Donald Finkel tribute at Duff's Restaurant, St. Louis, April 7, 2008

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Jennifer Silverberg

St. Louis poet Donald Finkel first read at Duff's in the mid-1970s. Alzheimer's rudely intervened in the late 1990s.

As a teacher at Washington University, as a mentor to young writers, as a friend to established writers, Donald Finkel wanted others to find their own voices -- to hew their own path through life, and not imitate what had been done. On April 7 at Duff's Restaurant, 392 North Euclid Ave., Finkel's celebration was marked by more than 30 local poets. Hear his words here.
-Paul Friswold