Regeneration Machine

Paperback | October 31, 2015

byJoe Denham

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Twenty years ago Nevin Sample walked into a small bank in Deep Cove, robbed a teller at gunpoint and fled into the forest of Cates Park. After a lengthy pursuit, he hid behind a stump at the edge of a small clearing. The police called to him. He raised the gun to his head and pulled the trigger.


Nevin had a magnetism, an understated complexity: there were those who loved him, resented him, found him gregarious. To Joe Denham, he was an old, close friend. Regeneration Machine is a 100-stanza, 9,000-word letter-in-verse to Nevin's ghost--a requiem, elegy, lament; a sort of flailing attempt to make sense of the nonsensically violent way that a non-violent, caring, intelligent young man chose to end his life.

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Twenty years ago Nevin Sample walked into a small bank in Deep Cove, robbed a teller at gunpoint and fled into the forest of Cates Park. After a lengthy pursuit, he hid behind a stump at the edge of a small clearing. The police called to him. He raised the gun to his head and pulled the trigger. Nevin had a magnetism, an understated ...

Joe Denham is the author of four collections of poetry, including Regeneration Machine (Nightwood Editions, 2015), which won the Canadian Authors Association Award for Poetry and was a finalist for the 2016 Governor General's Literary Award for Poetry. Denham is also the author of a novel, The Year of Broken Glass. His work has appeare...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:80 pages, 8 × 5.5 × 5 inPublished:October 31, 2015Publisher:Nightwood EditionsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0889713170

ISBN - 13:9780889713178

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"Regeneration Machine is what I long for in poetry: sustained, careful aesthetic consideration, human emotion, and specificity of experience." ~ Micheline Maylor, Quill & Quire (starred review) "This is a fierce, haunting book." ~ The Toronto Star"Regeneration Machine is a sane and sober love letter that after twenty years finally says goodbye to a friend. It's burning Nevin Sample's fishing boat and setting it out to sea."PRISM International