MAP Store Collection

The Museum of American Poetics (MAP) Store features a small but eclectic array of poetry related items we've gathered since we came online in 1998. Sorry, you won't find letters Whitman wrote for wounded Civil War soldiers to their families. You won't find Shakespeare's watch or Emily Dickinson's smart phone . But with every purchase you will be supporting MAP's continued operation into the future. As always, we offer free shipping 365 days a year.

"Howl" Prayer Flag: Allen Ginsberg

prayer flagsMade in Nepal using a blend of cotton and silk (for greater durability in the elements), these 5-color traditional prayer flags are emblazoned with Allen Ginsberg's "Howl," the poem that shook twentieth century America (final, not original version). Hang them from your porch, office, across rivers, over mountains, even a tiny bedroom window. Hey, send us a picture after you do so. We'd love to see. Designed by MAP Publications and approved by the Allen Ginsberg Trust, this set of flag-panels includes a "doodle" by Allen as an extra added bonus. Limited edition.

Product information (approximate): total length of flag set: 12'9"; order of individual flag colors (traditional): blue, white, red, green, yellow; number of individual flags in set: 15; individual flag size: 10"(h) x 9"(w). $45.00

Allen Ginsberg: "Lay Down Yr Mountain" : The Last Session

last sessionLong unavailable, and now remixed and remastered, Allen Ginsberg: "Lay Down Yr Mountain": The Last Session became available on 12/23/2010. This 8'31" disc is comprised of two versions of Allen Ginsberg, on voice and harmonium, performing "Lay Down Yr Mountain," a piece composed on the road while with Bob Dylan and the Rolling Thunder Revue in October, 1975. The recording took place in Boulder, CO, at Fergus Sound Enterpirses, on June 26, 1996. Allen had just received rough mixes from Paul McCartney for "The Ballad of the Skeletons." The disc is comprised as follows: track 1: "Lay Down Yr Mountain" (3:13, first take); track 2: "Notes on Improvisation (0:32); track 3 "Lay Down Yr Mountain" - (4:11, alternate take); and track 4 Lyric Explication (0:15). As far as the MAP Store knows, and we have made every attempt to find out, this is Mr. Ginsberg's final recording. $25.00

Anne Waldman: Makeup on Empty Space (Jim Cohn, 2003)

anne waldman Anne Waldman: Makeup on Empty Space profiles the life and times of poet Anne Waldman. Shot during an Anne Waldman Symposium held at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, March 13-15, 2002, this 55 minute videograph documents the opening of the AW archive at the UM Special Collections Library, and features poetry luminati speaking on Waldman's megacontribution to American letters.

The film, formatted for DVD-R is low-fi, and comes without scene selection capability or DVD package wrapping, highlights performances by Anne Waldman, and includes critical excerpts from talks by Joanne Kyger, Lorenzo Thomas, Anselm Hollo, Akilah Oliver, Ron Padgett, Rachel Blau DuPlessis, David Cope, Eleni Sikelianos, and Steven Taylor. The film also contains an excerpt from "Secret of the Waterfall," a dance and poetry collaboration with choreographer Douglas Dunn, and a brief clip from Bob Dylan's Renaldo and Clara with Waldman reading "Fast Speaking Woman."

There are also shots of the exhibit that the UM Special Collection curators assembled that are soundtracked with recordings by Anne Waldman. The film is fast passed, and perhaps the only one of its kind profiling Anne Waldman's life and work. It was premiered at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art in June of 2003. $35.00

Home of the Blues: More Selected Poems (Andy Clausen 2013)

andy clausen Andy Clausen was born in a Belgium bomb shelter in 1943, and moved to Oakland, California at age three, at the end of the Second World War. After graduating from high school, he became a Golden Gloves boxer and, for a brief time, joined the Marines, which he left in 1966 after watching Allen Ginsberg on TV read his anti-Vietnam War poem, "Wichita Vortex Sutra."

After Andy began devoting himself to writing, Allen Ginsberg would consistently cite him as one of the most important poets of the next generation. For Clausen’s poetry book, Without Doubt (1991), Ginsberg wrote an introduction which asserted that Andy’s writings “present a genuine authority in America not voiced much in little magazine print, less in newspapers of record, never in political theatrics through Oval Office airwaves.”

Home of the Blues, Andy's second volume of selected poems following 40th Century Man, covers over five decades of his prolific work: from the counterculture and antiwar years of the 1960s right up to the years of progressive promise and frequent disappointment following the historic election of America’s first black president, Barack Obama, a former community organizer.

According to poet Eliot Katz, who wrote an introduction to the collection, "In Andy Clausen’s poetry, empirical perceptions mix inventively with jazzed-up surreal and modernist imagery, the kind of surrealist imagery that the European philosopher, Ernst Bloch, called “anticipatory illuminations,” because the phrasing creates images that don’t yet exist in the actual world, thus pointing towards the possibility of a more humane future."

Home of the Blues (Museum of American Poetics Publications, 2013, 272 pp, pb only) also features a cover portrait of Andy Clausen by Boulder, CO artist Michael Wojczuk and an afterword by Jim Cohn. $30.00

The Heart of the Hydrogen Jukebox (Miriam Nathan, 2009)

The Heart of the Hydrogen Jukebox is a documentary film by Miriam Nathan with Don Feigel that traces the evolution of American Sign Language (ASL) poetry. Interviews and archival footage from the 1970's, 80's, and 90's reveal how Deaf poets broke away from the constraints of English form to discover how the unique grammar and startling visual clarity of ASL could become a distinct poetics form all its own. One segment, from which the film's title is derived, shows an historic 1984 meeting between Deaf poets and Allen Ginsberg which culminated in an Ah-ha! moment for ASL artists in the room. $40.00

The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg (Jerry Aronson, 1994)

ginsbergJerry Aronson's film follows Ginsberg from his middle-class upbringing in New Jersey through the media explosion that was the Beat movement, his role in the flowering youth movement of the 1960s and his last years as a devoted Buddhist and political activist. Those interviewed range from close friends and family members to artists whose relationship to Ginsberg was more remote (Beck, Bono and Johnny Depp, while the footage gathered includes lengthy excerpts from Ginsberg's 1998 memorial tribute at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, Ginsberg and Bob Dylan visiting Jack Kerouac's grave, a 1965 reading with Neal Cassady at the City Lights bookstore in San Francisco and sequences from Jonas Mekas's touching record of Ginsberg's wake, "Scenes From Allen's Last Three Days on Earth as a Spirit." First released in 1994, then in a revised version in 2005 (eight years after Ginsberg's death), Aronson's film is a labor of love. This is the director's cut deluxe two-disk set with 6 hours of newly updated and unseen footage. $35.00