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Fall 2023 // Issue 105


The Last Thursday of the Century

In Parastoo Geranmayeh’s surreal short story, “The Last Thursday of the Century,” Neda visits her family in the North of Iran. Together the family celebrate Nowruz (Persian New Year), while Neda is haunted by memories and regrets, both while she is sleeping and when she is awake.

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Featuring: Jodi Johnson, Katy Chrisler, Gregory Brown, Mary Laube and Mary F. Coats, Lise Balk King, Brandon Hobson, c3 Crew, Darien Gee, Claire Walla, and Parastoo Geranmayeh.

For our Fall 2023 issue, we'll be publishing pieces incrementally over the next couple weeks in order to showcase each writer and sufficiently promote their work online. Since River Styx is now free to read, and entirely online, you can easily share to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Threads.



By Jodi Johnson

Aiden, filler and a mixer bond I’ve been leaning into and learning someway...

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Visual Media

Rescue Tactics

Mary Laube & Mary F. Coats

Every painter’s studio has an inventory of failed works...

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Sestina on Segantini's "The Punishment of Lust"

"Alpswise in its white ruin, when the workers had the lead carbonate..."

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The Last Thursday of the Century

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"His son had gone into the sea as a boy and then gone into the ground as ashes and now his name barely seemed left in the world. How could...

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Common Sense

Before I left NYC to live in western South Dakota I did not know how much I did not know—that prairie grass undulates and shines like ocean waves in the...

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J. Gee (1913-1975) In my family, there was a woman who knew how to fly. She had been pushed by a man, or perhaps the man’s wife, or perhaps the...

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Every year on my birthday, my mom tells my birth story...

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In My Sister's House

When I walk up, Zeke-the-Dog is already in the car. They're taking him in. Gently put: helping him die. Gently put: killing him with less pain. On the radio, the...

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Six Poems

Rebreaking a Bone Before means chronology has logic;means outpaced prior-faced enmity -lacking of punch, drunkless. Dressed less. My prologue, I harken. Has teethmade of cartilage. No, bones. Side flesh. What...

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