Alex Steelsmith


Mother, Superior

On page 11 of his autobiography, Joe Biden recalls his mother confronting a seventh-grade nun
who mocked him for stuttering: She “walked over in front of the nun and said,
‘If you ever speak to my son like that again, I’ll come back and rip that bonnet off your head.
Do you understand me?’”

Nunnery punnery,
Catherine Finnegan
said, “Your behavior is
shameful at most.

Can it, or I’ll be your
Either way, sister, your
habit is toast!”

Prime Time

In 2018, Forbes reported that Jeff Bezos had surpassed a net worth of $100 billion,
becoming the world’s first centibillionaire.

Jeffrey P. Jorgensen
sped past a milestone that
stands for all time,

though it now seems that the
still hadn’t entered his
Amazon Prime.

Book Reviews


Tippety toppety
Absalom, Absalom!,
crucible into which
Faulkner compressed

multiple narratives
may be his Absolute,
Absolute best.


Notable quotable
Illness as Metaphor
shouldn’t be read when your
health isn’t good;

dealing with illnesses
causes the text to be


Priggery triggery
Tropic of Capricorn,
seen as offensive, was
censored at birth.

Later it rallied and,
claiming its latitude,
circled the earth.

A writer and fine artist, Alex Steelsmith has coauthored three nonfiction books and numerous articles for various publications, including USA Today. In addition to Light, Alex’s poems have appeared in The Spectator, The Washington Post, The Lyric, Snakeskin, Lighten Up Online, Parody, and other venues. His artwork has been shown in many museums and galleries, and is in the Smithsonian’s permanent collection.