Sunday, December 27, 2015

#4 of 2015 - October Mourning by Lesléa Newman

October Mourning: A Song for Matthew ShepardOctober Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard by Lesléa Newman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
 Published September 25th 2012 by Candlewick

On the night of October 6, 1998, a gay twenty-one-year-old University of Wyoming student named Matthew Shepard was lured from a bar by two young men, then savagely beaten, tied to a fence on the outskirts of Laramie, and left to die. Five days later, Lesléa Newman arrived on campus to give the keynote speech for the University of Wyoming's Gay Awareness Week.
October Mourning is Lesléa Newman's deeply personal response to the events of that tragic day and its brutal aftermath.
This work of poetic imagination explores the impact of the vicious crime through fictitious monologues from various points of view, including the fence to which Matthew was tied, the deer that kept watch beside him, and even Matthew himself. 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 and legacy.

Lyrically Emotional

I honestly didn't even know what to say after finishing this.

6 Month Later (Almost to the Day)

6 months later and I'm still not entirely sure what to say. This is the fourth non-fiction book on this list, and of the top 5 only two are fiction. Two, including this one, are poems. About real people. All of which had incredible sad endings.

I listened to this in audiobook form and I think that helped it hit harder. It literally gave a voice to everyone and everything.
Very different perspective but in the end very similar emotions.

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