WELL, GUESS WHAT? we can.
YEAH, YOU, THE KID WITH THE INK-STAINED FINGERS
AND LOOK OF DESPAIR. YOU’RE A WRITER, RIGHT? OF
COURSE YOU ARE. WHAT WOULD YOU THINK IF I SAID,
THE QUIZ & QUILL is calling for submissions for
the 2012 single-author chapbook.
Compile 12-25 pages of your original work in a single document. These pages
can consist of any genre and any number of pieces. (We recommend more than
one piece.) These will be the pieces that are published if you win.1
All years and majors are encouraged to submit. Open
to current Otterbein students only. English senior
writing projects are not eligible. The Q&Q staff will
vote on all submissions in the next few weeks.
Send your submission as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org by
Monday, April 9, at 5 p.m. In the body of your email, include the name and
page number of each piece. (Makes it easier on us.)
good luck and happy writing!
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BLUE LIPSIN THE
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TULIPS IN THE GUTTER,
BLUE LIPS IN THE GARDEN
A COLLECTION OF POETRY BY
JORDY LAWRENCE STEWART
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Hallelujah West Park Street
I Shake Myself to Sleep Sometimes
If I Don’t Make It to Sleep Tonight
There’s a Coupe Parked on the Pine Trees
Here’s Looking at You, Kid
Frame It and Hang It in the Basement
A Blue Jean Wax Poetic
Last Lines of the Year
So I Am a Ghost Tonight
If You’re Gonna Break It, Break It Clean
I’d Write You a Letter, But I’m No Letter Writer
About the Author
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I’d like to thank my mother and father for their hard work and faith
in my passion. I’d also like to thank my sister for picking me up many,
many times and for my good friends who kept me from falling too far
down. Finally, for the girl who filled up my head and heart with most of
these words, thank you for your patience and spirit, as I must
apologize for the breaking of mine.
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jazz survives on the splashes
of a beat up cymbal swinging
onto an ocean wave of cool.
a ukulele boy singing out in his
bare feet, vocalizing his bare soul.
the night is ripe – right as rain.
black, steel arches dressed up
in white lights painting stars
on the flowing parade of cars.
a turn of the hips and you’ve got
cloud nine echoing from a p.a.
blaring beautiful lungs at high E.
you want a cigarette and you
don’t even smoke but the night
is smoking. step on out and hear
the chatter of a hundred bars
with a hundred different names,
and a million different people
who have a million different stories to tell.
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through my light frames
i look through tall windows
onto hung artwork without frames,
just as free as the hands that painted
them. in the steaming machinery
of human traffic there’re six legs
and maybe one or two shared
hearts, a shop for every country
and an open doorway to get you there.
could life be so easy? the world so small?
i snap back to my senses snapping
my fingers 1,2,1,2,3,4. duh dah duh.
the sidewalk arrives to the impressionists
and their statements, ladders and brushes,
creativity’s sweat and time on a twenty
foot stretch of wall and now i’ve got a legion of
aspiration calling for war in my unfit mind.
beggars working the corner shake their
cups in the rhythm of the beating street:
sadness, confusion, sincerity – can you dig it?
i’d say endlessly.
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QJORDY LAWRENCE STEWART
&AHow long have you been writing poetry?
I started writing poetry when I was thirteen or fourteen. It was ter-
rible stuff too, but I soon found myself falling in love with the craft, so
it’s been about a ten-year love affair so far.
What is your inspiration when working with style and content?
I read a lot of poetry, so it’s hard to peg any one person. I enjoy the
Beats and their style and sense of language. The kind of madness for
form they had – that recklessness and rambling – it really changed how
I looked at poetry. Diversity is the key. I can be reading with Shake-
speare one night and having a drink with Bukowski the next. I take it
wherever I can find it, whatever “it” is anyway.
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What is the story behind your title, Tulips in the Gutter, Blue
Lips in the Garden?
I’ve been in the position in my life where I had to make the most
out of a bad time or sink down with it, and I was there doing that with
some of the best people I know. We were all kind of tulips – out bloom-
ing in places we shouldn’t have been blooming, all wild-like in the bear
rain and snow. The blue lips part is just another spin on that idea I
guess. To be blue-lipped, tired, beaten, but not quite defeated and in a
beautiful spot all at the same time. I think there’s something to be said
for those days and people. We were all just kids out there.
Which poem is your favorite from the collection and why?
I don’t think I could pick a favorite. Some of them were easier to
write than others, but that doesn’t make one any better than the other.
They all have a place for me.
If you could give yourself advice as a beginning writer what
would it be?
If you don’t feel like you have to write, then don’t write. Many
people want to be a “writer.” But I think a lot of the time writers find
themselves writing when they wish they could be out doing other
things. The writer is a slave to his or her words and perceptions.
There’s usually no want at all – only the need. I tell myself to put the
“what I want” of my writing to the side. It only gets in the way.
What writers do you enjoy, even if they do not directly
influence your style?
J.D. Salinger is at the top of the list. He had such an innate ability
and understanding of his own work. You have faith and conflict with
these people he wrote to life. I’ve always respected and admired that
quality in a writer, and he’s the first person who comes to mind.
If you could smoke a cigarette with one poet, who would it be
and what would you say?
Maybe Keats, yeah, I think it would be Keats, at least right at this
moment. He was around my age when he was doing his thing, and he
was bold when it came to writings of the heart. It’s hard to walk that
line between what should be made public and what should stay private.
I’d ask him about that, if he was ever self-conscious or afraid of that
thin distinction of choice. Though I don’t know how the smoking would
go over with him.
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What challenges did you face while writing the collection?
There are pieces in this collection that span from one month ago to
three years ago. It was hard putting together a collection of the right
variety and cohesion. It was also difficult cutting a final product that I
thought people would want to read.
How much sleep did you lose preparing these pieces for
I don’t think I could count the hours. It was more the wild nights of
thinking and self-derision that came before the actual writing of some
of these poems that ate up most of my nights. I was going on one or
two hours of sleep a night back in the fall. That was when I was doing
my best writing though.
What is your project as a poet?
I want to inspire people, but not in a conventional way. I want
people to feel something – hopefully something refreshing – and I want
them to get all crazy about it. There are lives being lived that people
don’t normally like to talk about or ignore entirely, but there’s always
more to it than that. I guess the catalyst of my work is that taboo Amer-
ican story, but my project is everything else that surrounds it. There’s
no time for apathy or ignorance, and that’s why poetry is important to
What do you hope people will take away from this collection of
Joy, sorrow and everything in between – if the reader could pick up
this collection and feel something different from the time before they
picked it up – that would be enough for me.
Why don’t you use capitalization in your poems?
I do, but rarely. Capitalization is a device I like to use to give more
meaning to something in the poem or to show that something is “big-
ger” than I am.
What advice do you have for beginning poets?
Read twice as much as you write, and don’t take life too seriously.
What would you like to do after college?
I’d like to teach college English and hopefully publish some of my
work on the side. Traveling is also something I’d like to do.
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THE QUIZ&quilL SINGLE-AUTHOR CHAPBOOKis a yearly publication filled entirely with the work of one author. To determine who this author
is, the Q&Q editorial staff reviews and votes on the submissions of multiple authors. During the
voting process, all works are left unsigned to ensure total objectivity. This year, the poetry of
junior Jordy Lawrence Stewart, a creative writing major, was selected to be published in the
single-author chapbook. For more information on Jordy, flip to the Q&A in the last few pages of