Poetry Friday: Poetry Is…Forgiving, with Elizabeth Stevens Omlor

March 29, 2013 59 Comments by Renee M. LaTulippe

Poetry Is...with Elizabeth Stevens Omlor

Time for another installment of the “Poetry Is…” series!

Today I have children’s writer and pal Elizabeth Stevens Omlor, who has catapulted to fame with her blog, Banana Peelin’. What? You don’t know it? Hie thee thither, then, friends! Especially if you love to laugh at other people’s misfortunes. You see, Elizabeth oozes so much charm that famous children’s writers open their hearts and poor out their souls right there on her blog. They tell us all about their most embarrassing moments on the road to publication — their “banana peel moments” as Elizabeth calls them — so that we may avoid these pitfalls and pratfalls on our own journeys. The blog is a treasure trove of cautionary tales and established writers that we get to laugh at with.

Take it away, Elizabeth!

orange gerbera

POETRY IS…FORGIVING
by Elizabeth Stevens Omlor

Elizabeth Stevens Omlor

To me, poetry is… FORGIVING.  Why, whatever does she mean? you ask. Well, lemme tell ya.

Poetry is forgiving. It doesn’t care WHO you are.

Mostly Monsterly by Tammi Sauer

from MOSTLY MONSTERLY by Tammi Sauer, illustrations by Scott Magoon

Don’t tell me you didn’t know MONSTERS wrote poetry!

roses are red
violets are blue
in this card
i went ACHOO!

(By the way, Mostly Monsterly should be owned by you and 23 of your closest friends!)

Poetry is forgiving. It doesn’t care WHAT you write about.

shower haiku

This is one of the seven haikus my husband wrote and left for me to discover in strategic places on Valentine’s Day.

Scrub a dub dub
bub
Beautiful skin
you caress
I love you so much!!!

This one was left by our shower in the early morning. He’s silly. =)

Poetry is forgiving. It doesn’t care WHEN you write it.

Erik and Walt Whitman

 Age doesn’t matter!
(If you don’t know about Erik, find him on his blog, This Kid Reviews Books, and on his own NWR Poetry Is post. He says poetry is MAGNIFUL. I think HE is magniful!)

Poetry is forgiving. It doesn’t care WHERE you write it.

 bathroomwall

Sometimes the beauty is easy
Sometimes you don’t have to try at all
Sometimes you can hear the wind blow
in a handshake
Sometimes there’s poetry
written right on the 
bathroom wall

Nuff said.

Poetry is forgiving. It doesn’t care WHY you write it.

bacon
Bacon. Mmmm….

Poetry is forgiving. It doesn’t care  HOW you write it.

POET

To clothe the fiery thought
In simple words succeeds,
For still the craft of genius is
To mask a king in weeds.

–Ralph Waldo Emerson

Poetry is forgiving. It just cares that you love it.

orange gerbera

About Elizabeth
Elizabeth Stevens Omlor loves slipping on banana peels. She has at least one slip a day, physically or verbally. She loves writing for children, although she has recently discovered she is a delusional rhymer. When she isn’t writing for children, you can find her having a kitchen dance party with her husband and two young children or drinking a large glass of milk. She loves milk. Yum. Especially when it’s in chocolate. She blogs about all of this here on her very slippery site!

COMING UP NEXT:

NATIONAL POETRY MONTH!

POETRY MONTH 2013

Stay tuned as the following poets stop by No Water River — complete with poetry videos — during the month of April:
George Ella Lyon
Michael Salinger
Heidi Bee Roemer
David L. Harrison
Joy Acey
Ted Scheu
Leslie Bulion
Heidi Mordhorst
Julie Larios
Janet Wong
Amy Ludwig VanDerwater
Kate Coombs
Joyce Sidman
Lee Bennett Hopkins

Not a bad lineup, eh?

The forgiving Mary Lee at A Year of Reading is hosting Poetry Friday today. Hop on over and write a haiku on her bathroom wall!
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Video location: Banana Peel Corners.

See more poems in my poetry video library.

“Poet” by Ralph Waldo Emerson is in the public domain. 

