|Hyam Plutzik is buried in the large Jewish Cemetery
at Old Montefiore in the borough of Queens, New York City, USA.
Gravestone of Hyam Plutzik
(From the documentary film 'Hyam Plutzik:American poet,
In addition to his name (in English and Hebrew) and
birth and death dates, there is inscribed on his
monument a closed book with the word 'Poet' on the
cover. Beneath this appears the concluding line from his
poem Requiem for Edward Carrigh: 'Nothing can be
done but something can be said at least.'
Tbe poem appeared in his 1959 collection Apples
from Shinar, reprinted by Wesleyan University Press
in 2011 to mark the centennial of Plutzik's birth. These
words were selected as an epitaph by Hyam's brother
David. 'Edward Carrigh' was the pseudonym Hyam Plutzik
chose to represent John Wagenblass, a young colleague of
his on the English faculty of the University of
Rochester, who, like Plutzik, had died at an early age.
Already there is no one to call to.
The body of Edward is not Edward,
Nor the ashes of Gregory Gregory.
Alexander is no longer Alexander in the earth.
Nothing can be done but something
can be said at least.
(From Requiem for Edward Carrigh)
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