June 5: The Versal team invites you to one of Amsterdam's best literary nights: VERSO / LIVE JOURNAL: "FIXATION VS. VOID", participating: Margret Wibmer, DAI's Roaming Ambassador
Sunday, June 5, 2016, 19:00-22:00
VERSO / LIVE JOUR- NAL Volume 2, Number 8: "Fixation vs. Void"
VERSO / is a monthly literary journal of our city’s and our world’s best editors, writers, artists, and thinkers, in live-form poems, stories, essays, interviews, reviews, and more. Volume 2 turns its symbolic lens to "terra firma" through pre-18th century alchemical symbols.
Fixation: is the Gemini symbol in alchemy refers to a process by which a previously volatile substance is "transformed" into a form (often solid) that is not affected by fire. It separates the substance or object and puts it back in the same or different shape at a subatomic level. Fixation is sometimes listed as one of the processes required for completion of the alchemical magnum opus.
In what seems the Gemini twin as alter ego combination with is Void: the 5th Japanese Element VOID: 空 Kū or sora, most often translated as "Void", but also meaning "sky" or "Heaven", represents those things beyond our everyday experience, particularly those things composed of pure energy. Bodily, kū represents spirit, thought, and creative energy. It represents our ability to think and to communicate, as well as our creativity. It can also be associated with power, creativity, spontaneity, and inventiveness. Kū is of particular importance as the highest of the elements. In martial arts, particularly in fictional tales where the fighting discipline is blended with magic or the occult, one often invokes the power of the Void to connect to the quintessential creative energy of the world. A warrior properly attuned to the Void can sense their surroundings and act without thinking, and without using their "physical senses".
Our supernatural season 2 finale, "Fixation vs. Void”, is curated by France-based American writer and Versal poetry editor Jennifer K Dick, and features works from visiting US authors Laura Mullen (coming to us from Baton Rouge, Louisiana!) and Lily Hoang (coming from New Mexico!), alongside the spectacular Austria-born now Amsterdam local artist Margret Wibmer as well as closing remarks and a look back at this year in VERSO by Versal Literary Journal founding editor Megan Garr.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Editorial by Jennifer K. Dick
Poetry by Lily Hoang
Art by Margret Wibmer
Hybrid literature by Laura Mullen
Epilogue by Megan M. Garr
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