Houseboat on the Ganges & A Room in
Kathmandu: Letters from India & Nepal
Houseboat on the Ganges and A Room in Kathmandu (Chin Music Press) is a memoir of aerograms Stablein wrote about her life roughing it on the back roads and pilgrimage trails in the himalayas during the post-beat countercultural sixties. Before the Internet, texting, cell phones and social media, the young artist immerses herself in Eastern spiritual and artistic traditions and chronicles encounters with yogis, artists, travelers and spiritual luminaries like Ram Dass and H.H. the Dalai Lama.
Milepost 27: New Poems
WINNER SOUTHWEST BOOK OF THE YEAR 2019
ffrom the juror:
These poems by artist and poet Marilyn Stablein take the reader on an unexpected journey. They’re set first in the Pacific Northwest (with a brief foray into Kashmir), then in New Mexican hot springs; and then—at the heart of the book—in arid New Mexico—the “Milepost 27” of the title. Early poems narrate or describe the concrete or natural: sea lions piling-on, wood ticks “vacuuming under the skin,” poet imagining porcupine love; saving soap ends. The playful quality of those initial poems retreats, though, in the New Mexico section, where Stablein describes the Rio Grande grinding “charnel ground,” being stranded on a desiccated Route 66, and pervading images of fire and ash. That section’s stunning “How to Build a Descanso” takes the reader’s breath away and throws a different-shaded light onto this memorable collection.
Vermin: A Traveler's Bestiary
The first bestiary devoted to the smallest, most unpopular critters. Humorous encounters on the back roads of Egypt, India, Nepal or the kitchen cupboards of small town America. Odd household tips from 19th century health manuals, arcane remedies, superstitions.
Marilyn Stablein is a wonderful writer who knows a vermin when she sees—or meets—one. If I were a Texan I’d say, “Read her book rat now!” — Barry Gifford
—Lice, leeches, roaches, and rats, what people call ‘vermin,’ are fascinating cultures with vivid life styles. Marilyn Stablein, their chronicler, is a non-judgemental and generous writer who watches these non-humans with serene detachment, humor, and uncanny empathy. —Andrei Codrescu
Splitting Hard Ground
"Lines of stunning force...the simple pathos of these poems is overwhelming...
amid the travel journals and bric-a-brac of an adventurous and often painful life: deep memories; exquisite imagery and graceful music... SPLITTING HARD GROUND delights and saturates all our senses. Enthusiastically recommended. "
Sleeping in Caves
In the heyday of the sixties the nineteen year old poet and artist travels overland to the Himalayas to study calligraphy and mandala painting with Tibetan masters, encountering a host of counterculture and spiritual luminaries including Ram Dass, H.H. the Dalai Lama, Yogi Chen, the Maharaja of Hardwar and Kalu Rinpoche.
Marilyn Stablein's wry voice tells how it was, clamly and clearly, unadorned...whether on the ground with sadhus and chapatis or in the sky with diamonds these wise prose poems evoke a last epiphany of the best of east and west." -- Keith Dowman
The Census Taker Traveler Tales
"These pleasant reveries contain wry observations which color a person's life in a foreign culture. The witty brevity in which they are relayed marks the arrival of a fresh, surprising and unique voice in the American short story form."
"The author's eye is open wide, and her writing is fresh, funny, and exhilarating."
"The best, truest, and secretly truest writing ever done on life in Bharat (India).