Babak Lakghomi

Babak Lakghomi is the author of Floating Notes (Tyrant Books, 2018). His fiction has appeared in or forthcoming from NOON, New York Tyrant, Green Mountains Review, and Egress among other places.

I KEPT LOOKING FOR IT by Babak Lakghomi

After working as a dish washer, my sister found me a job that paid more than the minimum wage. Every morning, I had to wear a wetsuit and dip my hand deep into a pool of sewage for a sample. Sometimes I had to get into tanks and wash off sludge from filters with a hose. Otherwise, I mostly sat in a control room full of screens with the other operators. I kept an eye on pumps turning on and off, numbers changing on screens. I had only dropped out of college in the third year, so this was the…

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