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October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard

by Lesléa Newman

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On October 6, 1998, Matthew Shepard was pistol whipped in the head with a .357 Magnum, beaten, tied to a fence, and left for dead in 30 degree weather by two men who hated gays. Police reports stated the only surface on his body not covered with blood were the tear tracks on his face.

Read the rest of my review at: http://shouldireaditornot.wordpress.com/2012/09/01/october-mourning-a-song-for-m... ( )
  ShouldIReadIt | Sep 26, 2014 |
5Q 4P (my VOYA ratings). Fourteen years after the death, no, the murder, of Matthew Shepard, Lesleá Newman recalls to mind, and shares with others for the first time, that night that his life was taken out of an act of violence due to hate and intolerance. Newman's poems, like "The Fence," "The Wind," and "The Stars," give the perspective, at times eerie and beautiful, of these elements that we think of as not having a perspective, but Newman gives them one. "October Mourning" paints life as fragile and beautiful, and of intolerance and hate as something that is alive and cruel. I gave this book a 5 for quality because I thought every poem was written with heart and perspective and it really created an internal reaction. I gave a 4 rating for popularity because I think it might take a little push for teens to pick up a book about a horrible incident and one that happened over a decade ago. ( )
  Crystalmiles | May 12, 2014 |
I haven't had poetry move me so much in a while. This collection of poems brings to life the horrifying and brutal murder of gay, twenty one year old Matthew Shepard in 1998. Lesbian poet, Leslea Newman (author of "Heather Has Two Mommies") recounts the shameful and shocking incident with true grace and raw emotion. The sixty eight different poems explores the impact of Matthews deaths through fictitious monologues from the perspective of: the fence, the killers, the biker who found him, Matthew himself, mothers across the country, and more. It's a very moving piece of work and definitely deserving of the Stonewall Honor it received. A must read for everyone! ( )
  ecataldi | May 2, 2014 |
I sadly had forgotten about this. This book is written in verse which I love. The poems are written in many different view points of things that went along with this tragedy. ( )
  SparklePonies | May 2, 2014 |
A heartbreaking book of connected poems that are a fictional but very realistic take on the horrific events around the murder of Matthew Shepard. Very difficult, but very important, to read/ listen to.

2013 Stonewall Honor
2013 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults ( )
  SparklePonies | Apr 2, 2014 |
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Beresford, EmilyNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Daniels, LukeNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Parks, TomNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Podehl, NickNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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 Lesléa 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.

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Relates, from various points of view, events from the night of October 6, 1998, when twenty-one-year-old Matthew Shepard, a gay college student, was lured out of a Wyoming bar, savagely beaten, tied to a fence, and left to die.

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