Agnes Vojta


Agnes Vojta grew up in Germany and started writing poetry as a child. She spent a few years in California, Oregon, and England, and now lives in Rolla, Missouri where she teaches physics at Missouri S&T and hikes the Ozarks. She is the author of Porous Land (Spartan Press, 2019) and The Eden of Perhaps (Spartan Press, 2020), and her poems  have appeared in a variety of magazines. Her website is



You shed your persona
like a snake skin,
is your way of escape.

When your house
becomes cluttered,
you close the door,
without locking it

and walk away,
in broad daylight,
your confident smile.

Months later, a postcard
from an unexpected place:
I found home,
I found my tribe

and you give yourself completely,
to new tribe and new cause
with abandon
like no one else I know.

But sooner or later,
your baggage arrives,
from the last address.

As the packages pile up
and old ghosts
catch up with you,
you grow restless,

and you’ll be on the road again,
running towards the unknown,
driven by a hunger
I cannot understand.

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