October Mourning by Lesléa Newman is a gift to our generation. Despite it’s small size and dark subject matter, it ingeniously shows us with incredible accuracy the emotions felt by those that witnessed the murder of Matthew Shepard. It helps us to relive, or to live for the first time, the horrible crime that affected so many people. This masterful book of poems is filled with lessons for all of us to learn from. It captures you and makes you really think about the world we live in and how we can try to change it.