Friday, August 23, 2013

Ask Baba Yaga: All I Want Is So Desperately to Be Good

Baba Yaga Bookplate by Ukranian printmaker Konstantin Kalinovich
"I'm in the middle of a muddle, in the middle of a riddle..." how does that go? Baba Yaga will tell you. And then some. Though, I'm pretty sure, this is not the fairy tale answer the person was looking for...

This week's question and answer (via poet and oracle Taisia Kitaiskaia* of The Hairpin):
(Originally posted at The Hairpin HERE)

The discussion among commenters are my top picks this week:
  • How is this always so perfect (Gulf of Finland)
  •    - (@Gulf of Finland) Witchcraft. (I'm Right on Top of that, Rose)
  •    - @Megasus Ocean no getchu! (The ocean won't get you - Bergy Bits) Those dark longings though, sucking at the glass... *shivers* (iceberg)
  •    - - @iceberg Yr eyes do not shut! O.M.G. (SarahP)
The way "though" typed out, with the "h" somewhat transparent, definitely had me swallowing a big lump of trepidation right then. *shudder* Good luck with that Siren love you have there!

What do you think of Baba Yaga's advice?

Want to ask Baba Yaga a question of your own?
You can!
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.


  1. I would add on piece of advice to Baba Yaga's excellent observations. Remember to leave your hammer at home so when in a lovers' pique (and they do come even with true love) you do not smash the glass.

  2. And can Baba Yaga actually post a comment as she must be stumped by the prove "you are human" or "prove you are not a robot" requests when posting. Just wondering.