Poetry inspired by the community of Hendersonville, written by a poet working as a cashier and donation specialist in a local thrift store. In its pages are a cross-section of a changing community that includes folks from Micronesia, the Latino migrant community, the African American community, longtime residents and everything in between.
Tony Robles is a poet living in Hendersonville. He is the author of 2 collections of poetry/short stories, Cool Don't Live Here No More--A letter to San Francisco and Fingerprints of a Hunger Strike, published by Ithuriel's Spear. Thrift Store Metamorphosis is his third poetry collection, published by Redhawk Publications in Hickory, NC. He was named Carl Sandburg Writer in Residence in 2020 by the Carl Sandburg Historic Home Site. He was short list nominated for Poet Laureate of San Francisco in 2017. He is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee and a graduate of Vermont College of Fine Arts' creative writing program.
In this delightful thrift store world, passing interactions with customers become transformative, and cast-off objects transport us through time to the poet’s youth in San Francisco. This beautiful collection is fresh, moving, and full of deep insights into an ordinary world that Robles masterfully shapes into something extraordinary.Jennifer McGaha, author of Flat Broke with Two Goats
In Thrift Store Metamorphosis Tony Robles astutely demonstrates the palpable currency of human interactions. His keen observations show us the necessity of reflection. In this mirror, we learn that everything and anything that we pay attention to has the capability to hold deep meaningful lessons for us and our lives. Robles makes us feel a range of emotion: sorrow, loss, love, regret, anger, rage, humor and hope. The poet reminds us with this essential collection, so goes the thrift store, so goes the world.Glenis Redmond, Greenville Poet Laureate and Author of The Listening Skin