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Donald Finkel Papers (MSS045)

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Correspondence

Poems

Miscellaneous Manuscripts

Material toward The Clothing's New Emperor

Material toward Simeon

Material toward A Joyful Noise

Material toward Answer Back

Material toward Garbage Wars

Material toward Adequate Earth

Material toward A Mote in Heaven's Eye

Material towards Going Under/Endurance

Material toward What Manner of Beast

Miscellaneous

Printed Material

Correspondence

Poems

Miscellaneous Manuscript

Material toward Simeon

Material toward A Joyful Noise

Material toward Answer Back

Material toward Garbage Wars

Material toward Adequate Earth

Material toward A Mote in Heaven's Eye

Material toward Going Under/Endurance

Material toward What Manner of Beast

Material toward The Detachable Man

Material toward Selected Shorter Poems

Material toward The Wake of the Electron

Material toward A Splintered Mirror

Material toward Beyond Despair

Miscellaneous

Little Magazines With Contributions by Donald Finkel or Constance Urdang

Little Magazines Without Contributions by Donald Finkel or Constance Urdang

Realia



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Donald Finkel Papers (MSS045), 1947-1983 | MSS Manuscripts

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Title: Donald Finkel Papers (MSS045), 1947-1983Add to your cart.

ID: MSS/MSS/045

Primary Creator: Donald Finkel, 1929-

Extent: 51.0 Boxes

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Donald Finkel Papers include his extensive research materials, journals, notes, and heavily revised manuscripts. A large collection of editorial matter toward all of his books and a small, yet revealing professional correspondence with editors and literary colleagues completes the Finkel Papers.

Collection Historical Note

Donald Finkel was an American poet best known for his unorthodox styles. Finkel wrote his poetry in free verse, juxtaposing different subjects against each other. Some of his poetry was extremely lengthy, with single pieces filling a volume. He strayed from abstraction and used common language in his writing. Finkel would interlace his poetry with sections taken from a wide range of works, including the writings of authors including Lenny Bruce, Admiral Richard Evelyn Byrd, Albert Camus and Franz Kafka.

Born in New York, Finkel attended Columbia University, where he was awarded a bachelor's degree in philosophy in 1952 and a master's degree in English in 1953. Most of his teaching career has been at Washington University where he helped develop the Writers' Program with his wife, Constance Urdang, but he has also taught at the University of Iowa, Bard College, and Bennington College. Finkel was the poet-in-residence emeritus at Washington University until his death.

Some of Finkel's best-known poems include Answer Back (1968) about Mammoth Cave, Adequate Earth (1972) book of poems about Antarctica, and his 1987 work The Wake of the Electron (1987) which was inspired by the story of sailor Donald Crowhurst, who died in 1969 while competing in the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race. Finkel was sent to Antarctica in 1968, as part of a scientific expedition sponsored by the National Science Foundation to send artists to Antarctica. The subject appeared in his 1978 book, Endurance: An Antarctic Idyll.

The 14 books of poetry and other works he published include Simeon (1964), A Joyful Noise (1966), The Garbage Wars (1970), A Mote in Heaven’s Eye (1975), Endurance: An Antarctic Idyll (1978), Going Under (1978), What Manner of Beast (1981) and Not So the Chairs: Selected and New Poems (2003). He translated A Splintered Mirror: Chinese Poetry From the Democracy Movement with Carolyn Kizer, which was published in 1991.

Administrative Information

Repository: MSS Manuscripts

Access Restrictions: Open

Use Restrictions:

Users of the collection must read and agree to abide by the rules and procedures set forth in the Materials Use Policies.

Providing access to materials does not constitute permission to publish or otherwise authorize use. All publication not covered by fair use or other exceptions is restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder, which may or may not be Washington University.

