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La Piccioletta Barca - Issue 15

Issue 15 · January 2020

Stimulus: Pottery by Elizabeth Fritsch.

In the current issue:

The Thread

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

Always invoking an echo, a summer’s day – by Myko Philip

‘Sometimes words stick. Read enough and the most innocuous and well-trodden of words can suddenly harl onto an older, wispier network of voices imbedded deep in our minds.’

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

More than a Moth

Sometimes, you cry for the very things you hate. This was the case when I—not older than ten, not younger than seven—watched my cat devour […]

Where does this end

Where does this end, he wonders Again and again, pointing to a wave or the sky Blinded by an echo with no double. One with the flatness.

In defence of tonality

In the closing bars of Rachmaninoff’s Prelude 10, Opus 32, we hear an airy, arpeggiated B major chord climb the keys, only to chromatically and resignedly sink back down to a low, closely spaced B minor chord, upon which the piece ends.

Success in Circuit Lies

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.


Visual Arts

The Look

Kids playing outside, at Ueno Onshi Park, during a sunny day, in Tokyo. July 2019.

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

An visual amalgam of the sea surge.

But it’s winter

A piano composition on the spur of the moment.

Improvisation in D minor

A piano composition on the spur of the moment.



The Entomology of Portraits – An Interview with Hernán Cortés Moreno

“I need to be constantly surrounded by people who look at me.” Hernán explains to me once he has done a tour of the house, filled with portraits of friends, family, and some of the eminent figures who have modelled for him.

Hidden in the thread

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

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.