Ask Baba Yaga: Should I Put Out The Fire In My Belly?

Baba Fire

Transcript after the jump.

Dear Baba Yaga,

For most of my life, I have been quiet and passive, but in the last few years I began to identify as a fiery person. I am opinionated and impatient, quick to anger. I recognize that this is harmful to my relationships with others, but at the same time, I am proud of this fire in my belly. What do I do?


Mortals first made fire out of Need. It was a dangerous animal ; they knew not to get too close ; & yet they gathered around it, ate from it. Everyone must be afraid of that which burns & ruins, & yet life without fire is dark & comfortless, the food one eats cold. Everyone needs yr fire. As you tend it by day & by night, you will become a master of yr flame.

Previously: What’s the Difference Between Adventure and Destruction?

Taisia Kitaiskaia is a poet, writer, and Michener Center for Writers fellow. She’s taking questions on behalf of Baba Yaga at