Author Archives: Julie Deshtor

About Julie Deshtor

Julie Deshtor grew up in the Soviet Union during the turbulent 90's, and moved to the United States shortly after the Soviet Empire collapsed in 1991. A bilingual author, Julie writes both fiction and poetry, as well as translating poetry and lyrics. She brings her rich cultural and life experienced to her fiction, exploring the psychological struggles of her characters with compassion and insight, as they navigate the murky waters of the modern society. Julie currently resides in Utah, USA. Her interests include art, world literature, zoology, anthropology and urban subculture

The Poplar Waltz audio

“Words written by an 11 year old girl to a 14 year old boy that fell victim to the Georgian-Abhazian conflict of 1989″ Dedicated to Denny Somewhere in a distant land by a vacant sea, Stands the wreckage of the … Continue reading

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War Hawks

  I’m so tired of human wars, Never-ending holocaust; All the futures that are lost In a single blinding flash. Missiles raining from the sky. Buildings crumble, people die. Nobody questions why. Corporations count the cash. Local conflicts over oil. … Continue reading

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The Chronicles of a Collapse

A physicist wi‎th a world name
He couldn’t figure ‎out the math.
The university had not paid scientist salaries for months.
Of the research assistants that he had
three left, one wound up dead.
There are riots on the streets each day. There are four hour lines for bread.
Equations blooming in his mind
are so precise and so right,
but he cannot afford to pay his bills. His wife cries every night. Continue reading

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I am calling upon all my monsters and beasts out there, on the glimmering eyes and the silent footsteps in the dark; There are few of us left, soon we will disappear forever. Well, at least we have lived to … Continue reading

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The fear had pecked a hole inside…

The fear had pecked a hole inside With its long pointed beak. My fists went limp – I couldn’t fight. My mouth wouldn’t speak. ‎ I saw a threat beneath each tree, Behind each closed door. I chained my will … Continue reading

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Lot’s Wife

I have been turned into a pillar of salt. The sky is coming down. It’s raining ambers. All around Are falling shards of our shattered world. Our city, our city burns. Our palisades succumb to hungry fires. Bodies light up … Continue reading

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‎Я мечусь, как зверь за решеткой

Я мечусь, как зверь за решеткой, ‎ бьюсь об прутья, пугая толпу. Ярость жидким металлом в глотке: “Отпустите, я так не могу!” ‎ Этот век, этот мир – все чужое. Всe равно я порву эту цепь, и монгольской свистящей стрелою … Continue reading

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My leaves are green, although my trunk is splintered, And my old bark is blackened and decayed. I live alone, surrounded by buildings. I just stand here in the wind, and sway. The sky is not as blue as I … Continue reading

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Shark Attack

If you are into swimming, you should know That a great white attacked a man offshore. He dove in from his boat, and to his horror There was a great white waiting down below. ‎ But our diver did not … Continue reading

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Lost genius.  ‎(What bothers me about modernity – Part 2)

Part 2: Overcrowding ‎ I am not going to go into the usual concerns associated with the word: the impending doom of dwindling resources; the inevitable competition between various human populations; the destruction of habitats and species; the potential for … Continue reading

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