Empty Mirror launched in 2000 as a bookselling site specializing in the Beat Generation writers and modern poetry; it quickly morphed into an online arts magazine.
We publish reviews, interviews, author profiles, essays, and articles about the Beat Generation, writing, publishing, and book collecting. You'll also find art exhibits, poetry and some short fiction here.
There have been many great artistic couples down through the ages. Now a days there seems to be more celebrity couplings than any real co-joining of artistic talents. So when I first began to hear rumours writer Neil Gaiman and musician Amanda "Fucking" … [Read More...]
I was born with poetry I cried for poetry I bled from poetry seven months out of the womb born at home, eager for the poem in the morning the poems rise with the fog at night they nest in my eyes poetry is my lover she undresses my … [Read More...]
On a round table On a round table They sought out the hands of our band masters For dialogue. Masters in whom’s back we Gathered courage to make noises which sounded In the sheer hollowness of the wolves ear, Over our barren land and polluted … [Read More...]
Artist's Statement: I am an acrylic artist using human figures to comment on sexuality and relationships. … [Read More...]
Artist's Statement The obvious similarity between photographs (as they are the result of recording the visible light) and reality had been confusing me since I was a child. Photographs promised me a vision of a reality from the past or a visualization … [Read More...]
Top Ten Books Lists
1. No Longer at Ease by Chinua Achebe (the author of Things Fall Apart) by Chinua Achebe 2. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe 3. Akenfield by Ronald Blythe 4. When Rain Clouds Gather by Bessie Head 5. Serowe: Village of the Rain Wind by … [Read More...]
The Beat Generation
Originally self-published in 1964 and long out of print, Ghost Tantras is one of McClure's signature works, a book mostly written in "beast language." A mix of lyrical, guttural and laryngeal sound, lion roars, and a touch of detonated dada, this is one … [read more...]
“If he (Jack Kerouac) hadn’t written On The Road, The Doors never would have existed.” — Ray Manzarek Manzarek might have added that if Jack Kerouac hadn’t written On The Road, none of the late 60’s might have happened the way they did, … [read more...]
- Review – The Stray Bullet: William S. Burroughs in Mexico
- In Honor of Michael McClure’s Birthday
- Excerpt from Burning Furiously Beautiful: The True Story of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road
Got a kid on your holiday shopping list? Wanna introduce them to the Beats, modern design, the '60s, jazz, folk, or rock & roll? Or, just give 'em something fun? Check these way cool tomes for tots (and grown-ups, too). Most of these are picture … [read more...]
This page has lots of information on it! Here are some quick links to the most important topics. General guidelines for identifying a first edition Identifying 1st editions from specific publishers Identifying book club editions On printings & … [read more...]
We've gathered together booksellers, publishers, and other services for book book collectors of all stripes. Please get in touch if you'd like to suggest a resource for this list. Booksellers - Beat, small press & poetry Beat nooksellers The … [read more...]
- The Best 25 Marketplaces to Buy Collectible & 1st Edition Books
- For Booksellers – 10 Places to Sell Your Books Online
Writing & Publishing
Writers often work in solitude. But when it's time to do a reading or a book signing, or to give a presentation or speech, you're no longer in your own environment, and the nerves can really kick in! Do you dread public speaking? Here's how to alleviate … [Read More...]
Self-publishing is a great way to get your book into the world. But when you self-publish, you take on all the responsibilities that a traditional publisher usually would, including marketing the book, soliciting reviews, sending out review copies, and … [Read More...]
- How to write an excellent book review query
- How to Publish Your Poetry – Some Advice.
- The one thing an author should never, ever do.