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.
13. March 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Melody, Poetry, Teen Books · Tags: Female Author
October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard by Leslea Newman, 111 pages, read by Melody, on 03/12/2013