• Refuge Online Journal

;beirut.

Mai Serhan


;beirut[1].




glassless tonight/a city


with more legroom, we curl.

Heads at half-mast pity


the bins, the bombs, the girl.


With-more-legroom-we-curl,

talk politics, film, bins-


Bombs BOOM the g-i-r-l-


a sea ghost on a limb.



Talk politics, film, bins,


Things we can't forget:

a sea ghost on a limb

before a red Corvette[2]


Things we can't forget,

heads at half-mast, pity:


Before, a red Corvette.

Glass, less tonight a city.







[1]A semicolon should be followed by a capital letter only if the word is a proper noun or an acronym.

[2]2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe w/1LT

Price $71, 105

Custom duty $49,773.50

Excise duty $35,552

Total $853,962.605.





Mai Serhan is a writer and translator. Her writing has appeared in Anomaly, Oyster River Pages, Flash Fiction Magazine, The Writers & Readers, Rusted Radishes and is forthcoming in Swamp and Oxford Magazine. She is a Winter Tangerine and Vermont Studio Center alumna, a winner of the Lunch Ticket Twitter Poetry Contest, and a recipient of the Emerging Writer Award from Wellstone Center in the Redwoods, California. Mai is currently pursuing her graduate studies in Creative Writing at the University of Oxford.


for Lebanon, Issue One.

Recent Posts

See All

For Lebanon, Issue 1 ○ Anya Gleizer, with Rupert Stuart-Smith ○ Oil & Acrylic

For Lebanon, Issue 1 ○ Caroline King ○ For the apple head doll, the first cut / is cruelest. To find its moonmeat / face, cheeks whittled