Following her prize-winning first collection, Martha Kapos again captures an extraordinary range of perceptions and emotion. Her style is highly original, a sort of internal Cubism, conveying a feeling-state by observing it precisely through many sharply nuanced images and from many angles.
She creates a distinctive, unique atmosphere – graver here than in her previous collection. Supreme Being is both a huge hymn of praise for ‘life’, for ordinary experiencing, and at the same time faces very movingly and directly the incomprehensibility of loss. The loss of someone else, deeply known and loved, and the awareness, too, of the coming loss of the poet’s own ‘experiencing’: themes as grave and profound as can be imagined. These are the substance of religious feeling and – without overt religious referencing – Supreme Being earns its bold title.