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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.

We hope you enjoy exploring Empty Mirror!

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Four poems by Sam Silva

WHEN THE POET SEESThese facts appear like magic! Those abstract birds you made with wild paint on a tropical canvass seem to my failing eyes now a nocturne where such colors still keep swirling pure.Such a painting frames the world … [Read More...]

Shine

Shine

She moves soft as moonlight, pouring across the concrete. She follows the sound of the music as it reaches out into the quiet streets. She’s been following the sound for eons and still it pulls her forward, on and on through the dark.She lingers … [Read More...]

Art

Vakseen - Eyes Wide (detail)

Ten paintings by Vakseen

Artist's statement: I’ve always felt they were God’s greatest creation, so my work evolves around women, their natural allure and the insecurities or confidence created by Pop culture. Simply stated, my work is a reflection of society’s idolization of … [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...]

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Poetry

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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...]

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On Writing

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Remembering Ted Joans 1928-2003

Ted Joans Lives!

Ted Joans Lives! Tribute (8)

Anne Baxter:The written word is not my medium, but I feel Ted would be pleased if I at least made an attempt to honor him and his "Teducation" though this great website. I first met Ted in Paris. It was 1988, and he came to my sculpture exhibit. My … [Read More...]

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