Poetry. Art. "Freya's Tears is the third collection of poetry & art by Mia Barkan Clarke. It includes translations into Danish By Mille Weinman, Finnish by Ismo Jokiaho, Norwegian by Sunny Gandara, and Swedish by Tobias Petersson & Julia Zern. Freya, the Norse goddess of love, lust, magic, war, and death, is the source of my inspiration for this series, and my personal muse. She is loved and desired by all, yet she only longs for Odin, the 'All Father,' King of the gods, who is absent, fighting battles across the universe. She sits and waits for Odin, crying tears of red-gold all alone on her golden throne with her two faithful cats by her side. It is said that the amber stones one can find on the shores of the Baltic Sea are called 'Freya's Tears,' which gave birth to the name of this series. Come viewer, see and taste the nectar and the ambrosia of Freya's Tears."—Mia Barkan Clarke from the Preface
"A kaleidoscope of poetry and elegant art."—Lidia Chiarelli
"I love the detailed and arresting artworks. The verbal and the visual are a perfect marriage."—Peter Thabit Jones
"This book will be one you will return to again and again; one you want to share with others. Brava."—Maria Mazziotti Gillan
"Flabbergasted describes our reaction to your wondrous work."—Gregory Rabassa
Mia Barkan Clarke is a working artist and a NYS Licensed Creative Arts Therapist. She holds a MA in Creative Arts Therapy from Hofstra University, a BFA in Fabric Styling, specializing in Woven Design and an Associated Degree in Textile/Surface Design from Fashion Institute of Technology (NYC). Mia is an instructor of Art Therapy at St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill, NY, and has also taught and lectured at various conference venues including Molloy College, Hofstra University, Touro College, SUNY at Farmingdale, NYATA, and STAC. Mia is the author of FREYA'S TEARS (Cross-Cultural Communications, 2019) and TEA WITH NANA (Cross-Cultural Communications, 2019). Her poems have been published in Lips, The New Scribes, Waterways, CCM: Women Poets, Paterson Literary Review, Paumanok, the Feral Press, Poetry Monthly, The Seventh Quarry, Cyclamens & Swords, Korean Expatriate Literature, Citadela, Convorbiri Literare, Poezia, Stare la Ora Amiezli International Romanian Poetry Anthology, and Immagine & Poesia. Her artwork has been exhibited in BAFFA Gallery, The Mallette Gallery, The Howland Cultural Center, The Stage Gallery, and The Paterson Museum.
Author City: MERRICK, NY USA