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You'll need to override the text frame and bring it to the live page. FWIW, I'd use a snippet for this instead in InDesign CS5.5 rather than a master text frame which is only active for placing text, not pasting it.
Just drag the snippet to the page from minibridge or the desktop and then paste the text in.
To override your master frames, if that's the route you decide to take, hold down Cmd + Shift and click the frame.
Thank you both: I was feeling really upset, having spent hours trying to get my text smoothly into my document. The command-shift dodge worked, as long as I clicked in the frame so I had a blinking cursor before doing the paste (otherwise, despite activating the frame, the text still came in in its own little box).
You made my day!