|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
Hot Off the Presses of the Universe
Man in the Moon
If you need something to put you in the mood, Speaking in
Semaphore may be the book for you.
January, 2006-March, 2006
March, 2006-February, 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.
"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
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
October, 2003-July, 2004
July, 2004-September, 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."
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."
February, 1998-July, 1999
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
Pale Yellow Misunderstanding
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.