13. March 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Melody H, Poetry, Teen Books · Tags:

October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard by Leslea Newman, 111 pages, read by Melody, on 03/12/2013

October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard is a heartbreaking poetry collection from noted writer and LGBT activist Leslea Newman about the 1998 murder of twenty year old Matthew Shepard.  Shepard was abducted from a bar in Laramie, Wyoming, beaten and robbed, tied to a fence where he bled and cried for eighteen hours until a passing biker found him, and died after laying in a coma for five days.  Shepard was targeted by the two young men for being gay.  The poems are told from various points of view, the fence, a doe who laid beside him that night, his attackers, his family and friends. Absolutely beautiful poems about a horrendous hate crime.  Must read.

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