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.


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 »
NOVEMBER 19, 2012 9:40PM

JACK KEROUACK: notes on a resentment



The idea that Jack Kerouac is a great American writer and that On the Road is a great American novel has been an ongoing hard sell by his publishers and those who own the copyrights on his books ever since I can remember. It seemed that way since I first… Read full post »
NOVEMBER 5, 2012 7:23PM

Food Fight to the Death

I will not lay down my sword
until you are either dead
or eating beans and franks
at the rest stop just before
you reach the gates of Hell
where all the mayonnaise you crave
is on the other side of the 
slime crusted bars.

You will not lower your gun
until I am waist deep
in new rules that stop/… Read full post »
NOVEMBER 5, 2012 5:53PM


Bob Dylan, I think, is a class of artist who had a enormous , galvanizing, revolutionizing style for a period of his career , years in which he released an impressive series of albums , fromAnother Side of Bob Dylanup to Blood on the Tracks, that are one of those bodies of/Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 12, 2012 11:47PM

TEMPEST--Bob Dylan

TEMPEST--Bob Dylan 

The hero worship of Dylan continues unabated . The poor man is more Living Legend than Artist, who sense of imagery these last few decades has been more a storehouse of tacky stage props than anything quotable, witty or head turning. A generation of critics remainsRead full post »

AUGUST 26, 2012 10:30AM

COSMOPOLIS: a novel by Don DeLillo

Don DeLillo again shows that he's our best novelist of American absurdity with this strange off-kilter comedy that centers around the events of an eventful day in Manhattan.

Against a backdrop of raves, a Presidential motorcade, a rock star's funeral, mysterious street demonstrations and the cons… Read full post »

AUGUST 14, 2012 5:43PM

Books and their secrets

Thinking that books should have secrets like people do implies that you think books are very much people in the first place; the further implication is that books have their own private agendas to execute upon the world by way their readership.

Books, if they had personalities and whims and manifestRead full post »
Editor’s Pick
AUGUST 12, 2012 6:34PM


(Posted previously, but it merits a repeat publication.-tb)

 Feminism has made the demand that there be more strong women in this life and the next so that young females coming up will have living and legendary examples of those who've come before who've not allowed their gender to relegate to tRead full post »

(Posted previously, but it merits a repeat publication.-tb)

Feminism has made the demand that there be more strong women in this life and the next so that young females coming up will have living and legendary examples of those who've come before who've not allowed their gender to relegate to the… Read full post »
AUGUST 9, 2012 1:42PM

Bleaky, batty and brilliant

The Dark Knight Rises has inspired a dedicated coterie of nay sayers who complain that the film is a lugubrious  bore, muddled in plot and spectacularly pedestrian in superhuman feats; considering that the director is Christopher Nolan , an artist who chases bad ideas with the same meticulous am/… Read full post »
AUGUST 7, 2012 11:26PM

Making a living

Rock and roll is all about professionalism , which is to say that some one of the alienated and consequently alienating species trying to make their way in the world subsisting on the seeming authenticity of their anger, ire and anxiety has to make sure that they take care of theirRead full post »
Endorsement: Clint Eastwood makes Romney’s day | The Salt Lake Tribune:

Eastwood is one of my favorite directors, and it's frustrating when a hero endorses a candidate who espouses policies that essentially embody a meanness… Read full post »