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Leslea Newman October Mourning a Song for Matthew Shepard

Writing 'October Mourning: A Song For Matthew Shepard': An 11-Year Journey

Lesléa Newman | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Lesléa Newman

I found myself scribbling in the middle of the night, in the midst of bouts of insomnia. I was inspired to write about Matt's death from the imagined perspectives of the "silent witnesses" to the murder. I wanted the stars, the fence, and the wind to symbolically bear witness to the tragedy.