If you wish to publish or license Special Collections materials, please contact Special Collections to inquire about copyright status at (314) 935-5495 or spec@wumail.wustl.edu. (Publish means quotation in whole or in part in seminar or term papers, theses or dissertations, journal articles, monographs, books, digital forms, photographs, images, dramatic presentations, transcriptions, or any other form prepared for a limited or general public.)

Preferred Citation: Name of the Collection, Washington University Libraries, Department of Special Collections

Other Note: Additional material was added to the Donld Finkel Papers in 2008, not yet listed on this finding aid. Please contact the Manuscript Department for more information.


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[Series G1-1: Correspondence, 1953-1983],
[Series G1-2: Poems],
[Series G1-3: Miscellaneous Manuscripts],
[Series G1-4: Material toward The Clothing's New Emperor],
[Series G1-5: Material toward Simeon],
[Series G1-6: Material toward A Joyful Noise],
[Series G1-7: Material toward Answer Back],
[Series G1-8: Material toward Garbage Wars],
[Series G1-9: Material toward Adequate Earth],
[Series G1-10: Material toward A Mote in Heaven's Eye],
[Series G1-11: Material towards Going Under/Endurance],
[Series G1-12: Material toward What Manner of Beast],
[Series G1-13: Miscellaneous],
[Series G1-14: Printed Material],
[Series G2-1: Correspondence],
[Series G2-2: Poems],
[Series G2-3: Miscellaneous Manuscript],
[Series G2-4: Material toward Simeon],
[Series G2-5: Material toward A Joyful Noise],
[Series G2-6: Material toward Answer Back],
[Series G2-7: Material toward Garbage Wars],
[Series G2-8: Material toward Adequate Earth],
[Series G2-9: Material toward A Mote in Heaven's Eye],
[Series G2-10: Material toward Going Under/Endurance],
[Series G2-11: Material toward What Manner of Beast],
[Series G2-12: Material toward The Detachable Man],
[Series G2-13: Material toward Selected Shorter Poems],
[Series G2-14: Material toward The Wake of the Electron],
[Series G2-15: Material toward A Splintered Mirror],
[Series G2-16: Material toward Beyond Despair],
[Series G2-17: Miscellaneous],
[Series G2-18: Little Magazines With Contributions by Donald Finkel or Constance Urdang],
[Series G2-19: Little Magazines Without Contributions by Donald Finkel or Constance Urdang],
[Series G2-20: Realia],
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Series G1-13: MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Consists of four general groups of miscellaneous material: Clippings, Literary miscellany, Manuscripts by others, and General miscellany. 105 items
Box 30Add to your cart.
Folder 235: ClippingsAdd to your cart.
Consists of newspaper clippings concerning Finkel, readings by Finkel, and general news items. (31 items)
Folder 236: Literary miscellanyAdd to your cart.
Consists of miscellaneous material relating Finkel's career, including publishing contracts, poetry reading announcements, galley proof for "Ideas," and biographical material. (27 items)
Folder 237: Manuscripts by othersAdd to your cart.
Consists of manuscripts by others, including one unidentified manuscript. Most of these manuscripts are filed in Series I with correspondence from the authors. (4 items)
Item 1: Berns, JoanAdd to your cart.
Greatgrandmother whiskers from Kiev [poem], [no date]. (Typescript, 1 page) Filed in Series I.2.b.
Item 2: Burns, Gerald P.Add to your cart.

The knee to the groin [poem], (typescript) Filed in Series I.2.a with letter from Burns, 1966: August 19

The midwest confest [poem], (typescript) Filed in Series I.2.a with letter from Burns, 1966: August 19

What the hell, everybody else is [poem], (typescript) Filed in Series I.2.a with letter from Burns, 1966: August 19

Item 3: Chaves, JonathanAdd to your cart.

The cave of the jade city [poem], [no date]

Poem by T'ao Wang-ling. Filed in Series I.2.a. with letter from Chaves, 1978: April 17.

