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October Mourning

a song for Matthew Shepard (2012)
October Mourning

I am not usually a fan of poetry, but this book is an exception. Many forms of poetry are used to tell the story of Matthew Shepherd, the University of Wyoming student who was brutally beaten and left to die on a fence post in October 1998, merely because he was gay. The poet, Lesléa Newman, writes poems from the perspective of various people involved, as well as inanimate objects (ie. the fence, the road). The result is incredibly moving. Have a box of tissues nearby, I literally had tears streaming down my face at points. Powerful, raw, and incredibly important. A "must read".

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