Ischemia: Restoring Flow is a word art chronicle of the depths and heights of human experience. This collection is a poetic journey born of tragedy, triumph, dark nights, and bright dawns. With vulnerability on showcase, Krista Hammerbacher Haapala summons the reader into their own resilience, evolution, and the power of their unique mindvoice. Dubbed “a little transcendentalist, a little bit rock and roll” by Library Journal, the poet invokes pain, passion, and pleasure as the lifeblood of this quantum entangled earthly adventure.
To honor her mother’s deathbed advice to head off breast cancer and “be there” for her boys, Krista Hammerbacher Haapala chose to trade healthy breasts for longevity and peace of mind. In Body 2.0, Krista chronicles the personal research, medical process, bodily changes, and the emotional toll involved in the more than two-year odyssey of what she referred to as her “Body 2.0 vision quest.”
Through it all, Krista shares her insights for living awake during even the darkest times, and captures the raw ebbs and flows she and her family experience in the face of her wrenching decision. She takes on body image, the sexualization of breast cancer, motherhood, and maternal relationships, as well as how to sustain an intimate, loving partnership. An unflinching, irreverent take on preventative double mastectomy, Body 2.0 is a guide to reframing adversity, finding inspiration, and shaping your own life.
a human believing in or practicing religious heresy.
a human holding an opinion at odds with what is generally accepted.
synonyms: dissenter, nonconformist, freethinker, iconoclast
Unlearn Moderation is a challenge for readers to be heretical and truly connect, to the words and to the world around them. Following 39 revolutions: a utilitarian poetry creation, Krista Hammerbacher Haapala’s second poetry collection inspires introspection and catalyzes mindful action. As a counterpoint to the fly-by culture, the poet encourages the radical action of slowing down. This mindfood reminds readers to savor, indulge, and luxuriate in the excesses of love and life.
Reminding readers “every choice shapes the world,” Krista’s distinctive poetic style incites personal interpretation. Every thinker is invited to find their own unique application of her words. While the collection speaks its message of authenticity and connection, each work provokes the reader to find their own power in living awake.