Irene Vázquez


UPDATE, Oct 24, 2022: We are doing a second printing of UNNUMBERED copies, in batches of 25, starting today. You may order it separately here, or as part of the 2022–2023 Chapbook Subscription. This chapbook’s first print run of 150 numbered copies has sold out. Please note that the cover stock has also changed from Neenah Denim Laid (discontinued by paper mill) to Mohawk Blue Smooth. It’s beautiful too, and more vibrant in color.

October 2022
5.5 x 8 | 36 pages

PREORDER: Copies will begin shipping in late October, as we get them printed, dried, trimmed, and sewn. (We’ll email you!)

Handprinted linocut cover
Caligo Safe-Wash Relief Inks on Neenah 80 lb. Laid Textured Cardstock in Denim OR Mohawk 80 lb. Smooth Cardstock in Blue
Digitally Printed Interior on Mohawk Via Recycled Smooth Natural White 70 lb Text
Hand sewn in natural twine

Note: Individually printed by hand in small batches, no two covers will be exactly alike. Expect some variation in color and placement across the edition.

18 in stock

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Praise for Take Me to the Water

Take Me to the Water is an impressive collection of poems that stage a dialogue between the personal and the collective history of African Americans. Like Rita Dove’s  Thomas and BeulahTake Me to the Water carries the reader across time—into the specific voice and history of a single speaker who understands their life to be both inherited and made. The manuscript argues that we are all products of the Atlantic crossing, even if not everyone can float. Our speaker holds this knowledge in every utterance in some way, even as each poem also holds joy, beauty, desire, refusal, and perseverance. Claudia Rankine


Read/listen to “When I Die” at Brooklyn Poets

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Irène Vazquez

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