Empty Mirror

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.

We hope you enjoy exploring Empty Mirror!


Drift Bottle / Photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/infomastern/12407730413/ Infomastern

Drift Bottle Prose Poems

A Bottled Message I thought it was strange, the first one, mottled blue, corked, a paper coil that ticked when shook. It looks old, you said. It didn’t look old to me, a pale ale or soy sauce, something about the grooves on the bottom, something about … [Read More...]

Skagit Farm by Denise Enck

New poems by Sam Silva

NATUREDarkness or a flickering computer light within are usually a good shield from mental marauders when the fruit is peeled to the fruit's cold core.And the world is molten ash with a warm thin crust hurtling through a huge cold … [Read More...]



donkeys find an opening (detail) - Jill Emery

Workings: Paintings by Jill Emery

Artist's statement: original art that has a story whether told or interpretedmy process in painting has been to think about words in a poetic/symbolic/spiritual sense its a two part process, it's free flowing and completely cathartic. as i get … [Read More...]

Past the Window (detail) - Ricker Winsor

A Structure for Color

Artist's statement: I think I have finally found the approach to painting that will sustain me for a long time into the future. As I paint I think of small phrases people spoke to me or wrote to me over the years, little thoughts that meant everything … [Read More...]


The Beat Generation

Railroad Earth - Photo is Road to Nowhere by Blue Betty via http://www.sxc.hu/profile/bluebetty, photoshopped by Empty Mirror

October in the Railroad Earth – Jack Kerouac

Every October, I think of Jack Kerouac's short story, "October in the Railroad Earth." Jack recorded it for his album with Steve Allen, Poetry For The Beat Generation; take a listen below.Want to download the mp3 track? It's available here. … [read more...]



Yannis Livadas

Yannis Livadas: A double interview

These interviews were conducted for Quorum Magazine, which is based in Croatia. This is their first appearance in English.Interview No. 1Tomica Bajsic interviewed the poet Yannis Livadas for Quorum Magazine, n. 3/4, 2012.Q: During years … [read more...]



Photo credit: www.flickr.com/photos/zeroy/5673872877/ Roy Ubu http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/ CC-NC-ND


When I moved to San Pedro one of the welcome signs was learning that an established family of iron workers with my name lived here. The rumor was that one of its younger members hung at Walker's Café out on Point Fermin and had my exact name. My mother, a … [Read More...]