plain china: best undergraduate writing

Volume One : Issue Two

Man in the Movies


by Corbyn Berryman

Whitney Trail by Scott Maier Whitney Trail by Scott Maier

When he inhaled we sat big-eyed like fish.
Smoke crept out his one good red lip.
“A triumph or many deaths,” he said,
and exhaled.
He could never take any of it back—
the smoke, the way his lip curled when he said that.
He could never stand so still as we see him now,
an apparition of Quixote,
glum in our Technicolor,
blue smoke on his shoulder.
He said, “This particular life is what I fear most.”
In our seats we dreamt duplicate dreams.

About the Author


Corbyn Berryman

University of Redlands

Corbyn Berryman is a senior at the University of Redlands, majoring in creative writing.