In addition to her visual art practice, Mary Flanagan also writes creatively and academically. Her academic writing can be found here.

Atmosphere Press 2017
ISBN: 9781640084674

About the Book

Ghost Sentence has just been released from Atmosphere Press, a new press founded by one of the executive editors of Gold Wake Press, Nick Courtright. The book traverses the political sea change of the 2016 election and 2017 inauguration. The text moves from the personal to the political across the volume, from scrambled texts taken from political websites, to historical recreations of dictatorships; from love letters that accompany the excess surreality of consumerism, to unexpected language that breeds rebellion of the heart during an anthropocenic era of human debris and rising tides…

Critical Praise

“Incendiary, dizzying, deadpan, Ghost Sentence is a love letter, an ultimatum, a wildly poetic survival guide to the death throes of the patriarchy, our age of bogus authority, white noise, and disembodied menace. Flanagan’s charged lines shimmer between desire and disaster: “everyone knows it’s not safe to/go out on a brimstone night/ especially with you”; “leaves still cling to the trees but/the sun is telling them to drop dead.” This book coins a new language for a world that blazes all around us. Ghost Sentence is brilliant, contemporary to the millisecond.”
D. NURKSE, author of eleven books of poetry including Love in the Last Days: After Tristan and Iseult (2017), A Night in Brooklyn (2012), The Border Kingdom (2008), and Burnt Island (2006). His recent prizes include a Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a Guggenheim fellowship. He has also written on human rights and teaches at Sarah Lawrence College.

Published Poems

“Substance A always reacts to Substance B,” “The One and the Multiple”

“Being Transformed into a Phoenix,” “Enough,” “Parking Lot at Whole Foods,” in Heavy Feather Volume Seven 2017

“They Always Come,” “Death of My Dungeonmaster,” in Barrow Street 2013-2014 Annual Issue

Poems: “And by taking your hand,” “Camouflage,” “The Secret of Nights and Days,” “Desire is Rarely Fulfilled,” “From One End of the Map to the Other,” in Fence 2015

“hoisting the lower saints” in The Pinch 2012

“enthroned on the seat that sees into all worlds” and “the nature of judgment,” in the 2011 annual issue of Barrow Street

“something more remains mysterious,” in MUDFISH 17 2011

“the abstract injunction,” “ministering a stream” and “window” in Saranac Review, Issue 6, Fall 2010.

“the only point of rupture.” Open Windows III: An Anthology of Poetry, Fiction + Essays, ed. Matthew Davis. Denver, CO: Ghost Road Press, 2008.

“ministering a flood (update with god I)” and “ministering a tornado (update with god II),” in Barrow Street December 2007

“a pure subjective commitment is possible,” and “insubstantial stuff of pure being,” The Iowa Review in December 2007

“Simple Prisoners,” in Chronogram March 2007

“for Michel Heizer,” in Chronogram January 2007

“motion downward,” Prism International 2006 

“A Grand March,” Wild Goose Poetry Review 2006 

“Law as Metaphor and Morality,” Adagio Verse Quarterly 2006

“mass x velocity2 / radius,” Adagio Verse Quarterly 2006

“Sackett Street,” Ampersand Poetry Journal 2006 


[theHouse] The Electronic Literature Collection 2006

[theHouse] infLect: a journal of multimedia writing 2006

[rootwords] HOW2 — Contemporary Innovative Writing By Women” Issue 7 2002

[The Perpetual Bed], Third Bed journal 2001

Short Stories

A private correspondence to David Theurer, written by H. P. Lovecraft, 12th January 1919 from the tempest.” Published in Well Played 1.0. 2009.