Item 4: Dana, Robert PatrickAdd to your cart.
July 4th, 1974 [poem], [no date] Filed in Series I.2.a. with letter from Dana, 1974: July 21.
Item 5: de Roche, Joseph, No dateAdd to your cart.
The return [poem], [no date] Filed in Series I.2.b. Typescript. 2p.
Item 6: Eigner, Larry (Laurence) JoelAdd to your cart.

"After some point is reached" (first line) [poem], [no date]. (Typescript [photocopy], 1 page) Poem 560. Filed in Series I.1. with letter from Eigner, 1972: March 14.

"Appreciate life must" (first line) [poem], [1973]: July 24. Poem 796. Filed in Series I.1. with letter from Eigner, 1973: Sept. 17.

"At the side of the road a bench" (first line) [poem], [no date]. (Typescript, 1 page) Filed in Series I.1., included in text of letter from Eigner, 1974: May 4.

At the side of the road a bench (fl) [poem] , 1974: May. (Ts. 1p.) Poem 856. Filed in Ser. I.1. with letter from Eigner, 1974: May 4.

Begin a (fl) [poem]. , 1973: April 20. (Ts. 1p.) Poem 773. Filed in Ser. I.1., included in text of letter from Eigner, 1973: Sept. 17.

Bird top (fl) [poem]. , 1973: August. (Ts(x). 1p.) Poem 805. Filed in Ser. I.1. with letter from Eigner, 1973: Sept. 7.

Birds the (fl) [poem]. , 1970: March. (Ts. 1p.) Poem 382. Contains Ts. note. Filed in Ser. I.1. with letter from Eigner, 1974: May 4.

Breaths (fl) [poem]. , 1973: July 29. (Ts(x). 1p.) Poem 798. Filed in Ser. I.1. with letter from Eigner, 1973: Sept. 7.

Cadence (fl) [poem]. , 1973: August 23. (Ts(x). 1p.) Poem 806. Filed in Ser. I.1. with letter from Eigner, 1973: Sept. 7.

A car door (fl) [poem]. , 1971. (Ts(x). 1p.) Poem 560. Filed in Ser. I.1. with letter from Eigner, 1972: March 14.

A car horn (fl) [poem]. , 1973: August. (Ts(x). 1p.) Poem 802. Filed in Ser. I.1. with letter from Eigner, 1973: Sept. 7.

A cat (fl) [poem]. , [n.d.]. (Ts. 1p.) Poem 774. Filed in Ser. I.1., included in text of letter from Eigner, 1973: Sept. 17.

Cloud lengths (fl) [poem]. , 1973: March 5. (Ts. light revision. 1p.) Poem 763. Contains Ts. note. Filed in Ser. I.1. with letter from Eigner, 1973: Feb. 3.

Distant (fl) [poem]. , 1975: April. (Ts. light revision. 1p.) Signed by Eigner. Filed in Ser. I.1. with letter from Eigner, 1975: June 2.

England a (fl) [poem]. , [n.d.]. (Ts, Ts(x). 2 drafts, 2p.) Poem 559. On recto is After some point is reached (fl) [poem]. Filed in Ser. I.1. with letter from Eigner, 1972: March 14.

Faint (fl) [poem]. , 1974: May. (Ts. 1p.)Poem 662. Filed in Ser. I.1. with letter from Eigner, 1974: May 4.

Find occasion (fl) [poem]. , 1973: July 27. (Ts(x). 1p.)Poem 797. Filed in Ser. I.1. with letter from Eigner, 1973: Sept. 7.

Holding it still is (first line), [poem], typescript (photocopy), 1 page. Poem 492. Filed in Ser. I.1. with letter from Eigner, 1972: March 14.

How much a napkin (first line), [poem], [1973]: July 24. Typescript, 1 page.  Poem 795. Filed in Ser I.1. with letter from Eigner, 1973 Sept. 17.

Idea of (first line) [poem], 1971: April 21. Typescript (photocopy), 1 page. Poem 491. Filed in Ser I.1. with letter from Eigner, 1972: Marcfh 14.

