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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.

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On Writing

dealing with rejections

Six Steps to Deal with Rejections

Whether we like it or not, ever so often, like an unwelcome houseguest, rejections creep upon us. It doesn’t matter where you are in your writing career or the number of books you have published; rejections lurk around us writers like shadows. Even after having nine books in the market, every time that I receive a […]

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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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Top Ten Books Lists

steppenwolf

Poet A.D. Winans’ Top Ten Books List

1. Steppenwolf by Herman Hesse2. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald3. Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller4. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger5. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey6. On the Road by Jack Kerouac7. A … [Read More...]

Complete Fiction Bruno Schulz

Ten Favorite Books List Contributed by Little

1. The Complete Fiction by Bruno Schulz As close to a dream as writing can get.2. Cages by Dave McKean The safety of illusions, the golden cage of lost hopes. McKean is the Stanley Kubrick of his medium.3. Dr. Sax by Jack Kerouac Kerouac´s … [Read More...]

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Art

Parenting (detail) - Margarita Gokun

Seven paintings by Margarita Gokun

Artist's Statement: I think of my pieces as snippets of thoughts and feelings we experience but often fail to recognize. Our connection to the bigger, our ability to dip into the cosmos’s pool of possibilities, our link to the universal consciousness, and … [Read More...]

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