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59 Comments

  1. Elizabeth Stevens Omlor
    5 years ago

    Renee! I just adore you. Thank you so much for having me on the blog. Also, thanks for making this post look so pretty and for your kind words. xoxo

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  2. Erik - This Kid Reviews Books
    5 years ago

    Awww… thanks! Now, I crave a red crunchy thin thing-a-ling! 😉

    Your post is great!
    I like your video too.
    It is MAGNIFUL! 😀

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  3. Matt Forrest
    5 years ago

    Thanks for sharing this, Renee – I’ll definitely have to check out Elizabeth’s blog! And congratulations on completing your ‘Lachrymose’ poem – hope you were able to finally find a few dream drops!

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  4. Tina Cho
    5 years ago

    What a sweet poem! Great job!!
    Poetry on the bathroom wall sounds fun!
    ~Tina

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  5. Lori Mozdzierz
    5 years ago

    Enjoyed the post!

    Poetry done at its best is a beautiful song.

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    • Elizabeth Stevens Omlor
      5 years ago

      Thanks Lori! I could go on and on about music! It would be the longest blog post in the universe. Love that you feel the same. =) xo

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  6. Tara
    5 years ago

    Thank you for the introductions to Elizabeth and Erik, Renee and now I’m off to discover their blogs. So many poets to discover and enjoy!

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  7. Penny Klostermann
    5 years ago

    Beautiful post with some of my favorite people. It was nice to hear you read poetry, Elizabeth…you didn’t slip at all 🙂

    I’m really looking forward to April and all the treats at No Water River!

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    • Elizabeth Stevens Omlor
      5 years ago

      PENNY! I MISS YOU AND YOUR SILLY SELF! Thank you so, so much for reading. And the video….that was take like 237. 😉

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  8. Heidi
    5 years ago

    To quote Marcus Ewert (who no doubt quotes someone else when he says) “GAH!” This is why I can’t comment on others’ blog as much as I’d like!

    I get there and then there are all these interesting things and links to follow and new people to meet and then it’s 20 minutes later and–

    thanks to you and Elizabeth. Poetry IS forgiving, innit?

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  9. Andromeda Jazmon
    5 years ago

    What fun! Thanks for sharing this poetry wisdom! My favorite is the bathroom wall poem. Looking forward to April here!!!

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    • Elizabeth Stevens Omlor
      5 years ago

      Andromeda! I love your name! Thank you so much for reading. I loved the bathroom wall one too. But of course, I love my husband’s best of all. =)

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  10. Joanna
    5 years ago

    Swoon! This is such a lovely, encouraging blog post!

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  11. Cathy Mealey
    5 years ago

    Forgiving and sweet!

    How do I love thee poetry? Let me count the ways…

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  12. jama
    5 years ago

    What a sweet, fun post. Have slipped by Elizabeth’s blog a few times myself :). Enjoyed the Whitman reading and seeing Erik the Great’s pic next to him.

    What a great roster of guests you have lined up for PM! I’ve added your info to my Kidlit PM Roundup post. 🙂

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  13. Iza Trapani
    5 years ago

    How lovely, Bananabeth! I also loved seeing the magniful Erik next to Whitman.Nice reading and so great to hear your voice and see your warm smile.
    And what a romantic husband you have! 🙂

    Renee, I can’t wait to read your Lachrymose poem.I knew you could do it!

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    • Elizabeth Stevens Omlor
      5 years ago

      IZA!!!!! So great to see you here! Thanks so much for your kind words and yes, I do have a romantic husband. =) Thank you SO much for reading.

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  14. Ruth
    5 years ago

    Wonderful! Poetry IS forgiving!

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  15. Catherine Johnson
    5 years ago

    I love the weeds/ king combination. I’ll have to get over to Elizabeth’s blog. Happy PF!

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  16. julie rowan zoch
    5 years ago

    Next post should be Erik having a conversation with Walt! Or a bacon vs. Bacon poem challenge: “O let the saints bear in their mouth his praise” – Okay, I fried, I mean tried! lol
    Great stuff Elizabeth and Renee!

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    • Elizabeth Stevens Omlor
      5 years ago

      OMG Julie. You had me cracking up!!!! I second both of those recommendations. Thanks so much for reading!!

      Reply

  17. Donna Smith
    5 years ago

    I’ve done the first read through, now to catch the links! Love the bacon poem/poster! And you know, I like milk in my chocolate, too!

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  18. Carter Higgins
    5 years ago

    Elizabeth rules.
    This is the best I can do.
    I love bacon, too.

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    • Elizabeth Stevens Omlor
      5 years ago

      HAHAHA!
      Carter’s the best.
      Love her so much.
      FALOMGINS.

