The Dark Room: Letters to Krista

Photograph by Krista Kay

New collaborative pamphlet by Ruth Stacey and Krista Kay

In The Dark Room: Letters to Krista, Ruth Stacey and Krista Kay write a collaborative love letter to time and loss, a call and response that echoes through the spaces where our collective understanding of public tragedy collides with the vestiges of personal memory. Juxtaposing Stacey’s taut prose with Kay’s darkly evocative photographs (many of which document her friendship with tragic grunge-era lovers Layne Staley and Demri Parrott), The Dark Room offers a moving meditation on the relationships between memory, death, and the traces we leave in our wake.  – Alissa Bennett

  Ruth Stacey writes in The Dark Room, “only a loved one could take these photographs” and that feeling also pervades in her poetic letters and on every turn of the page of this lovely, haunting, and deeply felt book.  – Kevin Sampsell

To buy the book please go to the publishers website: Knives, Forks and Spoons Press

Or email Ruth to buy a signed copy with PayPal: ruthstacey@hotmail.co.uk


Masterful new collection from Carolyn Jess-Cooke

Carolyn Jess-Cooke’s new poetry collection, We have to Leave the Earth (Seren), is a skillful collection that suggests the reader be present in the moment and vividly experience our world as it is now, both domestic and political. The poems are those moments in dreams where the dreamer becomes lucid and sees things as they […]

Fatbergs by Andrea Mbarushimana

There is a visceral, unflinching eye at work in Fatbergs, that begins with the arresting title and continues throughout this collection, which ranges far as it examines human relationships in the complex societies and landscapes they inhabit.  Mbarushimana’s writes, ‘I choose to see you,’ and her lens doesn’t look away from what a body is in its […]

Do not embrace me until I am Viola…

To celebrate the launch of Viola, the Virgin Queen please join us at our event on 18th August, 7.30pm. To get the link for the event please email me: ruthstacey@hotmail.co.uk To hear some poems from the pamphlet just clink on the YouTube link above. ‘I am all the daughters of my father’s house, And all […]