Thursday, January 10, 2013

October Mourning by Leslea Newman

 During the fall of 1998, to be precise in October a horrible hate crime was committed in the state of Wyoming. Gay Awareness Week was just getting started in University of Wyoming, not everyone agreed but it still managed to go one.
Matthew Shepard only 21 years old was invited to come along with two other young men and later a horrilbe discovery took place. Matthew was found, he had been robbed, beaten him with a pistol, tied to a buck-rail face, and left him to die in the outskirts of Laramie. He was taken to the hospital but unfortunately never regained consciousness and died.

This is a beautiful piece a work in memory to an innocent victim due to a hate crime.
October Mourning is a novel in verse, the author does a fantastic job creating poetic fictitous monologues from different points of view in Matthew's story.

RPA 01/10/2013

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