woman, phenomenally - reviewed by Clare Needham

JAAM 10

woman, phenomenally is a collection of poems by Paula Harris, a 24 year old poet, based in Palmerston North. Paula Harris's poetry could best be described as lyrical. Many of the works in woman, phenomemally seem made for music. Popular music, that would appeal to the average person on the street. The book tends to deal with aspects of sexuality and sexual experience, and the works incorporate sensuous and tactile descriptions of sexual encounters. The poems also deal with sex as both a physical and emotional experience.

On reading woman, phenomenally, there is a sense that some of the poems are less carefully crafted than others, and that Paula Harris is still a developing talent. The book is, however, true, evocative, and accessible.