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I Carry My Mother
Headmistress Press, January 2015

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I Carry My Mother is a book-length cycle of poems that explores a daughter's journey through her mother's illness and death. From diagnosis through first yahrzeit (anniversary of death), the narrator grapples with what it means to lose a mother. The poems are written in form (haiku, sonnet, etc.), completely accessible, and will resonate with all who have lost someone whom they dearly love.


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October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard
Candlewick Press, 2012

On the night of October 6, 1998, Matthew Shepard, a gay, twenty-one-year-old college student was lured from a Wyoming bar by two young men, savagely beaten, tied to a remote fence, and left to die. Gay Awareness Week was beginning at the University of Wyoming, and the keynote speaker was Lesléa Newman, discussing her book Heather Has Two Mommies. Shaken, the author addressed the large audience that gathered and remained haunted by Matthew's murder.

October Mourning, a novel in verse, is her deeply felt response to the events of that tragic day. Using her poetic imagination, the author creates fictitious monologues from various points of view, including the fence Matthew was tied to, the stars that watched over him, the deer that kept him company, and Matthew himself. More than a decade later, this stunning cycle of sixty-eight poems serves as a powerful, enduring tribute to Matthew Shepard's life.

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I Remember: Hachiko Speaks
Finishing Line Press, 2012

A chapbook of poetry told in the voice of Hachiko, Japan's famous Akita, as an old dog looking back on his life. Hachiko was born in 1935 and owned by Professor Eisaburo Ueno. Every day he accompanied his master to the train station, ran home, and returned to meet him at the end of the day. One day, the Professor did not return. Hachiko waited for 10 long years, hoping to be reunited with his master.


 
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Based on the same true story as Lesléa Newman's children's book, Hachiko Waits, and the movie Hachi: A Dog's Tale starring Richard Gere and Joan Allen.
 
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