Kahlil Gibran

Kahlil Gibran was a poet, philosopher, and artist. He was born in Lebanon, a land known for its production of prophets. The millions of Arabic-speaking people familiar with his writing consider him the genius of his age.

But his work and influence has spread far beyond the Near East. His poetry has been translated into more than twenty languages. His drawings and paintings have been exhibited in the great capitals of the world and compared by Auguste Rodin to the work of William Blake.

In the United States, which he made his home during the last twenty years of his life, he began to write in English. The Prophet and his other books of poetry, illustrated with his drawings, are known and loved by innumerable Americans who discover the truth suppressed within their souls eloquently stated in his writings.

Oh, Kahlil, what you do to me.

Kahlil Gibran’s “The Prophet” is a great coffee table book, all depending on your taste....

I used to have a hardcover copy, in its own case. I read it from cover to cover and decided it was one of the most useless books I'd ever read.

I knew someone who was “spiritually inclined.” I always knew when he was putting the move on a new girlfriend because my copy of “The Prophet” would disappear from my bookcase for a few days.

He wasn’t much of a conversationalist, so when his own repertoire was exhausted, he would read the “prophet’s” words on love and relationship in his best “I am such a sensitive, spiritual guy” voice.

Worked every time.

How do I know this?

Because the sensitive, spiritual guy was my husband at the time.

And the copy of “The Prophet” he read from was my book.

And his dismayed girlfriends would call me at some point to ask what kind of lunatic he was.

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