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Milepost 27 Paperback – May 20, 2019

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Editorial Reviews


“‘The heart measures/ without ruler or yardstick/ No meter, dial or glass scope,’ Stablein writes in this new volume of her poems. This poet’s heart measures with the tools of exquisite observation and curiosity. As Stablein wanders in diverse landscapes, by oceans and even a yard sale and a bathtub, she emerges reflective, present, piercing, and joyful after much grief. Isn’t that the true measure of love, its blend of the bitter and the sweet? I have been enriched by reading these poems.” — Sheila Bender, author of A New Theology: Turning to Poetry in a Time of Grief

“These poems make me think of Gary Snyder’s ‘Riprap’ of words ‘like rocks/ placed solid, by hands.’ Stablein’s words map landscapes both physical and emotional, from Kathmandu to high desert, from joy to ‘the arroyos of the grieved.’ Her voice, her precise imagery cut through these pages ‘like a blowtorch cuts into steel.’” — Sibyl James, author of The Grand Piano Range and Hard Goods & Hot Platters

“Marilyn Stablein’s Milepost 27 is a book of poetry filled with fire in all its forms. From the fiery rituals of India, where Stablein lived for years, to the climate of the American Southwest, where she lived as well, to the burning forests in the West, fire is the backdrop of all. These fine poems are an examination of “the soul’s mysterious cravings” in the face of what we meet in life.” — Judith Roche, winner of the American Book Award and author of All Fire All Water and Wisdom of the Body.

About the Author

Marilyn Stablein is the author of 15 books. She won the New Mexico Book Award, the National Federation of Press Women Book Award, a Southwest Writers Award, and was a finalist for the Marie Alexander Prose Poetry Award. Her books include The Census Taker, Climate of Extremes: Landscape and Imagination, Splitting Hard Ground: Poems, and Sleeping in Caves. She was a book critic for The Seattle Times and a founding board member of Seattle Arts and Lectures. She received creative writing degrees from the University of Washington and the University of Houston. Her writing and illustrations are widely published in magazines, journals, books, and anthologies. Her limited-edition artist books are in private and publlic collections. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

Product details

  • Item Weight : 4.5 ounces
  • Paperback : 96 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 193636431X
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1936364312
  • Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Publisher : Black Heron Press (May 20, 2019)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    5.0 out of 5 stars 1 rating