Focusing primarily on Isaac Julien’s two Paradise Omeros films (2002–3), but also with further reference to Looking for Langston (1989) and Ten Thousand Waves (2010), I explore the figure of the poet and the concept of the poetic in Julien’s visual work. Just as Paradise Omeros engages Derek Walcott, so Looking and Waves draw inspiration from their poets, Langston Hughes and Wang Ping, respectively.

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