Sunday, October 6, 2013

Ask Baba Yaga: How Can I Stop Thinking About How It Felt to Dance Drunk With Him at Midnight?

Vasillisa and the Baba Yaga by Biffno
You know that giddy feeling that comes with new love? Baba Yaga has some sage advice for people who can't seem to stop spinning from one to another.

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

I think these people may be just as addicted to reading Baba Yaga's word soups as I am:
  • "after the howl undoes itself" That makes my brain feel so happy; just one of those word sequences. (I'm Right On Top Of That, Rose))
  • "always will there be more Whirlings & more absences suck to those fragrant ribs."
    HEART HEART HEART (PomoFrannyGlass)
  • This is the only advice column that matters. (Potatotoe@twitter)
"Fragrant ribs" is a really bizarre-yet-appropriate way to describe the embrace of someone you yearn for. I guess if you choose love you should prepare to be swallowed. *gulp!*

I feel an urge to print out many of Baba Yaga's "word dancings" to pin up around the house... Reading these is a little like crack, in poetry form.

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 comment:

  1. Good advice, i one can decipher it--or even if one can't, it makes the brain work to figure it out.