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A Nightwood Editions title, distributed by Harbour Publishing

ISBN 13: 978-0-88971-317-8
ISBN 10: 0-88971-317-0
5.5 x 8 - 80 pp
October 2015
CAD$18.95 • USD$18.95

Regeneration Machine

“The things he says; the way he says them; how he insists on singing his pain onto the page… Denham has become one of our most important poets.”
—Steven Heighton

Regeneration Machine is a wave-like poem of impressive integrity, at times muscular and searing, at times delicate and tender. It possesses that rare quality of reading as if its poet either had to write it or else sink into utter despair at the loss of his faith in the human spirit’s capacity to withstand the ravages our exploited planet continues to endure.
—Canadian Authors Association

Short-listed: Governor General's Award for Poetry (2016)
Winner: Canadian Authors Association Award for Poetry (2016)

Book Description

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.