October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard
  • October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard
  • October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard
ISBN: 0763658073
EAN13: 9780763658076
Language: English
Release Date: Sep 25, 2012
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 0.4" H x 9" L x 5.3" W
Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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A masterful poetic exploration of the impact of Matthew Shepard's murder on the world.

On the night of October 6, 1998, a gay twenty-one-year-old college student named Matthew Shepard was lured from a Wyoming bar by two young men, savagely beaten, tied to a remote fence, and left to die. Gay Awareness Week was beginning at the University of Wyoming, and the keynote speaker was Lesl a Newman, discussing her book Heather Has Two Mommies. Shaken, the author addressed the large audience that gathered, but she remained haunted by Matthew's murder. October Mourning, a novel in verse, is her deeply felt response to the events of that tragic day. Using her poetic imagination, the author creates fictitious monologues from various points of view, including the fence Matthew was tied to, the stars that watched over him, the deer that kept him company, and Matthew himself. More than a decade later, this stunning cycle of sixty-eight poems serves as an illumination for readers too young to remember, and as a powerful, enduring tribute to Matthew Shepard's life.
Back matter includes an epilogue, an afterword, explanations of poetic forms, and resources.

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