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
Take it away, Elizabeth!
by 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
Poetry is forgiving. It doesn’t care WHY you write it.
Poetry is forgiving. It doesn’t care HOW you write it.
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.
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!
Visit Elizabeth here! Banana Peelin’: The Ups and Downs of Becoming a Children’s Writer[divider=”1″]
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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.
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
Awww… thanks! Now, I crave a red crunchy thin thing-a-ling! 😉
Your post is great!
I like your video too.
It is MAGNIFUL! 😀
Hooray for bacon! Hooray for MAGNIFUL! Hooray for you! =)
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!
Please do Matt! Thanks so much for stopping by. =)
What a sweet poem! Great job!!
Poetry on the bathroom wall sounds fun!
Yay, Tina! Thanks so much for reading. Great to see you here. xo
Enjoyed the post!
Poetry done at its best is a beautiful song.
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
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!
Yay! Happy discovering Tara!
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!
PENNY! I MISS YOU AND YOUR SILLY SELF! Thank you so, so much for reading. And the video….that was take like 237. 😉
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?
Ha! Heidi. You’re funny. And so is Marcus Ewert. =) Thanks so much for reading!
What fun! Thanks for sharing this poetry wisdom! My favorite is the bathroom wall poem. Looking forward to April here!!!
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. =)
Swoon! This is such a lovely, encouraging blog post!
Yay, Joanna! Thank you SO much for reading! So glad you liked it. xo
Forgiving and sweet!
How do I love thee poetry? Let me count the ways…
Aw. Thanks so much Cathy! Great to see you here. =)
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. 🙂
Hi Jarm! So great to see you here! I loved putting Erik next to Whitman. =) Thanks for reading!
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!
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.
Wonderful! Poetry IS forgiving!
Thanks so much Ruth!
I love the weeds/ king combination. I’ll have to get over to Elizabeth’s blog. Happy PF!
Thanks for reading Catherine!!!
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!
OMG Julie. You had me cracking up!!!! I second both of those recommendations. Thanks so much for reading!!
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!
Ha! You have good taste in food! Thanks for reading, Donna!
This is the best I can do.
I love bacon, too.
Carter’s the best.
Love her so much.
“FALOMGINS”??? I quote, to the awesome bacon-loving poem-spewing viewers of this blog:
“Haikus are easy
But sometimes they don’t make sense
And one of my own:
Breakfast is so great.
You can have a lot of things.
Like hash and bacon.
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!
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”. =)
Thank you so much for reading Bridget!
Thanks for the fun post! Can’t wait for your April poetry videos!
Thank you for reading Joyce. =)
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!
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.
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!
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
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 🙂
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
What a gorgeous post. This will have me smiling all weekend:>)
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!
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.
Amy! Thank you so much for your kind words. I’m glad it sticks to your ribs. =) Thanks for reading!
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! 🙂
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.
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)
Yay! Thank you for you kind words Robyn! And thanks for trekking over to the blog!
What a treat to see you read, Elizabeth! And thanks for the reminder that poetry is forgiving. And, bacon.
Ha! Hannah, you’re funny. Bacon. Thanks so much for your comment. Love seeing you here!
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.
No, thank YOU so much for Irene for reading. =)