Paula Harris

Poetic Short Films

Tahi | Season 1 | 2020-22

Made with funding support from Earle Creativity and Development Trust

On The Couch With My Depression

Filmmaker | Kaihanga kiriata: Angharad Gladding

Full of excited anticipation, a poet plans to go to a book party. Then along comes depression. A film about yearning simply to be able to clean your teeth and leave the house.

Based on the poem: I was going to go to Dorothea Lasky’s book party in Brooklyn, but instead I stayed on the couch with my depression, not crying

I want to love you in analogue

Filmmaker | Kaihanga kiriata: April Lampre

...and I just want to love you.

A film about the melancholic yearning to love someone.

Based on the poem: I want to love you in analogue

there is a scratch on the inside of my right knee

Filmmaker | Kaihanga kiriata: William Cho

The possibility of love and the reminder left afterwards.

Based on the poem: there is a scratch on the inside of my right knee

to my next lover

Filmmaker | Kaihanga kiriata: Kieran Charnock

This will not end well...

A poet forewarns their next lover of what lies ahead.

Based on the poem: to my next lover

Paula Harris

About Paula

Paula Harris lives in Aotearoa/New Zealand, where she writes and sleeps a lot, because that's what depression makes you do. She won the 2018 Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize and the 2017 Lilian Ida Smith Award, and was a semi-finalist for the 2020 92Y Discovery Poetry Prize. She was the recipient of a Vermont Studio Center writing residency in 2018.

Her poetry has been published in various journals, including Passages North, Barren, New Ohio Review, SWWIM, Gulf Coast, The Spinoff, Poetry New Zealand Yearbook and Aotearotica. Her essays have been published in The Sun, Passages North, The Spinoff and Headlands: New Stories of Anxiety (Victoria University Press).

She is extremely fond of dark chocolate, shoes and hoarding fabric.