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!

Essays & Reviews

Afghanistan Sky / U.S. Army

The Consequences of Violence

There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all. —Oscar WildeI’ve found it true in personal experience that being a target of life-threatening violence strips away everything that isn’t … [Read More...]

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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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Art Exhibits

Folly and Fortune (detail) - Nathan Pietrykowski

Too Dee: Drawings by Nathan Pietrykowski

Artist's statement: Humankind seeks out meaning to overcome the fear of the unknown. When meaning is unable to be found we fabricate our own. Through the invention of my creation myth I examine how humankind searches and contrives truth. In my drawings I … [Read More...]

Closing Time (detail) - Ricker Winsor

On the Walls of My Prison Cell

Artist's statement: These are an experiment but I think I like it and will develop it more. They have a lasting and calming effect I think. Each is oil on canvas, about 18 x 24 inches. … [Read More...]

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Literature

REVENGE OF THE IMAGIST SOCIALIST POETRY

Revenge of the Imagist Socialist Poetry

We are the revenge of all oppressed, despised, ignored, exploited, beaten, insulted, neglected, abused, molested humans in the world as being fighters for their rights with our poems and essays.We are the revenge of the Poetry Art and we are fighting … [Read More...]

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