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Born in Los Gatos, California, Dan Burke came of age in the Silicon Valley during the rise of modern technology. He went to private schools along side many children who's fathers and mothers were reinventing the way we live and communicate today. He sites this experience as his greatest inspiration and his greatest source of heartache. "It's easy to see the exponential gains, but where are the exponential losses? They are in the categories of family, awareness and relatedness." In his writings, Dan views these themes from many perspectives -- the seeker, the over-achiever, the lost, the sleeping, the clueless, the driven, and the sub-hero. Like Douglas Coupland, Dan explores the simultaneously tragic and comical obstacle course all moderns must navigate, often winning only the losing prize.
 
Speaking in Semaphore

Speaking in Semaphore is a book of love poems. Inspired by some of the great works of love poetry, Dan Burke set out to write his own ode to love. But what came out is something quite different. This real-time account of falling in and out of love is inspiring and daunting, wonderful and haunting. Join the author on one of the greatest rides a human being can take.

Excerpt
Hot Off the Presses of the Universe
Vacuumous Monday
Man in the Moon
WAKE UP!

If you need something to put you in the mood, Speaking in Semaphore may be the book for you.


 

 


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Written:
January, 2006-March, 2006
Edited:
March, 2006-February, 2008
Released:
May, 2008
 

The Migration of Hair

The Migration of Hair is Dan Burke's second novel, and a follow up to his hit 2003 novel, Driving Into The Sun. In this reprise, we find main character Tommy Aloysius questioning his life deep in the deserts of Arizona. Climb aboard this freight train to hell as Tommy blasts off to Eastern Europe as an ex-pornographer in exile. There are plenty of laughs and cries in store for you inside this beautifully printed book, which includes 9 full-sized illustrations by Joe Forkan.

Excerpt
"I won’t even get started on my hairline. It’s a good thing I
was able to grow my hair long in my twenties. Thinning came quickly,
and like my pits, came on with a vengeance. I complain now, but
just think what I have to look forward to. Soon, my hairline will
split down the middle of my head, creating two islands of combover
heyday. Then, like a Play-Doh toy machine, hair will begin
to sprout out of my ears, appear on my back, cover my chest and
knuckles while my head loses the rest of its wooly protection
and glows with a shine. That’s nature. I couldn’t stop it if I tried.
It’s change in its cruelest hour, changing me from a man to a
monkey as I grow wise.

"And life is really no different than this: the migration of hair.
Things happen to us, for better or worse; we try to form opinions,
we try to effect change in our favor, but change doesn’t
care. Change will change whether we like it or not. Man-smell—
Wham! Thinning hairline—Wham! Your woman leaves you—
Wham! You get fired for being a pornographer—Wham! You get
the point."


 
 


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Written:
October, 2003-July, 2004
Edited:
July, 2004-September, 2005
Released:
October, 2005
 

Driving into the Sun

Dan completed writing Driving into the Sun at 8:34 p.m., July 4, 1999. Since that date he has spent countless hours editing and preparing this work for publication. This 260 page book has been centered around one quote by Alan Watts, "The further consciousness ventures out into experience, more is the price it must pay for its learning."

Synopsis
Tommy Aloysius had enough of small town life. One day he left his job and the girl he loved for a series of tramplings through the nightclubs of San Francisco, the streets Chicago and New York, then all the way to Africa where he runs into temptations and complications that lead to one whopper of a finale.
The book begins...

"Finding a place to live in San Francisco was no easy feat. For weeks I scoured the Chronicle for a room somewhere—anywhere. I even used one of those services that post up-to-the-minute phone listings of open rooms, and after three weeks of looking, I was ready to give up. Being two hundred miles away didn't give me any competitive edge either, so when a room finally opened in North Beach, the only thing I could do was grab my shit and hit the road."


 
 



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Written:
February, 1998-July, 1999
Edited:
1999-2002
Released:
January, 2003

 
For Fame or Fable

Paints images in your mind, that's what Dan does with For Fame or Fable. This 120 page poem collection is truly a break-through. Not too many poets of this generation are doing what Dan's doing. "Most of the stuff I read today is very literal. It seems that rhyming is as clever as people can get these days with this form. Poetry can really take you somewhere if you let it. I try to paint a picture, sometimes simple and sweet, sometimes sad and totally surreal, and attach a feeling to give it depth." Here are some samples:

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The Pull

Pale Yellow Misunderstanding
Felda
Union
Zeros

This collection is truly a landmark piece. Explore vast landscapes in your mind with
For Fame or Fable.




Other Works By Dan Burke

Dan is the lead singer/co-creator of The Bletchley Park Project, and was the lead guitar player for Uncle Shinbone.

 

 



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Written:
1999-2001
Edited:
2002
Released:
March, 2003


 


 


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