The esteemed poet, prolific writer and Professor, John Pepper Clark recently launched his latest collection of poems titled "Remains of a Tide" at the University of Lagos. The collection is a continuation of the writer’s ‘Tide’ which transcends economic, geographic and political boundaries.
The poem touches life at a personal, communal, national and global level; covering a range of subjects like marriage, birth, aging, death and others.
JP Clark’s poetry collections are as follows: “A Reed in the Tide” (1965), “Casualties: Poems 1966-68” (1970), “A Decade of Tongues” (1981), “State of the Union” (1981) and “Mandela and Other Poems”(1988).
His stage work, Song of a Goat (1961) followed by a sequel, The Masquerade (1964). His other stage work includes The Raft (1964), in which four men drift helplessly down the Niger aboard a log raft, Ozidi (1966), an epic drama rooted in Ijaw saga, and The Boat (1981), a prose drama that documents Ngbilebiri history.
In attendance was Prof Wole Soyinka who was accompanied by his wife Prof Folake Soyinka, the Vice Chancellor of University of Lagos, Professor Oluwatoyin Temitayo Ogundipe, who was represented by Prof Eghagha as the chairman of the occasion, and renowned dramatist and scholar, Prof Femi Osofisan.