We are unable to display your institutional affiliation without JavaScript turned on.
Browse Book and Journal Content on Project MUSE

Find using OpenURL

Labor Day
In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content:

On the day Ricky and Brandon die of heroin in the Taco Bell
parking lot, you skate home shirtless,

get lost in the hometown
heat, stab a lit candle into a chicken

pot pie, and pray to the gods of dirt. On three-day weekends,
more and more nickels at the park fall

short of the fountain; each day grows
older than the next. The clothes hangers seem to want

to be empty, the carpet full, the sun tea jug unfilled.
And you can’t drink your way out, but you will try

a fifth of Jim Beam, two Percocet, and rough sex
with a pink bandanna

for a blindfold, your first finger in the ass.
In Chumash,

Atascadero means mud-hole, means no-way-out,
bowlegged or not,

no matter what buckshot you’re carrying.
              No matter how big your dick is, when you wake up

every day in the lake of this town,
              your heart is a sunk paddleboat,

and no one has a crane or a tow winch
or a beef-red Chevy strong enough.

Ephraim Scott Sommers  

A singer and guitar player, Ephraim Scott Sommers has produced three full-length albums of music and toured both nationally with the band Siko and internationally as a solo artist. Recent poetry has appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal, Copper Nickel, Harpur Palate, The Journal, TriQuarterly, Verse Daily and elsewhere. New work is also forthcoming in American Poetry Journal and Weave Magazine. The co-editor of unread: exceptional expressions of extraordinary poetry (poetryunread.net), Ephraim is currently teaching creative writing while a PhD Candidate at Western Michigan University. Please visit: www.reverbnation.com/ephraimscottsommers.

Copyright © 2013 University of Wisconsin Board of Regents
Project MUSE® - View Citation
Ephraim Scott Sommers. "Labor Day." Cream City Review 37.2 (2013): 10-10. Project MUSE. Web. 20 Jan. 2014. <http://muse.jhu.edu/>.
Sommers, E. S.(2013). Labor Day. Cream City Review 37(2), 10. Department of English, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Retrieved January 20, 2014, from Project MUSE database.
Ephraim Scott Sommers. "Labor Day." Cream City Review 37, no. 2 (2013): 10-10. http://muse.jhu.edu/ (accessed January 20, 2014).
T1 - Labor Day
A1 - Ephraim Scott Sommers
JF - Cream City Review
VL - 37
IS - 2
SP - 10
EP - 10
PY - 2013
PB - Department of English, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
SN - 2166-014x
UR - http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/cream_city_review/v037/37.2.sommers.html
N1 - Volume 37, Number 2, Fall/Winter 2013-2014
ER -


You must be logged in through an institution that subscribes to this journal or book to access the full text.


Shibboleth authentication is only available to registered institutions.

Project MUSE

For subscribing associations only.

Research Areas


  • You have access to this content
  • Free sample
  • Open Access
  • Restricted Access