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...]


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...]


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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Andy Kaufman Still Alive?

Is Andy Kaufman Still Alive? The Evidence

My name is Jack Bristow -- AKA, the guy who was interviewed by the Huffington Post about Andy Kaufman being alive and well in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Though the interview took place 2013, May 15, I am still tweeted and e-mailed all kinds of questions to … [Read More...]