Coleman Larkin 

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Pompeii


The bank
The cross
The bell in the first courthouse
The Christmas tree
The flag with fray
The municipal garage
electric for nobody
Burnouts on the river bank
More queso dip, amigos?
My friends
Bye-bye Chinese take-out guy
You grifter
You mooch
You pain management specialist
Bingo hall bandit
with custom dauber pouch
Lucky everything
Voodoo mammaw
Velcro sneakers buried in
pull-tab lotto jerkoffs
“King of the Mountains”
5 for 10 / 12 for 20
Low low EBT for cash transactions
2-for-1 pizza rolls
Monster Pepsis
Speedy Rewards points
Pack of whatevers
Slow burners
Liquid energy
Marrowbone
Dr. Gutti’s headache clinic
Faked kidney stones
Appalachian Wireless
Perry Cline dopehead house
Police scanner
Brass spittoons
Breathing machines
Thick seams
Heavy equipment
Surface rights
Mineral rights
John C.C. Mayo
Cell tower lease agreements
Coal stove cat-head biscuits
Kilt lettuce lard jar
Yard onions
Ginseng pouch
Fancy panties on layaway
Little Debbie
Microwaved MoonPies
Dollar General
Self-checkout
Hall’s Midnight Market
Redbox
Redbox
Redbox
Bribers
Suckers
Vote haulers
Crude strains
Crude strains like Jesse sang
Hand-painted Pentecostal signs
Old Regulars
Bullman Hensley
Bologna fucking sandwiches
Bituminous superstars
Gob ponds
Billboard chiropractors
Fading art
Flea market deodorant
Ziggurat highways
Pork rinds
Swirl cones
Superman ice cream in a cup
Footlongs
Slaw dogs
Beware of Dog
Pompeii



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Coleman Larkin is a chef, artist and freelance writer in Pikeville, Ky., home of the Smashburger. He is a frequent contributor to Still: The Journal. Revisit Coleman’s previous work here and here.


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