Although I knew Charlotte for many years, the first book I did with her was the anthology MORNING, NOON, AND NIGHTTIME, TOO, published with Harper in l980.
I adored her -- not only as being a brilliant editor but a good friend.
At lunch one afternoon, and we had many, many lunches together, I mentioned how sad that her books of poetry were out of print, especially RIVER WINDING (T. Y. Crowell, l970) which first appeared in l970 under the Abelard-Schuman imprint. RIVER... had etherial two-color paintings by Kazue Mizumura which perfectly reflected Charlotte's beautiful poetry.ALL THAT SUNLIGHT (Harper, l967) was also gone.
"These poems plus a bunch of others I keep in a box," she told me. "They're so unorganized. I could never do anything with them."
This was back in the l980's. I was doing a lot of work with Harcourt with the wondrous late-editor Anna Bier. I had an idea to bring back some classic poetry by putting them in new editions. I had just convinced Myra Cohn Livingston to put together a collection of her out-of-print works which Anna published titled A SONG I SANG TO YOU (Harcourt, l980), illustratred by Margo Tomes...