Often cited as one of the finest contemporary lyricists, singer, songwriter and poet John K. Samson captures the essential  images of contemporary life. Whether on the streets of his beloved and bewildering hometown of Winnipeg, an outpost in Antarctica, or a room in an Edward Hopper painting, he finds whimsy and elegance in the everyday, beauty and sorrow in the overlooked.

This collection gathers together Samson’s writing, starting with his band The Weakerthans’ 1997 debut album Fallow, through Left and Leaving, Reconstruction Site, and the award-winning Reunion Tour. It also features lyrics from Samson’s newly released solo album, Provincial, and selected poems.

Part of our Literary Collection.

John K. Samson is one of Canada’s finest living writers. He creates a world with a phrase, devastates with a word and restores hope with an image. Many novels do not contain as much humanity and emotional resonance as one of Samson’s lines. As a writer I am torn between admiration and jealousy; as a reader I am enthralled.

Steven Galloway

John K. Samson is fluent in the inexpressible. Find him on the page or find him in the ether—just find him

Alissa York

John Samson’s lyrics move me with their detail and empathy. He has an ability to explain feelings we’ve all had but couldn’t verbalize. His songs are beautiful, brutal, honest and comforting, all at the same time.

Craig Finn

John Samson’s smart, soulful music has saved my life so many times. He’s the prairie poet voice of my generation and also of my kids.

Miriam Toews

With the release of this collection, John K. Samson has solidified his place as one of the finest Canadian contemporary poets and lyricists.

Dan Darling, Nexus

Subject Lyrics/Poetry
Published January 2012
Price $14.95 CDN
Pages 112 pp (Paper)
Dimensions 5″ × 7″ × .5″
ISBN-10 1894037588
ISBN-13 9781894037587

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Reviews

  • Dan Darling, in Nexus writes:

    Through this book, I found songs I love to hear given deeper meaning. I discovered new favourites from simply unearthing the strength of the written word. With the release of this collection, John K. Samson has solidified his place as one of the finest Canadian contemporary poets and lyricists.

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Audio

  • When I Write My Master’s Thesis
    3:35 – September 24th 2013

    Song from John K. Samson’s 2012 album Provincial.

  • Letter in Icelandic from the Ninette San
    3:60 – September 24th 2013

    Song from John K. Samson’s 2012 album Provincial.

About the Author

John K. Samson is the singer and songwriter for the venerated indie rock outfit The Weakerthans, and his poetry and prose has appeared in Matrix Magazine, Geist, The Believer, and Post Prairie—An Anthology of New Poetry. He lives in Winnipeg, where he’s also the managing editor and co-founder of ARP.