Sweet Mother Prophesy
Without punk, jazz and poetry, life would be a lie
— Sweet Mother Prophesy
“Sweet mother of a first novel. Young Canadian writer delivers a jazzy new take on storytelling”
— The Independent Weekly
“Punk and sacred, fun and fucksome, street and myth, wordtickle and shout, all mixed in a bucket with drinking straws handed out. Andrew Titus burns the Buddha with a Zippo.”
— Bill Gaston, author of The Good Body
“Andrew Titus is one of a kind: a punk poet from the shores of Fredericton’s Saint John River. His book has verve and kick. It’s a genre-buster and edgy as hell. You won’t pick up another like it.”
— Norm Ravvin, author of Sex, Skyscrapers and Standard Yiddish
Sweet Mother Prophesy is a story of one bumpy rollercoaster ride with the life and death of a band, Sweet Mother Prophesy, and its members. A story of punk rockers undoing values and walking them down the street.
A multi-voiced documentary novel/poem in montage with artifacts of the narrator’s descent into nihilism as a young man, emergence, and a looking back into that maelstrom sixty years later.
If you liked any of the following books — John Steffler’s The Grey Islands, Michael Ondaatje’s The Collected Works of Billy the Kid, Michael Turner’s Hard Core Logo, Henry Rollins’ Get In the Van, John Stiles’ The Insolent Boy, David Nandi Odhiambo’s diss/ed banded nation, Herman Hesse’s Siddhartha and/or photocopied ’zines and graphic novels — you should enjoy Sweet Mother Prophesy with its exploration of philosophy set on its knife edge in the downtown land of youth.
Andrew Titus was born and raised in the Saint John River Valley of New Brunswick. He lives in Fredericton NB, and graduated from the University of New Brunswick with a MA in Creative Writing. He was the editor of CHSR Poetry Slam (Broken Jaw Press, 1999). His writings have found various homes including Labour of Love, The Wascana Review and on CBC Radio One. For ten years he has been letting loose in bands including, currently, Ink Sheds Blood. Sweet Mother Prophesy is his first novel.
August 2002 / 8.5” x 5.5” / 120 pp / 20 b&w photos by Geoffry Ritchie, illustrations / novel (BISAC: FIC014000)
Broken Jaw Press
ISBN 1-55391-002-8 (tp) / $18.95
BJP eBook 43, ISBN 1-55391-003-6 (PDF)
29 Sept: 3:30 pm on Fiction Stage & 5:30 pm on Main Stage @ Word on the Street-Halifax, Pier 20, Halifax NS
25 Oct, 8 pm: Andrew Titus & Ink Sheds Blood @ Gallery Connexion, Fredericton, NB
14 Nov, 8 pm: Andrew Titus & Ink Sheds Blood @ Memorial Hall, UNB Fredericton