October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shephard

Jane    December 10, 2012

What You Can Do in Eighteen Hours

Write a term paper

Cram for a final

Fly across the ocean

Drive cross-country

Scale a mountain

Run a marathon

Deliver a baby

Read War and Peace

Fall in love

Fall out of love

See the moon disappear

Watch the sun rise and set

Wait to be discovered

lashed to a fence

Shivering under a blanket

of stars

On the evening of October 6, 1998, two men lured Matthew Shephard, a gay college student, into their truck. They beat him repeatedly and then tied him to a fence where they left him to die. Five days later,  author Lesléa Newman came to town to speak at Gay Awareness Week. In October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shephard, she tells the his story through fictional poems and with different voices (the judge, the fence, the wind, the doctor and more).