I think poets are always hungry. Hungry to write more, to put their thoughts in rhyme(or not!), perhaps even hungry in the literal sense! But its rare to come across that hunger in the space’s name. I think, without doubt, Word Salad is a delicious blog! And today, we dive in to savor some avocado, feta cheese and olives in the salad bowl, along with the lettuce! Bon appetit, friends!
Who’s the Master Chef?
The master chef at Word Salad is Luke Prater, resident in South Devon, England, thirty three years old. He has a degree in English Literature. His love for English began early, but the passion for poetry started much later, when he was twenty seven, and sought a much needed path to escape stressful times. Prose was far too long, and the poet’s journey began here... evolving into a big part of his life, and giving him a much needed mode for expressions.
The Salad Bowl:
The blog, Word Salad, according to the archives has been active since April 2010. There are 31 posts till date, and various forms of poetry, like tercets, sonnets, villanelles etc. along with free verse, form key ingredients. The design, like the name, is simple. A light grey background with black header gives an attractive look to it. One sidebar holds all widgets and a separate page is there for the awards of appreciation from the poetic community. There is a contact widget, for those who wish to send Luke a message and also the subscribe button is enabled in the sidebar so you can get his updates by e-mail.
Luke’s love for tasty poetry is evident from each post. The blog has 29 poems over various forms. I’m quite new to the triolet form myself, and his latest post, Slipped from Sixers is a perfect one, IMO. Rhyme and flow mark almost all his poetry, the sonnet and villanelle his most preferred so far going away from free verse. The poetry also has a lyrical quality about them, and it can easily be read in tune with a beat to it. The similarity to spoken English is there in some of his poems, the most recent of which is World Makes The Music Go Round. This also makes me applaud the way he titles his poems, and wonder if it is in flow too or well thought out!
The poetry has a distinct structure to it, and images are quite matching to the posts. Themes vary from nature and sex to hair and politics. When he attempts a form that’s difficult for some of us to comprehend, he does give an explanation. He even, at times, tells us what inspired him to write that poem. There is depth even in simple language here.
Perhaps, a different template might suit you better. Try one with a custom header perhaps, with a salad bowl as the image. Though, I emphasize, it is just a suggestion and you’re free to retain this one of course!
The Chef de Review:
I’m Leo, author of I Rhyme Without Reason, co-host of Review Tuesdays here at Jingle Poetry along with Someone is Special. Hope you enjoy reading about the blogs, and do go read them too. Hope I did this review justice, Luke. Do let me know how you found it, or if I went wrong somewhere!