Know Your Poet: J.P Clark
John Pepper Clark is a journalist, playwright and scholar critic who researched traditional Ijo Myths and Legend. He's known as the "most lyrical African poet"
The themes of his work revolves on violence and protest, institutional corruption, nature, race and colonialism.
Clark is most noted for his poetry, including:
Poems (Mbari, 1961), a group of 40 lyrics that treat heterogeneous themes;
A Reed in the Tide (Longmans, 1965), illustrates Clark's indigenous African background and his travel experience in America and other places;
Casualties: Poems 1966–68 (USA), which illustrate the horrendous events of the Nigeria-Biafra war;
A Decade of Tongues (Longmans, Drumbeat series, 1981), a collection of 74 poems, all of which apart from "Epilogue to Casualties" (dedicated to Michael Echeruo) were previously published in earlier volumes;
State of the Union (1981), which highlights Clark's apprehension concerning the sociopolitical events in Nigeria as a developing nation;
Mandela and Other Poems (1988), which deals with the perennial problem of aging and death.