A Magazine of Art Literature Contemplation

Spring 2019 Leaping Clear, Current Issue

Spring brings the energies of sun, rain, soil, song, color, and form to new expressions in gardens, art, poetry, essays, music, and theater. We see and hear, smell and feel spring’s rising energy and resiliency: seeds spring up, trees leaf out, birds sing, people plant and plan, write and paint, make music and love.

You’ll find many new expressions of spring and other seasons of mind and heart in this issue of Leaping Clear. We encourage you to enjoy the artists and writers’ abundance and variety, gaiety and poignancy throughout many moments.

Reading W. S. Merwin

W. S. Merwin was able to speak to many people in his poems, his translations, his memoirs, and stories. After a lifetime of reading his work—always in wonder at each new collection—my sense is that he wrote from the same deep wellspring that led him to Hawai’i and Zen practice in the mid-1970s. He looked for and lived from the open source, the endless source of contemplation, care, respect, and imagination.

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Music by Sambodhi Prem

Poetry by Abigail King

Photography by Carla Brennan

Poetry by John Savoie

Video by Ashby McGowan