I had known George for many years, dating back at least as early as the publication by Sun & Moon Press of his companion-assistant, Ronald Vance, whose I Went to Italy to Eat Chocolate, I produced in a side-stapled volume in 1978, the covers of which consisted of m hand-colored map of Italy. I also published a poem of George’s work in an issue of Sun & Moon: A Journal of Literature & Art.
Although I was enchanted by his new manuscript—which began with selections from George’s various artists’ books, one group titled, “Three Painter’s Daybooks,” and ended with “Yankee Vermeer” of 2007, depicting a scene from a Vermeer painting with a man dressed in a Yankee uniform attempting to peer through one of Vermeer’s draped windows—I knew immediately that I would be unable to publish the work. Such a publication needed a larger format than my small Green Integer volumes, and it would be absolutely necessary to print the book’s many art reproductions in color, unaffordable on my budget. Accordingly, I set the manuscript aside, planning to write George a long letter expressing my admiration of the collection, but also explaining why it was not a suitable title for Green Integer.
Los Angeles, September 28, 2008