The kitchen lamp (first line), [poem], 1972: January 22. Typescript (photocopy), 1 page. Poem 632. Filed in Ser I.1. with letter with Eigner, 1972: March 14.

Microphones (first line) [poem], 1973: July 30. Typescript (photocopy) 1 page. Poem 799. Filed in ser I.1. with letter from Eigner, 1973: Sept 7.

Parnassus 2459 m.s (first line) [poem], 1973: June 28. Typescript (photocopy), 1 page. Poem 786. Filed Ser I.1. with letter from Eigner, 1973: Sept 17.

Pigment, air (first line) [poem]. 1971: July 2. Typescript (photocopy), 1 page. Poem 533. Filed in Ser I.1. with letter from Eigner, 1972: March 14.

The pot (first line) [poem]. 1974: January. Typescript, 1 page. Poem 832. Filed in Ser I.1. with letter from Eigner, 1974: May 4

Real time (first line) [poem]. 1974: May. Typescript, 1 page. Filed in Ser I.1. with letter from Eigner, 1974: May 4

Rembrandt life takes [poem], 1971: February 1. Typescript, 1 page. Poem 470. Filed in Ser I.1. with letter from Eigner, 1972: March 14.

See (first line) [poem], 1966/9-1971/5/2 Typescript (carbon), 1 page. Poem 498. Contains autographed notes. Filed in Ser I.1. with letter from Eigner, 1972: March 14.

Siren (first line) [poem], 1971: January 15. Typescript (photocopy), 1 page. Poem 466. Filed in Ser I.1. with letter from Eigner, 1972: March 14.

Sorry (first line) [poem], [n.d.] Typescript, 1 page. Poem 642. Filed Ser I.1. on recto of letter from Eigner, 1972: March 14.

The star-lover on (first line) [poem]. 1971: April 1 Typescript (photocopy), 1 page. Poem 479. Filed in Ser I.1. with letter from Eigner, 1972: March 14.

Strobo (first line) [poem]. 1973: August 9, Typescript (photocopy), 1 page. Poem 803. Filed in Ser I.1. with letter from Eigner, 1973: Sept 7.

Takes (first line) [poem], 1973: July 23. Typescript, 2 drafts, 1 page. Poem 794. Filed in Ser I.1. with letter from Eigner, 1973: Sept 17.

To find (first line) [poem], 1973: April 20. Typescript, 1 page. Poem 774. Filed in Ser I.1. included in text of letter from Eigner, 1973: Sept 17.

To negotiate the ocean drop by drop (first line) [poem], 1971: January 11. Typescript, 1 page. Poem 468. Filed in Ser I.1. with letter from Eigner, 1972: March 14.

The tree (first line) [poem], 1975: August 17 Typescript (photocopy), 1 page. Poem 804. Filed in Ser I.1. with letter Eigner, 1973: Sept. 7.

The typewriter (first line) gnr poem, 1973: September 13. Typescript, light revision, 1 page. Poem 810. Filed in Ser I.1 included in text of letter from Eigner, 1973: Sept 17.

Watergate (first line) [poem], [1973]: July. Typescript, 1 page. Poem 793. Filed in Ser I.1. with letter from Eigner, 1973: Sept. 17th.

You gotta have steam but (first line) [poem], 1965: July. Typescript, 1 page. Contains typescript note. Filed in Ser I.1. with letter from Eigner, 1974: May 4.

You the (first line) [poem], 1970: November. Typescript, 1 page. Poem 458. Contains typescript note. Filed in Ser I.1. with letter from Eigner, 1974: May 4.

Item 7: Elliott, William Douglas.Add to your cart.

Such rights [poem] [n.d.] Typescript, 1 page. Filed in Ser I.2.b.

We think [poem] [n.d.] Typescript, 1 page. Filed in Ser I.2.b.

