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Empty Mirror, established in 2000, is an online-only literary and arts magazine. Our focus is on poetry, essays, reviews, interviews, literary fiction, and art. Oh, and we have a soft spot for the Beat Generation writers, too.

New content is published several times a week and we accept submissions continually.

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On Writing

dealing with rejections

Six Steps to Deal with Rejections

Whether we like it or not, ever so often, like an unwelcome houseguest, rejections creep upon us. It doesn’t matter where you are in your writing career or the number of books you have published; rejections lurk around us writers like shadows. Even after having nine books in the market, every time that I receive a […]

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The Beat Generation

Wordworth & Kerouac

Wordsworth and the Beats: The Longevity of Influence

Although William Wordsworth once stated that he was “not a critic” and, in fact, “set little value upon the art” (Leitch 556), in his “Preface to Lyrical Ballads” he nevertheless proposed and discussed several controversial ideas that would become key … [read more...]

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Top Ten Books Lists

In Watermelon Sugar

Bruce Hodder’s Ten Favourite Books

1. In Watermelon Sugar – Richard Brautigan2. Big Sur – Jack Kerouac3. Desert Solitaire – Edward Abbey4. Ulysses – James Joyce5. The Narrow Road to the Deep North – Matsuo Basho6. The Great Shark Hunt – Hunter S. Thompson7. Pilgrims … [Read More...]

jerusalem bible

Mark A.’s Top Ten Books List

1. The Book Of JOB in the OT, La Bible de Jerusalem preferably There was once a man in the land of Uz & the final word was with Yahweh.2. A Season in Hell by Arthur Rimbaud Emotion, Images, Hallucinations, a soul in torture on the spiritual … [Read More...]

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Art

Parenting (detail) - Margarita Gokun

Seven paintings by Margarita Gokun

Artist's Statement: I think of my pieces as snippets of thoughts and feelings we experience but often fail to recognize. Our connection to the bigger, our ability to dip into the cosmos’s pool of possibilities, our link to the universal consciousness, and … [Read More...]

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