|Baba Yaga 1966 by Blair Lent (aka Ernest Small)|
She said it extremely nicely, all things considered (no "eat you own teeth so you are more aware of your smile" or anything), but then she could see the scared one inside.
(I'm still kind of surprised Baba Yaga didn't make "grind your bones" noises but maybe the sound of the person doing that to themselves was more than enough for the Yaga.)
What do you think of Baba Yaga's advice?
Want to ask Baba Yaga a question of your own?
There's now an email address where you can send your questions
directly to Baba Yaga herself.
AskBabaYaga AT gmail DOT com
To encourage Baba Yaga to continue imparting her no-bones-about-it wisdom (ok, there may be some gristle in there... bones too), I suggest we not to leave her box empty...
Thank you Baba Yaga (& Taisia).
* Taisia Kitaiskaia is a poet, writer, and Michener Center for Writers fellow. Born in Russia and raised in America, she's had her poems and translations published in Narrative Magazine, Poetry International, and others.