Item 8: Flaherty, Douglas Ernest, 1966Add to your cart.
The flute player [poem], 1966. Typescript, 1 page. Filed in Ser. I.2.a. with letter from Flaherty, 1966: Jan. 15.
Item 9: Forster, Armand, [n.d.]Add to your cart.
Furniture: the couch [poem], [n.d.], Typescript, 2 page. Filed in Ser. I.2.b.
Item 10: Gardner, John Champlin, [n.d.]Add to your cart.
There was love (first line) [poem], [n.d.]. Typescript, 1 page. Contains AN by Gardner on recto. Filed in Ser. I.2.a. with letter from Gardner, [n.d.].
Item 11: Gildner, Gary, [n.d.].Add to your cart.
Today is Sunday [poem]. [n.d.] Typescript, 1 page. Filed in Ser I.2.b. with letter from Gildner, 1970: June 24.
Item 12: Glass, Malcolm Sanford, [n.d.].Add to your cart.
The tricyclist [poem], [n.d.] Typescript, 1 page. Filed in Ser I.2.b.
Item 13: Holden, Jonathan, [n.d.]Add to your cart.
Crossbracing [poem], [n.d.]. Typescript (photocopy), 1 page. Signed by Holden. Filed in Ser. I.1. with letter from Holden, 1972: June 8.
Item 14: Howard, Richard, [n.d.]Add to your cart.
Donald Finkel: `There is no perfection possible. But there is tomorrow.' [essay]. [n.d.]. Typescript (carbon). 11 pages.
Item 15: Kroll, Ernest, [n.d.]Add to your cart.
Two horses [poem], [n.d.] Typescript, 1 page. Filed in Ser. I.2.b.
Item 16: Langford, Gary Raymond, [n.d.]Add to your cart.
The warning [poem]. [n.d.]. Typescript, 1 page. Filed in Ser. I.2.b.
Item 17: Marten, Harry NeilAdd to your cart.

Considerations of space: recent poetry of Donald Finkel and Constance Urdang [essay]. [n.d.] Typescript (photocopy), 14 pages.

The room [poem], [n.d.] Typescript, 1 page. Filed in Ser I.2.b.

; and Fields, Wayne. The wilderness dream [essay], [n.d.] Typescript (photocopy), 7 pages. Filed in Ser I.2.a. with letter from Marten [n.d.].

Item 18: Palen, JohnAdd to your cart.

Metamorphosis [poem], [n.d.] Typescript (photocopy), Light revision. 1 page. Filed in Ser I.2.b.

Metamorphosis [poem], [n.d.] Typescript, light revision. 1 page. Filed in Ser I.2.b.

Item 19: Rechter, Judith, [n.d.]Add to your cart.
Weeds [poem], [n.d.] Typescript, 1 page. Filed in Ser. I.2.b.
Item 20: Ryan, Rick MAdd to your cart.

After thye worst is known [poem], [n.d.], Typescript, 1 page. Filed in Ser I.1. with letter from Ryan, 1977: Dec 18.

The land of opportunity [story], [n.d.], Typescript (photocopy), 2 page. Filed in Ser I.1. with letter from Ryan, 1977: Dec 18.

Item 21: Simpson, Peter Lawton, [n.d.]Add to your cart.
[Book review of Finkel's Answer back and Garbage wars]. [n.d.] Typescript (photocopy), 3 pages. Filed in Ser. I.1. with letter from Simpson, 1970: Sept. 13.
Item 22: Sobin, Anthony, 1975: November 10Add to your cart.
Landscape with pond [poem]. 1975: November 10. Typescript, 1 page.
Item 23: Sward, RobertAdd to your cart.

The act of eating [poem], 1965: January. Typescript (carbon), 2 pages. Filed in Ser I.1. with letter from Sward, 1965: Jan. 30.

Chicago Public Library [poem], 1964: August. Typescript (carbon), 2 pages. Filed in Ser I.1. with letter from Sward, 1964: Sept 10.

