Some remarks about some things

notes, investigations, digressions galore

Ted Burke

Ted Burke
San Diego, California,
July 15
Bookseller, writer, musician
Bookseller, musician, writer and poet living and working in San Diego, California. His writing has appeared in the San Diego Reader, Kicks, San Diego Door, Roadwork, Revolt in Style,and City Works.His poems have been included in the anthologies Small Rain: 8 poets from San Diego (1996,DG Wills Books),Ocean Hiway: eight poets in San Diego (1981,Wild Mustard Press) , and is the author of many chapbooks, including Hand Grenade, Open Every Window,No One Home and City Times,limited editions published by his own Old House Press.


Thomas Pynchon’s Bleeding Edge, reviewed. - Slate Magazine:

'This is of great interest, as The Other Most Important American Novelist, Thomas Pynchon, has added his comic paranoid spin to the 9-11 attack. Bleeding Edge, reviewed by  Slate writer Troy Patterson in a a prose style that is ,well/… Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 5, 2013 10:11AM

In defense of the semicolon - The Week

In defense of the semicolon - The Week:
'I use the semi colon quite a bit and I find it quite useful; it gives sentences a sense of rhythm and flow as a new idea develops from another one has already articulated. Sometimes starting a new sentence for the supposed sakeRead full post »
AUGUST 31, 2013 12:11AM

Are Andy Warhol's 15 minutes over? |

Are Andy Warhol's 15 minutes over? | Art and design | 

I've been intrigued by the idea that Pop Art was in fact Capitalist Folk Art, a form natural in its development as artists, naive in the most intelligent way, intuitively understood that the iconography and discarded wreckage of aRead full post »
Woody Allen’s Interiors: Revisiting Allen’s first Ingmar Bergman-inspired drama. - Slate Magazine:

Woody Allen's new film "Blue Jasmine" has been getting some of the best notices  for the director's late-areer efforts, a fact that justifies, perhaps, a reexamination of some of his other less/…

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AUGUST 26, 2013 6:27PM


 (What I should make clear is that I am not a practicing Christian , have the mind of an agnostic, and haven't much faith in theologies that pretend they have knowledge of what the end of history is like. I do appreciate the poetryRead full post »
AUGUST 24, 2013 11:55PM

Wow--Moby Grape

Their first album, Moby Grape, is on generally considered one of the best albums done by a Sixties American band, and with good reason, but I've a soft spot for their sophomore effort, the much maligned Wow. It certainly deserved some of the critical slamming it received when it was/Read full post »
Tom Cruise autobiography: His recent movies Oblivion, Rock of Ages, and Jack Reacher. - Slate Magazine:

It's not so odd that a number the plot points in Cruise's movies echo themes that appear in the confounding mythology of his religion. Certainly one could also harp on the Catholic themes in the… Read full post »
AUGUST 24, 2013 10:04AM

Visionary Bombast

I like the idea of Vachel Lindsay rather than the practice of  reading his work, or even listening to it, the often made apology of some of his defenders who maintain that his works are meant to be performed, not scanned in anthologies.As Lindsay was entranced by song and its subversive/Read full post »
AUGUST 24, 2013 12:09AM

Paragraph for lovers

There's nothing worth in noting that neckties and indexes of how swell the economy has gotten leaves us with nothing but a bad after taste of a hard sock in the jaw because the eyes drifted and lingered on anatomy that didn't belong to the head that was until the delivery…

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MAY 10, 2013 10:01AM

Breaking Bread

The opening of the doors
in a swing the other way
breaks the smoke
hanging there under
x-ray radiance 
stripping everything
to an embarrassing nakedness
of goods and services
doled out in hopes of 
happy returns t o lines
clanging thee tune
welcomed at any rent party
where we might break bread
or some h… Read full post »
MAY 4, 2013 3:09PM

After I Knew It All.

The brave face
cracks under the strain
of being gracious
when yet another
pretty girl wanders by
in a dress made of breeze.

What I summon isn't
courage or good manners,
what you see
is cold sweat suppressed
and turned into the foul iron
that runs through/
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MAY 3, 2013 10:18AM

Still I'm Sad

I tire of the day
that glares with
a surfeit of sunshine,
I wary of clouds
that stain my horizon,

The best ideas
are those
that bring you home
to where the table set
and messages await
your reply,

The worst notions
take you to
where the lights don't work,
gas stations and fast food joints
taunting you
f/… Read full post »
APRIL 16, 2013 5:47PM

Sadder Than Guess Work

Sitting through the argument with the day,
I still hear the scraping
of celluloid picks
against the strings,
electric guitars hysterical
at the afternoon traffic
that feeds the habits of a nation
cursed with a million dreams of desire.

