Throughout One Step: Prayers and Curses runs a tightly controlled undercurrent of emotion. Controlled, but not muted, these poems take the small moments of ordinary life and cast them into the kaleidoscopic lens of extraordinary circumstances. The story here is quiet, heart-wrenching; the mastery of language is unmistakable.
Mark Kerstetter is an artist and writer living in St. Petersburg, Florida. He is a two-time award winner for drawing and painting at the Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, a winner of the Jerry Jazz Musician New Short Fiction Award for his story Mountain, and a Pushcart Prize nominee for his poem Moonwalker, published by Poetry Box. Mark is the former poetry editor for the online arts magazine Escape Into Life and the author of The Mockingbird Sings blog. His poems have appeared in many journals, including Evergreen Review, Connotation Press and Unlikely Stories.