The most provocative book of poetry of 1999 is Blood and Tears: Poems for Matthew Shepard(Painted Leaf Books), and here from Boulder is its editor, Scott Gibson, and a sampling of local contributors to this unique anthology, a combination of 90s agitprop, "gay poetry," and postmodern experimentation. Matthew Shepard, a young gay student, was beaten, tortured, and left tied to a fence for eighteen hours in October 1998. He died in hospital several days later. The young editor Scott Gibson has gathered a remarkably diverse group of poets to commemorate this loss. On the first anniversary of Shepard's death, in Laramie, we gather together to witness and recall.
October 15, 1999