      =)

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      • Erik - This Kid Reviews Books
        4 years ago

        “FALOMGINS”??? I quote, to the awesome bacon-loving poem-spewing viewers of this blog:

        “Haikus are easy
        But sometimes they don’t make sense
        Refrigerator”

        And one of my own:

        Breakfast is so great.
        You can have a lot of things.
        Like hash and bacon.

        😉

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  19. Charles Waters
    5 years ago

    Thanks for highlighting Elizabeth! Can’t wait to see the videos and the interviews of who you have in store in April. Really looking forward to Heidi, Michael, Janet and of course LBH!

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  20. Bridget Magee
    5 years ago

    Fun post – love Elizabeth’s sentiment – poetry IS forgiving – the good, the bad, and the ugly. Loving it is all that matters. Good luck in the Final Four – you worked wonders with “Lachrymose”. =)

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  21. Joyce Ray
    5 years ago

    Thanks for the fun post! Can’t wait for your April poetry videos!

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  22. Linda Baie
    5 years ago

    Thanks for all the fun. I needed a good laugh this Friday evening. I will run over to Elizabeth’s blog to see what other good stuff is there, & I know Erik’s, have shared it at school-terrific recommendations there all the time! Love the shower poem. I used to have a student who told me she wrote all her poems in the shower; her mom bought her those soap crayons!

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    • Elizabeth Stevens Omlor
      5 years ago

      Linda! I consider the fact that you laughed the highest compliment. And that is one smart mma you mentioned! I think I may invest in some of those crayons for myslf. =) Thanks for your comment.

      Reply

  23. Margaret Simon
    5 years ago

    I had to share the bacon one with my nephew. He made a funny face. Wish I could post the picture of it here. Priceless. Love the fun!

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    • Elizabeth Stevens Omlor
      5 years ago

      Margaret! I LOVE the bacon poem. I made me giggle for like a whole day after I read it. Gllad you ejoyed it too. =) Thanks for your comment

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  24. Susanna Leonard Hill
    5 years ago

    Awesome post, Renee and Elizabeth (long time no see! :)) Tons of fun! I think my favorite part was the bacon part. That’s how I write poetry 🙂

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    • Elizabeth Stevens Omlor
      5 years ago

      SUSANNA! Thank you so, so much for your comment. Great to hear from you! I denitely realed to the bacon poem as well. Maybe that’w why it made me laugh so hard. =) Hope all is going well for you! xo

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  25. laurasalas
    5 years ago

    What a gorgeous post. This will have me smiling all weekend:>)

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    • Elizabeth Stevens Omlor
      5 years ago

      Well, Laura, that is such a nice thing to say! So glad it made you smile. Now I will be smilig knowng that YOU are smiling. One of those full circle things. =) Thank you so much for your comment!

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  26. Amy Ludwig VanDerwater
    5 years ago

    What fun! And what a sweet hubby. I am so happy to know about Elizabeth’s blog and to have heard her read this Emerson poem. That one is going to stick to my ribs – copying it into my notebook now. So true. Many thanks to both of you for this post. xo, a.

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    • Elizabeth Stevens Omlor
      5 years ago

      Amy! Thank you so much for your kind words. I’m glad it sticks to your ribs. =) Thanks for reading!

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  27. Renee M. LaTulippe
    5 years ago

    For still the craft of genius is
    To mask a king in weeds.

    How gorgeous is that?

    Elizabeth, thank you for sharing your quirky and delightful jaunt through poetry with all of us. You are one of a kind. GIGANTIC smooches to you! 🙂

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    • Elizabeth Stevens Omlor
      5 years ago

      Well, I sure am glad the poem worked out after my little snafu! Ack! So, so honored to be invited to post among you and other awesome people! In disbelief, to tell you the truth. HUGS. Thanks so much, again.

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  28. Robyn Hood Black
    5 years ago

    Well, I didn’t get to this party yesterday, but thanks for leaving out the banana bread and a balloon. Had no idea what to expect from Renee’s post title – what a fun surprise!

    Elizabeth, thanks for bringing your charm our way this week, and I enjoyed visiting your blog. :0)

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  29. Hannah Holt
    5 years ago

    What a treat to see you read, Elizabeth! And thanks for the reminder that poetry is forgiving. And, bacon.

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  30. Irene Latham
    5 years ago

    I’ve never thought about poetry as forgiving, and you know what? Now I will never think about it as NOT forgiving! Thank you both.

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