different ways, the writers throw these questions into the finest relief, with passion and compassion, with quiet (and unquiet) rage and humour, and with imagination and the keenest eye (and ear) for the world about them.
This is urgent writing for an urgent time. From 9.30am, on the morning of 23rd November we’ll be gathering outside the Scottish Parliament Building to make our politicians feel this urgency. We’ll have plenty of words to say, and indeed, plenty of paper boats to float, carrying messages of change and hope. If you can make it, join us.
– Kathleen Jamie & Chris Powici