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!

The Beat Generation

Sinclair Beiles - courtesy of GC - from the book Bone Hebrew

Sinclair Beiles: A Man Apart

Sinclair Beiles was a South African writer associated with the Beat movement of the late 50s and early 60s. During the time of his earliest successes, he moved from South Africa to Paris, to live with the community of writers and artists, which included … [read more...]

Allen Ginsberg - HOWL

The Howl Hat

My friend Sylvain went to San Francisco recently and brought us back some souvenirs as gifts. One of the places he'd visited on his trip had been City Lights Books. He brought me a t-shirt from there. And he also brought me one of the most complicated … [read more...]

Some Kind of Dharma 1 (detail) - Steve Paul

Some Kind of Dharma: Photographs

“to just start at the beginning and let the truth seep out”Grant Street, San Francisco, 2009You can quite intentionally make a Beat pilgrimage in San Francisco, soaking in the aura, the coffee, the Bohemian spirit in North Beach nooks, bars and … [read more...]

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Essays & Reviews

The Last First Day: A Novel by Carrie Brown

Book Review – The Last First Day: A Novel

The Last First Day: A Novel by Carrie Brown / Pantheon / 304 pages / 978-0307908032Carrie Brown’s prose sucks you into a kind of lull. Images of rooms without bodies, twilights in small towns, or people caught in states of pause and repose are … [Read More...]

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Art Exhibits

under the big trees (detail) - Ricker Winsor

The Wabi-Sabi Drawing of Ricker Winsor

Artist's statement: I continue my exploration of the dynamic and expressive qualities of ink. Mark making, pattern making, risk taking are all part of the process. It is very difficult to correct in ink but there are ways of leading the eye. And the … [Read More...]

Plaza de Santa Anna (detail) - Ricker Winsor

Drawing and Wabi Sabi

Everyone can draw. It is in the genome. Drawing is one of the earliest things we know about human beings. We admire work they did on cave walls twenty five thousand years ago. Some of it is graceful and refined. Some of it is crude, raw, and expressive. I … [Read More...]

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On Writing

Mystery Forest - Denise Enck

The Poetry of Walking

“Poetry is a life-cherishing force. For poems are not words, after all, but fires for the cold, ropes let down to the lost, something as necessary as bread in the pockets of the hungry.” ― Mary Oliver Would you like to journey down a path that … [Read More...]

On Crooked Legs of Hackberry

With Crooked Legs of Hackberry

At 21, I traveled through India for six months. My world-view had been scrambled, and writing about my travels helped me unscramble it. I had never seen people starving on the streets, their limp bodies scooped up in the morning by a front-end loader. I … [Read More...]

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The News

Ronnie Burk

Remembering Ronnie Burk

Ronnie Burk, poet and activist, Surrealist and Buddhist, would have been 60 today on April 1, 2015! Celebrate him with a remembrance post at ACT UP Archives filled with photos and collages. Feel free to leave a comment! … [Read More...]

Ted Joans Lives!

Ted Joans website in works; photos sought!

For several years, there's been a very small, basic website devoted to Ted Joans. Now, it's time to go big.The new website will launch in April 2015. But, before that happens, I need to track down some photos and information. We'll be sure to credit … [Read More...]

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Literature

Rembrandt - The Apostle Paul

The Seventieth Year

Asia Air Flight 8501In a high rise hotel in Surabaya, a quiet week waiting like so much of life, my wife makes miniatures of snacks in clay for jewelry ideas and I download Nordic Noir.A trip to the gym to stay the decline, then I dream more … [Read More...]

Lawrence McGaugh - A Fifth Sunday

Lawrence McGaugh

Bay Area poet Lawrence McGaugh was the author of "A Fifth Sunday" and other volumes.Lawrence McGaugh Selected Bibliography A Fifth Sunday Berkeley: Oyez, 1965. Beautifully Designed and printed by Graham Mackintosh in an edition of 500 copies. … [Read More...]

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