As It Ought to Be Magazine is proud to nominate the following poems and essays for the 2020 Best of the Net Anthology
Rusty Barnes: The Act of Working
Caroliena Cabada: True Story
Leslie M. Rupracht: Hess Trucks and the End of the Double Standard
Anna Saunders: The Delusion of Glass
Dameion Wagner: I Have Returned Home
Brian Chander Wiora: We Might Have Existed
Cody Sexton: The Body of Shirley Ann Sexton
Carrie Thompson: I Don’t Want Your Hug
Thanks to all of our nominees for sharing their work with As It Ought It To Be Magazine!
– Chase Dimock
Image Credit: O.F. Baxter “Pointer Dog” (1860s) Digital image courtesy of the Getty’s Open Content Program
The Act of Working
The act of working occupied
my father like an obsession,
a crushing sixty hours a week,
running a loader over and over
again into heaps of gravel
and sand, piling dump trucks
full and sending them out into
the world. Rock he loaded built
prisons and roads all over
the states of NY and PA
but he came home every night
dirty and so exhausted he’d
eat then fall asleep, cigarette
still in his fingers and I write
this poem over and over,
seeing my father lie there,
hoping somehow this poem,
this time, will end differently.
About the Author: Rusty Barnes lives in Revere MA with his family. His poems appear widely, in Plumb, Heavy Feather Review, and Black Coffee Review, most recently. His latest chapbook, Apocalypse in A-Minor, is out from Analog Submission Press.
Image Credit: Lewis Hine “Factory Worker” (1931) Digital image courtesy of the Getty’s Open Content Program.