POETS IN SPACE (JERICHO BROWN) — SERIES
Directed by: Daniel Grossman and Sean Webley
Cinematography: Sean Webley
Producer: Daniel Grossman
Episode One: Jericho Brown
Weeks prior to Jericho Brown winning the Pulitzer Prize, filmmakers Daniel Grossman and Sean Webley met Jericho in Decatur, Georgia to film the reading of two of his poems from his collection The Tradtion. The idea was to explore how to capture poetry on film, balancing the act of adding something visually while not getting in the way of the meaning or experience of hearing the poem raw. “Poets in Space” is an exploration of how film and poetry can merge and was released with THE PARIS REVIEW.
“We thought / Fingers in dirt meant it was our dirt, learning / Names in heat, in elements classical / Philosophers said could change us.” In this Paris Review video, Jericho Brown reads two poems from his most recent collection, The Tradition (Copper Canyon Press, 2019), for which he received the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. Filmed in 2019 in the woods of Decatur, Georgia, “Poets in Space” was directed and produced by Daniel Grossman and Sean Webley in collaboration with the poet Malachi Black.