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VERSO / Premiere: Tongue-bone


VERSO / Premiere: Tongue-bone
Amsterdam’s live literary & arts magazine 

to tell[
to tell tales[

and for a man

—Sappho, number 18, translated by Anne Carson

It has us at our throats: the tongue-bone. You could say we speak through it. The tongue-bone, or hyoid bone, named after its resemblance to the shape of the upsilon, the Greek letter Y. Giving us twists of words and accents, extending the meters of our lines and phonetics of our syllables.

The sixth season of VERSO / will magnify and dismantle “terra lingua”. Our October 13th premiere of speech acts and speech-making takes the tongue-bone as its starting point.


Editorial by Megan M. Garr
Communis by Versal
Poetry by Ghazal Mosadeq
Pardes Reading by Yael van der Wouden
Book Presentation & Discussion by Marianna Maruyama & Jan Adriaans
Performance by Natalia Papaeva

VERSO /’s pop-up bookstore will be open 7-10pm, featuring a range of local authors' books, second-hand treasures, and Versal’s own catalogue.

Entry*: €7 (cash and card accepted)
Doors open at 7pm, VERSO / starts at 7:30pm
Mezrab is wheelchair-accessible

*60% of door proceeds are divided equally among the evening's contributors. The remainder is used by Versal to produce VERSO / and its other projects. Versal is all-volunteer-run and entirely not-for-profit. We are grateful for your support.

Earlier Event: June 9
VERSO / mass: Season 5 Finale