Altered Book Quotes: Charles Dickens

Welcome to my blackout poetry quotes and altered prose from the works of Charles Dickens (1812–1870). This is a “collaboration” of Dickens’ words and my selective removal of words. Wording is in the exact order as the originals; the only modifications are punctuation and capitalization. —ღTerri

My time—
book doze,
deep thought,
quiet life,
and work.
~Blackout poetry by Terri Guillemets, “Sums,” 2018, created from Charles Dickens, “The Ghosts of the Mail,” 1837, as published in The Complete Ghost Stories of Charles Dickens, edited by Peter Haining, 1982 London, 1983 New York, page 53

My eyes were wide,
      astonished every moment
      in wonder—
Staggered along
      the great nothing
      with a lantern in one hand.
~Blackout poetry by Terri Guillemets, “Epitaph,” 2018, created from Charles Dickens, “The Ghosts of the Mail,” 1837, as published in The Complete Ghost Stories of Charles Dickens, edited by Peter Haining, 1982 London, 1983 New York, page 53

Tea in bed? Come on.
Good heavens! ridiculous,
What the dickens?!
~Blackout poetry by Terri Guillemets, “Tea in Bed,” 2018, created from Charles Dickens, letter to John Forster, 1842 February 17th, Carlton House, New York, as published in Life, Letters, and Speeches of Charles Dickens, Vol. I, 1894, Houghton, Mifflin & Co., page 151

Dear Happiness,
      i was not myself
      i was mad.
But i am restored:
      read my heart—
      it is glowing,
      it’s joy, it’s wonder;
The truth is there.
~Blackout poetry by Terri Guillemets, “Epiphany,” 2018, created from Charles Dickens, “The Haunted Man and the Ghost’s Bargain,” 1848, as published in The Complete Ghost Stories of Charles Dickens, edited by Peter Haining, 1982 London, 1983 New York, page 214

Happiness was crying out your name:
      Don’t weep
      Know deep joy
      Wonder, forgive, care—
Your truth is always there.
~Blackout poetry by Terri Guillemets, “Your Heart,” 2018, created from Charles Dickens, “The Haunted Man and the Ghost’s Bargain,” 1848, as published in The Complete Ghost Stories of Charles Dickens, edited by Peter Haining, 1982 London, 1983 New York, page 214

His heart whispered in his ear:
      “Change,
      Be better,
      Rest without doubts.”
~Blackout poetry by Terri Guillemets, “Revision,” 2018, created from Charles Dickens, “The Haunted Man and the Ghost’s Bargain,” 1848, as published in The Complete Ghost Stories of Charles Dickens, edited by Peter Haining, 1982 London, 1983 New York, page 214

Morning rain, gales blowing,—
Linger in bed by the fire,
heartily glad to see the wild clouds,
to look up at the gusty sky.
~Blackout poetry by Terri Guillemets, “Stormy Morning in Bed,” 2018, created from Charles Dickens, Little Dorrit (originally published 1855–1857), 1868 edition, as published in The Works of Charles Dickens, 1899, Charles Scribner’s Sons, Chapter IX, page 109

The ghost of humanity—
a distraught melody
in the voice of a haunted man.
~Blackout poetry by Terri Guillemets, “Relic,” 2018, created from Charles Dickens, “The Haunted Man and the Ghost’s Bargain,” 1848, as published in The Complete Ghost Stories of Charles Dickens, edited by Peter Haining, 1982 London, 1983 New York, page 152

A trembling heart — rusted red,
silent, haunted, solitary,
forgotten, moody, struggling…
~Blackout poetry by Terri Guillemets, “Lonely,” 2018, created from Charles Dickens, “The Haunted Man and the Ghost’s Bargain,” 1848, as published in The Complete Ghost Stories of Charles Dickens, edited by Peter Haining, 1982 London, 1983 New York, page 153

Invite madness to be a guest
in books and music and words.
~Blackout poetry by Terri Guillemets, “True Art,” 2018, created from Charles Dickens, “To Be Read at Dusk,” 1852, as published in The Complete Ghost Stories of Charles Dickens, edited by Peter Haining, 1982 London, 1983 New York, page 241

The question is the journey. ~Blackout poetry by Terri Guillemets, “Always Asking,” 2018, created from Charles Dickens, “To Be Read at Dusk,” 1852, as published in The Complete Ghost Stories of Charles Dickens, edited by Peter Haining, 1982 London, 1983 New York, page 241

To kill words, with fear,
It’s a dreadful thing.
      —Don’t.
~Blackout poetry by Terri Guillemets, “Censorship,” 2018, created from Charles Dickens, “The Haunted Man and the Ghost’s Bargain,” 1848, as published in The Complete Ghost Stories of Charles Dickens, edited by Peter Haining, 1982 London, 1983 New York, page 197

It is passion, determination, and good
that connects you to the vigour of life.
~Blackout poetry by Terri Guillemets, “Strong,” 2018, created from Charles Dickens, “The Haunted Man and the Ghost’s Bargain,” 1848, as published in The Complete Ghost Stories of Charles Dickens, edited by Peter Haining, 1982 London, 1983 New York, page 196

The shadows of night
journey into coffee
at six in the morning.
Now conquer work!
~Blackout poetry by Terri Guillemets, “Ready,” 2018, created from Charles Dickens, Hard Times, 1854, Book the Second: Reaping, Chapter VI: Fading Away, 1868 edition, as published in The Works of Charles Dickens, 1899, Charles Scribner’s Sons, page 170

A strong woman, freedom, and life—
never a brighter glory and radiance!
~Blackout poetry by Terri Guillemets, “His Daughter,” 2018, created from Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities, 1859, Book the Second: The Golden Thread, Chapters XVI: Still Knitting and XVII: One Night, as published in Works of Charles Dickens, 1867, Library Edition, Vol. XXIII, page 185

God stood at the bedside
      tears stole down his cheeks,
      life had branded him
      with the heavy hand of time
      upon the old man’s face—
“My son, rest.”
~Blackout poetry by Terri Guillemets, “Final,” 2018, created from Charles Dickens, “The Haunted Man and the Ghost’s Bargain,” 1848, as published in The Complete Ghost Stories of Charles Dickens, edited by Peter Haining, 1982 London, 1983 New York, pages 196–197