Ask Baba Yaga: How Do I Stop Hating Everyone?

Dear Baba Yaga,

I’ve had a rough year — I lost a parent, had one spectacularly bad break up, and experienced the explosion of an old friendship. I still have a good life and good friends, but now I hate everyone. How do I stop?


In every being ; now, you see their eyes as glinting black seeds, their limbs as sleeves of the dark roots & branches their bodies hold. Every creature now is a cloak over an evil plant, growing, wishing you ill or buckling from rot. Every where you look you see ; the clawing wasteland of yr nearest time. & Time, coming, will ungnarl the shapes you see.

Previously: How Can I Live Through These Waves Of Grief?

Taisia Kitaiskaia is a poet and writer living in Austin. She’s taking questions on behalf of Baba Yaga at askbabayaga [at]

Illustration of Baba Yaga’s hut by Katy Horan.