Debra Gingerich's first book of poetry, Where We Start, was published by Cascadia Publishing House in March 2007. Through contemplative lyrics, historical narratives and edgy prose poems, this collection of poetry probes the intersections of self and other, private and public, and the individual and community. The title, Where We Start, is a fitting description for the many ways that these poems explore the beginnings of and in a life, including cultural identity, childhood experiences, and a new marriage.
These poems stay true to their complex questioning. With a sense of paradox and wit, a willingness to explore the poem's surprising turns and defer comfort, Gingerich builds an impressive collection of poetry that is urgent and compelling to any reader willing to explore the dark corners and sharp turns of any life's migration.