This is a monochrome image. The author is between full face and profile but with her eyes turned to look at the reader. Her hair is just above shoulder length, thick and waves back across her head and over the ear we can see which has a small shiny earring. She has a faintly appraising smile and gives the impression that she is looking at you and really noticing you. The photo is just head and upper shoulders. Behind her are plants and leaves, so perhaps she's in a garden.Martha Kapos was born in New Haven, Connecticut. Following a degree in Classics from Harvard she came to London in 1963 to study painting at the Chelsea College of Art and then taught there for many years in the Art History Department before becoming Assistant Poetry Editor for Poetry London in 2001.

A pamphlet from The Many Press, The Boy Under The Water, was her first poetry publication in 1989. She won a Hawthornden Fellowship in 1994 and in 2000 was shortlisted for Poetry Review’s Geoffrey Dearmer ‘New Poet of the Year’ award.

My Nights in Cupid’s Palace (Enitharmon 2003) was a Jerwood/Aldeburgh First Collection Prize winner and received a Special Commendation from the Poetry Book Society. Her following two collections from Enitharmon in 2008 and 2014 were Poetry Book Society Recommendations. 

The 2019 summer issue of Poetry London was her final issue as Poetry Co-Editor before her retirement.


Smile Variations, HappenStance, 2019

The Likeness (Enitharmon, 2014)

Supreme Being (Enitharmon, 2008)

My Nights in Cupid’s Palace  (Enitharmon, 2003) 

The Boy Under the Water (The Many Press, 1989)


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