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La Piccioletta Barca - Issue 19

Issue 19 · May 2020

Stimulus: Extract from Birth of a Theorem by Cédric Villani.

In the current issue:

Song: Calm was the even, and clear was the sky

Song: Calm was the even, and clear was the sky

from An Evening's Love Calm was the even, and clear was the sky, And the new budding flowers did spring, When all alone went Amyntas and I To hear the sweet nightingale sing; I sate, and he laid him down by me; But scarcely his breath he could draw; For when with a...

Special Issue: Staying at Home

In light of the recent global crisis, as well as the lockdown of multiple countries around the world, we have decided to publish a selection of our favourite writers, artists and musicians, hoping that they provide the same solace to you, as they do to us. 

The Thread

The Thread is LPB’s bi-weekly column, publishing sequences of linked pieces, which explore the various intricacies of human thought.

This Is What We Are Doing Today

This Is What We Are Doing Today

The Noki Trilogy - Part III   On a summer day not so long ago, my husband and I stood, our shovels in hand, on the lower edge of the sloping hill leading toward the higher ground of our backyard. We were burying our seventeen-year-old dog there, between the empty...

Past Issues

Issue 1 - November 2018

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

Issue 2 - December 2018

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

Issue 3 - January 2019

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

Issue 4 - February 2019

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

Issue 5 - March 2019

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

Issue 6 - April 2019

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

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 8 - June 2019

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

Issue 9 - July 2019

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

Issue 10 - August 2019

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

Issue 11 - September 2019

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

Issue 12 - October 2019

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

Issue 13 - November 2019

Stimulus: Extract from Ezra Pound’s Canto VIII.

Issue 14 - December 2019

Stimulus: The napkin on which the ‘Percentages Agreement’ between Churchill and Stalin was drafted.

Prose & Verse

The Seafarers

And then went down to sea
And carved the shore along their breakers
Dry keel on wet sand
And salt spray stinging at their skin

The inevitable shame of not smelling smoke anymore

In the past weeks I have been smelling the promise of blooming flowers. The smell is that of daffodils, the image is that of rosebushes my grandmother planted in front of her veranda and the idea is that of a young woman in a trench coat, leaning on the April wind, laughing. Sweet, rich, easy. So easy.

A Reflection

A reflection on the nature of poetry and poets, and how the two are interlinked.

On The Lost Center

An erudite creative writer in his own right, Zissimos Lorenzatos developed into a scholarly critic and commentator without the benefit of advanced formal studies and […]


Visual Arts

Hidden in the thread

Thread on fabric [200 x 200cm]
& A conversation on the piece with Vasiliki Poula

Transformations – An experimentation of dissolving the sound and image of waves into lines

An visual amalgam of the sea surge.

Old Folk for New Poets – Part II

Take any word

A piano composition on the spur of the moment.



Refreezing the Arctic – In discussion with Hugh Hunt

In this interview, I speak with Dr Hugh Hunt (Reader in Engineering Dynamics and Vibration at Cambridge University, and Fellow of Trinity College) about the unravelling arctic climate, why he believes the world needs geoengineering (and a scale-back on globalization) and the role of science and individual decision-making in policy.

A quinate of questions for Titos Patrikios

A brief interview with the renowned Greek poet, Titos Patrikios.

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.

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