These are neighbor poems. Written about neighbors who have immigrated. Some immigrated from different cultures and countries (very apropos in today's world) and some from different neighborhoods.
I recognized people I know, though I have no idea where this neighborhood is. I laughed with some, and cried with some, and thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is open and honest, and very well done.
According to the note about the poet, she lives in an old house, in an old neighborhood, in her town, and I can't help but think she's describing her neighbors. Makes me want to go visit, and maybe move there, too.
An excellent book, filled with excellent poems. If you've never tried to read poetry, at least not since school years, Giving Ground may be just the (re)entry book you've been waiting for.