Remembering Vincent Zangrillo • Empty Mirror

Last week when I logged into Facebook, I was saddened to see the post below, posted by Sensitive Skin. Vincent was a writer who attended The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University, where he studied with Gregory Corso and Allen Ginsberg, and William S. Burroughs. Later on, he and Corso were roommates…

Read The Fabulous Ekphrastic Fantastic! by Miah Jeffra With Multiple Browser Tabs Open — a review by Laura Eppinger • Empty Mirror

The Fabulous Ekphrastic Fantastic! by Miah Jeffra / Sibling Rivalry Press / 978-1-943977-73-4 / 140 pages / March 20, 2020 An ekphrastic piece of writing responds to a work of art–usually one completely separate from the writer. Miah Jeffra’s The Fabulous Fantastic Ekphrastic! is a collection of ekphrastic nonfiction, with pieces in response to other…

Read The Fabulous Ekphrastic Fantastic! by Miah Jeffra With Multiple Browser Tabs Open — a review by Laura Eppinger • Empty Mirror

The Fabulous Ekphrastic Fantastic! by Miah Jeffra / Sibling Rivalry Press / 978-1-943977-73-4 / 140 pages / March 20, 2020 An ekphrastic piece of writing responds to a work of art–usually one completely separate from the writer. Miah Jeffra’s The Fabulous Fantastic Ekphrastic! is a collection of ekphrastic nonfiction, with pieces in response to other…

Remembering and Jane • Empty Mirror

That night you heard voices say remember, remember. You did your best not to remember. You spread a meter of cloth and started painting on it. Colors called for other colors and you portrayed the image of the momentary light bending the line between good and bad. You pulled them to a corner, lay down…

The Pointless Forest • Empty Mirror

daydream on the forest pond / credit: deIt’s assuming a lot to say we were in love. We loved each other, though. We were nearly the same person if we pretended hard enough. Two girls hiding in the most wasp-riddled part of the tire park, stashing tickle grass inside the tires and calling it wheat…

Pablo Neruda and the Virtues of Laziness • Empty Mirror

As history progresses, writings from the past can often take on fresh and unexpected potency; for instance, returning to the ecologically-focused poetry of Pablo Neruda, I found new significance in two thematically connected pieces: “Ode to Laziness” (1954) and “Lazybones” (1958). What with the current worldwide deadlock of enforced reclusion and the necessary shrinking of…

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