-Times Literary Supplement
"Darwish's poetry is an epic effort to transform the lyrics of loss into the indefinitely postponed drama of return."
"Very impressive. . . . Journal of an Ordinary Grief helps us understand the roots of Darwish's great poetry."
"Consider this book an essential 'primer for the gradual understanding' of Palestine and its people. This collection of essays is one of the most effective, useful, and deeply moving witnessings of a historical tragedy I have read. The writing has an unsurpassed freshness, power, and awe exactly because it is poetry that happens to have justified margins. Darwish hungers to understand why such calamities have befallen his people and has a profound need for sharing - and succeeds brilliantly at both of these. This book should be on the reading list of every school in this country."
"Mahmoud Darwish is one of the greatest poets of our time. In his poetry Palestine becomes the map of the human soul."