What happens
when I dial numbers
expecting you to be there,
staring at magazRead full post »
APRIL 16, 2013 5:44PM

Heaven of Cracks

Where nothing happens to anyone
is a heaven of
cracks to fall between

or rise up to
if you're in
bed staring at the ceiling
between fits of sleep
that grind
like gears of engines
motor-vating through sand
and replays of the last
word you didn't
with a clerk
or someone else
who looked at you funny as the elevatoRead full post »
MARCH 11, 2013 12:28AM


Alvin Lee, pioneer rock guitar hero and leader of the British blues band Ten Years After, died the other day at age 68 from a complication following what's been described as a routine surgery. Lee was not one of my favorites at the time, the late Sixties through the Seventies, mainly… Read full post »
FEBRUARY 28, 2013 7:54PM


Some passing thoughts on the events at work is only a grieving for the passing of notes in fifth grades when the two sisters were turned to the blackboard chalking up the High Math of The Second Coming.

It was a note Tony Graciano  penned saying that after school he was goingRead full post »

The gun, never fired,
smokeless in its silver plated life,
is under glass,
under the dust, rust and
severing the trigger from the firing pins,
 and there’s someone laughing
in the other room, and old man with a broom and a bucket,

Something is just live long enough to rust and fade… Read full post »
FEBRUARY 28, 2013 7:46PM

Bus Boy

The night finds a pitch
In the buzz and fizz of
unnatural light shining
by cords over dirty lunch counters.

Count the money and
make the change, you feel
deranged and defanged
as the blades of the spinning fan
creates a slashing shadow
that cuts across the room,
Darkness falls on ashtrays
And the runny yoke
FEBRUARY 28, 2013 7:42PM

Banana Boat with Watches

Each sunset is payday at the docks
When the boats have unloaded

Nets full of fruit and boxes of watches,
The glasses you wear make your face

Seem electronic and full of stray pixels,
That‘s when I go to work and roll over

and pretend to sleep when whistles blow,
What blows is working for loveless cash rew… Read full post »
FEBRUARY 28, 2013 7:39PM

Apartment Life

Perfectly fine
and tied in a tether
of dead quiet
in a small room
where we've
a rift with rehearsed dictions,
our fictions drive us crazy.

You're building
set models
for stage productions,
I type paragraphs
regarding glaciers and grime,
we've seen how the
sofa divides the room
like halves of the same b/…

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 Lowen Liu does a savvy take down of later day deconstructionist  David Shields and his new book, How Literature Saved My Life in a recent piece in Slate. 

Click the link and relish the reviewer's astute debunking of a writer too lazy to be a genius on his own
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FEBRUARY 20, 2013 12:50AM

Dean Young and the End of Days

How to Glow , a poem by Dean Young, is  chaotic poem at first reading, but it does have a rhythm and vibrant sense of starting off with one proposition and concluding with an end , a result, that one did not expect. "And end" is just the word,
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FEBRUARY 20, 2013 12:47AM

Traci Brimhall burns the marriage contract

The poem ""If Marriage is a Duel at  10 Paces" by Traci Brimhall is  less a ritualized settling of grudges than it is a supremely phrased and acidly etched sequence of couplets lampooning the hackneyed metaphors that are applied to timeless institutions .In this instance absurd compari/Read full post »
FEBRUARY 9, 2013 11:55PM

Turn that shit down, Granpa

Truthfully, I used to like Aerosmith quite a bit and still get an adrenaline rush when I hear their best tunes. Guitar-centric rock was my preference in the Sports Arena days, but where other bands of the era now bore me and dated themselves badly, AS were pretty much the bestRead full post »

DECEMBER 28, 2012 10:18AM

Frank, you magnificent bastard

It seems and it always
seems that the things
and the things have lost their
innocence through repetition,
what I make of situations
comes out repeated
and said again
in motions
like hands that clench
after I’ve already
told you off,
if you see
what I said,

It seems arrogance to assume that there
is always someth… Read full post »