Get-away poem, 1967: April. Typescript (carbon). 1 page. Inscribed. Filed in Ser I.1. with letter from Sward, 1967: April 26.

San Miguel de Allende [poem], 1965: May. Typescript (carbon), 2 pages. Inscribed with an AN. Filed in Ser I.1. with letter from Sawrd, 1965: may 27.

Scarf gobblre wallow inventory [poem]. 1969: February 14. Typescript (photocopy), 4 pages. Inscribed, dated 1969: April. Filed in Ser I.1. with letter from Sward, 1969: April 2.

Scense from a text [poem]. 1959: July. Typescript (carbon), 2 pages. Filed in Ser I.2.a. with letter from Sward, 1960: March 2.

Scenes from a text [poem]. 1959: July. Typescript (carbon), 2 pages. Filed in Ser I.2.a. withletter from Sward, 1960: March 2.

The two-headed lamb [poem]. 1965: January. Typescript (carbon), 3 pages. Filed in Ser I.1. with letter from Sward, 1965: Jan 3.

Item 24: Thompson, Donald ArthurAdd to your cart.
[poem], 1937. Typescript, 1 page. Filed in Ser. I.2.b.
Item 25: Tootell, Jack. Last HoursAdd to your cart.
[poem], [n.d.]. Typescript, 1 page. Filed in Ser. I.2.b.
Item 26: Van Duyn, Mona JaneAdd to your cart.

Billings and cooings from "The Berkeley Bard" (want-ad section) [poem], [n.d.] Typescript, 1 page. Filed in Ser I.1. with letter from Van Duyn, 1968: Feb 29.

Billings and cooings from "The Berkeley Bard" (want-ad section) [poem], [n.d.] Typescript, 1 page. Filed in Ser I.1. with letter from Van Duyn, 1968: March 10.

Folder 238: General miscellanyAdd to your cart.
Consists of miscellaneous material, including a photograph of Finkel, a museum catalog, a concert program, newsletters, announcements, and various notes and lists by Finkel. Material toward Going Under/Endurance. Consists of material toward two poem sequences, Going. (43 items)

Browse by Series:

[Series G1-1: Correspondence, 1953-1983],
[Series G1-2: Poems],
[Series G1-3: Miscellaneous Manuscripts],
[Series G1-4: Material toward The Clothing's New Emperor],
[Series G1-5: Material toward Simeon],
[Series G1-6: Material toward A Joyful Noise],
[Series G1-7: Material toward Answer Back],
[Series G1-8: Material toward Garbage Wars],
[Series G1-9: Material toward Adequate Earth],
[Series G1-10: Material toward A Mote in Heaven's Eye],
[Series G1-11: Material towards Going Under/Endurance],
[Series G1-12: Material toward What Manner of Beast],
[Series G1-13: Miscellaneous],
[Series G1-14: Printed Material],
[Series G2-1: Correspondence],
[Series G2-2: Poems],
[Series G2-3: Miscellaneous Manuscript],
[Series G2-4: Material toward Simeon],
[Series G2-5: Material toward A Joyful Noise],
[Series G2-6: Material toward Answer Back],
[Series G2-7: Material toward Garbage Wars],
[Series G2-8: Material toward Adequate Earth],
[Series G2-9: Material toward A Mote in Heaven's Eye],
[Series G2-10: Material toward Going Under/Endurance],
[Series G2-11: Material toward What Manner of Beast],
[Series G2-12: Material toward The Detachable Man],
[Series G2-13: Material toward Selected Shorter Poems],
[Series G2-14: Material toward The Wake of the Electron],
[Series G2-15: Material toward A Splintered Mirror],
[Series G2-16: Material toward Beyond Despair],
[Series G2-17: Miscellaneous],
[Series G2-18: Little Magazines With Contributions by Donald Finkel or Constance Urdang],
[Series G2-19: Little Magazines Without Contributions by Donald Finkel or Constance Urdang],
[Series G2-20: Realia],
[All]


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