The Prophet Returns

The Hip Hop Generation Remix of a Classic

By Bryonn Bain, Edited by Suheir Hammad
Tony Award winning writer of Def Poetry Jam On Broadway

What would a modern-day prophet say on the day he returns home from prison?


“The Prophet Returns” tackles this question and honors the influential legacy of Kahlil Gibran. Once written off as a writer of “meaningless mysticism,” Gibran refused to limit his work to a single tradition, and brought together the Judeo-Christian and Islamic insights of his nation and family in his writings. With the exception of the Bible and Koran, Gibran’s 1923 masterpiece “The Prophet” reportedly outsold all other books in the 20th century. Working in prisons since the 1980’s, Bryonn Bain was wrongfully imprisoned while studying law at Harvard. A Brooklyn poet, prison activist and Nuyorican Grand Slam poetry champion, Bain has performed and lectured on hip hop, spoken word and the prison crisis at more than 100 campuses and correctional facilities nationwide.








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