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  1. 1. HEY YOU!YEAH, YOU, THE KID WITH THE INK-STAINED FINGERSAND LOOK OF DESPAIR. YOU’RE A WRITER, RIGHT? OFCOURSE YOU ARE. WHAT WOULD YOU THINK IF I SAID, i’m from a literary magazine, and we’d LIKE TO Print A FULL BOOK OF YOUR work. oh, AND we’D like TO DO IT FOR FREE.WELL, GUESS WHAT? we can.THE QUIZ & QUILL is calling for submissions forthe 2012 single-author chapbook. ENTRY RULES Compile 12-25 pages of your original work in a single document. These pages 1 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. Send your submission as an attachment to quizandquill@otterbein.edu by 2 Monday, April 9, at 5 p.m. In the body of your email, include the name and Quiz& page number of each piece. (Makes it easier on us.) All years and majors are encouraged to submit. Open Quill to current Otterbein students only. English senior 3 writing projects are not eligible. The Q&Q staff will vote on all submissions in the next few weeks.good luck and happy writing!
  2. 2. QUIZ&quilL SINGLE-AUTHOR CHAPBOOK 2012Tulips IN THEGUTTER,BLUE LIPS IN THEGARDENJORDYLAWRENCESTEWART SINGLE-AUTHOR CHAPBOOK 2012 | 1
  3. 3. TULIPS IN THE GUTTER, BLUE LIPS IN THE GARDEN A COLLECTION OF POETRY BY JORDY LAWRENCE STEWART QUIZ&quilLSINGLE-AUTHOR CHAPBOOK 2012 SINGLE-AUTHOR CHAPBOOK 2012 | 3
  4. 4. QUIZ&quillotterbein university’s student LITerary MAGazineMANAGING EDITOR Tony DeGenaroPAGE DESIGNER Mike CirelliCOPY EDITOR Whitney Reedadvertising COORDINATOR Jeff Kintnerfaculty advisor Dr. Shannon LakanenStaffMackenzie BoyerEmily ClarkKayla ForsheyMeg FreadoDanielle GaglianoAlyssa MazeyBrittany PeltierKathleen Agnes QuigleyJordy Lawrence StewartJOIN OUR STAFFQ&Q is always looking for students to join our staff.All years and majors are welcome. We meet everyThursday from 5-6:30. Email quizandquill@otterbein.edu for more information.SUBMISSION POLICYQ&Q prides itself on publishing the highest qualitycreative work. Therefore, every precaution is takento assure a writer’s anonymity during the selectionprocess. Only the advisor of Q&Q knows the identi-ties of those who submit work to the magazine untilafter staff members’ selections are finalized.CONTACT USSend all inquiries to quizandquill@otterbein.edu. 4 | QUIZ&quilL
  5. 5. TABLE OFCONTENTS Short North 8 Hallelujah West Park Street 10 I Shake Myself to Sleep Sometimes 13 Edisto 15 Raging Bull 17 If I Don’t Make It to Sleep Tonight 20 There’s a Coupe Parked on the Pine Trees 22 Here’s Looking at You, Kid 24 Frame It and Hang It in the Basement 26 A Blue Jean Wax Poetic 28 Last Lines of the Year 30 So I Am a Ghost Tonight 33 If You’re Gonna Break It, Break It Clean 36 I’d Write You a Letter, But I’m No Letter Writer 40 Ashes, Ashes 42 About the Author 44 SINGLE-AUTHOR CHAPBOOK 2012 | 5
  6. 6. 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 fardown. 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. SINGLE-AUTHOR CHAPBOOK 2012 | 7
  7. 7. SHORT NORTH 9/10/11 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.8 | QUIZ&quilL
  8. 8. through my light framesi look through tall windowsonto hung artwork without frames,just as free as the hands that paintedthem. in the steaming machineryof human traffic there’re six legsand maybe one or two sharedhearts, a shop for every countryand an open doorway to get you there.could life be so easy? the world so small?i snap back to my senses snappingmy fingers 1,2,1,2,3,4. duh dah duh.the sidewalk arrives to the impressionistsand their statements, ladders and brushes,creativity’s sweat and time on a twentyfoot stretch of wall and now i’ve got a legion ofaspiration calling for war in my unfit mind.beggars working the corner shake theircups in the rhythm of the beating street:sadness, confusion, sincerity – can you dig it?i’d say endlessly. SINGLE-AUTHOR CHAPBOOK 2012 | 9
  9. 9. Q&A JORDY LAWRENCE STEWART How 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.  44 | QUIZ&quilL
  10. 10. What is the story behind your title, Tulips in the Gutter, BlueLips in the Garden? I’ve been in the position in my life where I had to make the mostout of a bad time or sink down with it, and I was there doing that withsome 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 bearrain and snow. The blue lips part is just another spin on that idea Iguess. To be blue-lipped, tired, beaten, but not quite defeated and in abeautiful spot all at the same time. I think there’s something to be saidfor 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 towrite 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 whatwould it be? If you don’t feel like you have to write, then don’t write. Manypeople want to be a “writer.” But I think a lot of the time writers findthemselves writing when they wish they could be out doing otherthings. 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 directlyinfluence your style? J.D. Salinger is at the top of the list. He had such an innate abilityand understanding of his own work. You have faith and conflict withthese people he wrote to life. I’ve always respected and admired thatquality 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 beand what would you say? Maybe Keats, yeah, I think it would be Keats, at least right at thismoment. He was around my age when he was doing his thing, and hewas bold when it came to writings of the heart. It’s hard to walk thatline 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 thatthin distinction of choice. Though I don’t know how the smoking wouldgo over with him. SINGLE-AUTHOR CHAPBOOK 2012 | 45
  11. 11. 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 publication? 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 me. What do you hope people will take away from this collection of poetry? 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.46 | QUIZ&quilL
  12. 12. THE QUIZ&quilL SINGLE-AUTHOR CHAPBOOK is 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 of48 |chapbook. the QUIZ quilL &

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