32 Poems / 32 Poemas, is a new bilingual (Spanish and English) edition of selected poems by the American poet Hyam Plutzik (1911-1962). (hyamplutzikpoetry.com). Fourteen poets and scholars have contributed, honoring Suburbano’s mission of “Building Community,” creating opportunities for writers to engage in cross-cultural dialogue with texts from different milieus — in this case, reviving the legacy of a mid 20th century American poet from the Jewish diaspora.
Hyam Plutzik (1911-1962) spoke only Yiddish and Russian at home and did not learn English until he attended a one-room schoolhouse in rural Connecticut. Educated at Trinity College and Yale University, he taught for 16 years in the English department of the University of Rochester before his untimely death, at 50, in 1962. He was a three-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for Aspects of Proteus (1949), Apples from Shinar (1959), and Horatio (1961).