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From an essay investigating the relationship between religion and mathematics, to a mixed-media complex of ‘phantom islands’, as well as poems, short stories and a historical retelling of Robert Shaw’s life, issue 14 has something for every taste!

On the weekly: Success in Circuit Lies – by Myko Philip

‘In Hill’s later poetry, one is consistently caught unawares by some slantwise piercing glance. Amidst the rumbling ground bass of gnarled density and difficulty, a keen pure tone sometimes shines through.’

Past Issues:

Issue 12 - October 2019

Stimulus: The floor plan of the Sagrada Familia designed by Antoni Gaudi.

Issue 11 - September 2019

Stimulus: A short scene from Ariel Dorfman’s Death and the Maiden.

Issue 10 - August 2019

Stimulus: A series of panels from Scott McCloud’s The Sculptor.

Issue 9 - July 2019

Stimulus: The poem ‘A worker reads history’, by Bertolt Brecht.

Issue 8 - June 2019

Stimulus: A sheet of Tibetan music written using the ‘Yang-Yig’ system of notation.

Issue 7 - May 2019

Stimulus: A page of T.S. Eliot’s manuscript of ‘The Waste Land’, with comments and edits by Ezra Pound.

Issue 6 - April 2019

Stimulus: An extract on the aesthetics of Japanese toilets from Jun’ichirō Tanizaki’s In Praise of Shadows.

Issue 5 - March 2019

Stimulus: The triumph of a ‘degenerate’, a painting based on Paul Klee’s ‘Park Bei Lu’.

Issue 4 - February 2019

Stimulus: A folk Polish tune, as drawn up by Mira Zimińska-Sygietyńska and Tadeusz Sygietyński.

Issue 3 - January 2019

Stimulus: The opening scene to A Clockwork Orange, written by Anthony Burgess, and directed by Stanley Kubrick.

Issue 2 - December 2018

Stimulus: A letter by Bertrand Russell to Lady Ottoline Morrel describing his recent encounter with Wittgenstein.

Issue 1 - November 2018

Stimulus: An extract from Dante’s address to the reader in Paradiso: II: 1-7

from our archive: Prose & Verse

About the journal

Our piccioletta barca, or ‘little boat’, aims to embark upon a journey without a destination; a platform from which we can explore interests and passions from a diverse group of disciplines. Ranging from music to art, philosophy and literature, we have attempted to delve into the intricacies of thought, without allowing content or form to constrain us.

from our archive: Visual Arts

Meet the team

From poets to painters, musicians to interviewers, and philosophers to historians, the contributors of La Piccioletta Barca are what give our journal its identity.

from our archive: Non-fiction

from our archive: Interviews