the myth of this is that we're all in this together
"Excellent. [Mulgrew] is distinguished by his concern with the musicality of language [and] the echoing in looser structures of more formal verse. [A] writer who capably handles a wide range of tones, styles and techniques." (Stanzas)
"A quieter voice [...] sometimes a little world-weary, always conscious of the gap between speaking and being heard [...] Mulgrew has a fine ear for the different registers of language that express whole worlds of feeling." (Chimurenga Chronic)
"Quirky and playful. [A] wry satire at the expense of contemporary culture." (City Press)
Equal parts flippant and plaintive, Nick Mulgrew’s first collection of poems, the myth of this is that we’re all in this together, is a three-part meditation on the ways in which people lose trust in each other, their communities, and themselves. Experimentally laced with monologue, anecdote and truism, these 32 self-aware, diary-esque poems languish in the small sadnesses and frayings of a terminally uncertain society in a socially-mediated age.
Nick Mulgrew was born in Durban in 1990 to British parents. Raised in uMhlanga and Auckland, he currently lives in Cape Town, where he works as a writer and as the publisher of uHlanga Press.
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