As I work my way through the TBR pile, I’m finally getting to the rest of the Spectral Press chapbooks. The reading for the other night was Simon Kurt Unsworth’s wonderfully strange Rough Music.
There’s a great cadence to this work, a gentle riding of emotional peaks and troughs, and that’s contrasted with an intense discomfort in watching a protagonist’s deceit of self and others. Yet this pull-push tension works. Rough Music has in common with What They Hear in the Dark (Gary McMahon) and Abolisher of Roses (Gary Fry), an in-depth and pitiless examination of a relationship with all its secrets and shadows.