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October Mourning

A Song for Matthew Shepard
Newman, Lesléa (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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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.
Authors: Newman, Lesléa
Title: October mourning
a song for Matthew Shepard
Publisher: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick, 2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: xv, 111 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm.
Notes: Introduction ; Prologue : The fence (before) ; Part one : Outnumbered -- Recipe for disaster -- Something snapped -- Raising awareness -- Every mother's plea -- The truck -- Road rage -- A sorry state -- Signs of trouble -- The clothesline -- The pistol -- Witness -- The fence (that night) -- What you can do in eighteen hours -- Stars -- The wind -- The doe -- Where is my boy? -- The biker -- The patrol officer's report -- The doctor -- Housekeeper, ICU -- Lame enough -- How to have the worst day of your life -- The journalist -- Vigil: candles in the wind -- The Armbands -- Scared to death -- Heartfelt apology -- October 12, 1998 -- Now showing: Matthew's story -- Tree -- Class photo: me in the middle or "What will you be when you grow up?" -- Then and now -- Thirteen ways of looking at Matthew ; Part two : The fence (one week later) -- Stand by your man -- Accessory -- Officer of the court -- His shoes -- The frat boys -- The songwriter -- The drag queen -- The cop -- The bartender -- Let's say -- The student -- A father -- A mother -- A chorus of parents -- The church lady -- A protestor -- An angel -- Jury selection -- The prosecutor's job -- The defense's job -- Don't flatter yourself -- Sorry boy -- Logic problem -- Verdict -- Mercy -- What twenty bucks could get you in 1998 -- Wounded -- This is the hand -- Once upon a time -- The fence (after) ; Epilogue : Pilgrimage ; Afterword : Imagine --;gNotes ; Explanation of poetic forms ; Resources.
T.p. verso: "October mourning : a song for Matthew Shepard is a work of poetic imagination."
Summary: 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.
Awards & Distinctions: Stonewall Book Awards (Honor Book in Children's & Young Adult Literature), 2013
Additional Contributors: Gutman, Plynn
ISBN: 0763658073
9780763658076
Statement of Responsibility: Lesléa Newman
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Subject Headings: Novels in verse. Laramie (Wyo.) Poetry. Hate crimes Wyoming Laramie Poetry. Gay men Poetry. Gays Crimes against Poetry. Murder victims Wyoming Laramie Poetry. Murder Wyoming Laramie Poetry. Shepard, Matthew, 1976-1998 Death and burial Poetry. Shepard, Matthew, 1976-1998 Poetry. Novels in verse. Laramie (Wyo.) Juvenile poetry. Hate crimes Wyoming Laramie Juvenile poetry. Gay men Juvenile poetry. Gays Crimes against Juvenile poetry. Murder victims Wyoming Laramie Juvenile poetry. Murder Wyoming Laramie Juvenile poetry. Shepard, Matthew, 1976-1998 Death and burial Juvenile poetry. Shepard, Matthew, 1976-1998 Juvenile poetry.
Topical Term: Novels in verse.
Hate crimes
Gay men
Gays
Murder victims
Murder
Novels in verse.
Hate crimes
Gay men
Gays
Murder victims
Murder
LCCN: 2011048358
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October Mourning was a sad song/story. I enjoyed the book because the author, Lesléa Newman gave different perspectives through out the book/poem. i feel when there are different point of views in a novel the storyline it's self turns out to be a good read.

The text gave an excellent message and i would recommend this book for teens and adults.

Jun 15, 2013
  • desto77 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

FANTASTIC book! This collection of poems by Newman is intricately woven to show the different views of the people and objects that were directly and indirectly involved with the 1998 Matthew Shepard case. The brutality and pain compels the reader to continue reading, even if tears are streaming down your face. There is an excellent plethora of various poetry styles displayed in the book, including free verse, pantoum, rhyming couplets, and sonnets. An emotional journey reflecting on a true story, "October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard" is a must read for literature enthusiasts and recreational readers alike. Rest In Peace Matthew Shepard.
** My favorite poem in this collection is "The Fence (That Night)"

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Jun 15, 2013
  • desto77 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Jun 15, 2013
  • desto77 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This collection of poems by Newman is intricately woven to show the different views of the people and objects that were directly and indirectly involved with the 1998 Matthew Shepard case. The brutality and pain compels the reader to continue reading, even if tears are streaming down your face. There is an excellent plethora of various poetry styles displayed in the book, including free verse, pantoum, rhyming couplets, and sonnets. An emotional journey reflecting on a true story, "October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard" is a must read for literature enthusiasts and recreational readers alike.

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