Bay Quaderer: A Worded Emotion

By Michelle “Kanatihal” Hill

bay quadererBay Quaderer's page is more than a website—it’s a modern day book of poems. Upon first click of the site’s webpage, I immediately found myself responding to the site’s inviting layout. The hues of pink gave the poetry the spine that a book would provide. This makes the site feel both familiar to traditional poetry patrons and inviting to modern readers. Yet the content of the poems supersedes the medium it’s delivered through and as I clicked my way through the site the texts stirred many different emotions within me.

Case in point, “The Whispering Before the Dawn Beautiful” is a poem filled with what seemed to be a quiet heartache with lines such as “Close my eyes and wish tomorrow never comes.” For me, poetry is always interpretation and perception of the reader. I surmised the poem was in honor of the anniversary of a loved one gone too soon and it felt like these words echoed those of my heart.

“Blood Ink” reads, “each soft stroke of my pen relives a memory distant but oh so clear.” I loved that line! I think every writer and poet can relate to this. A writer/poet knows it and feels it each time our fingers feel the blank pages of a new notebook or the keys on our keyboards. Although each writer writes with different intentions, I think we can all agree that we want people to keep reading our work. That line compelled me to read further. It seems that this poem and “The Whispering Before the Dawn Beautiful” may go hand in hand, a series of moments in an author’s life.

I scanned the pink boxes of the webpage for other catchy titles. I was drawn to “Heaven and Hell Collide.” As I read, I could feel the poet’s questions of self-worth.“WE” seemed to be written for the protectors out at Standing Rock, North Dakota stopping the Dakota Access Pipeline in the name of all that’s right. This poem was a timely piece about the battle they fight daily.

My one complaint is that my enjoyment was halted by crude political ads from Donald Trump. This perplexed me and so clicked on “about this ad” to further investigate. I quickly learned that the site is partially funded by the pop-up adds and it appears there is little discretion as to what type of adds appear—hence Trump’s campaign ad. It also said that I could report offensive ads, which I did contemplate. But just as we need honest poets, I believe our country must protect its freedom of speech and expression.

With an array of passionate poems to click on, Bay Quaderer's page is a delightful site to bookmark. Here’s the link, check it out for yourself:

Michelle “Kanatihal” Hill is an Oneida writer.