Altered Book Quotes: Fight Club

Welcome to my blackout poetry quotations from Chuck Palahniuk’s novel Fight Club. Each poem is created from a page or a few of the book, removing words to reveal a new creation, also known as found poetry. Wording is in the exact order as the original; the only modifications are punctuation and capitalization. Page numbers refer to the 1997 Henry Holt paperback, First Owl Books edition. –tg

Insomnia is invisible
but hard as concrete.
~Terri Guillemets, “Can’t freakin’ sleep,” 2016, blackout poetry created from Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club, 1996, page 21

A story of our life —
the kiss, a bonfire,
an atomic meltdown.
~Terri Guillemets, “Romance burned,” 2014, blackout poetry created from Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club, 1996, page 75

Meditation —
      don’t think,
      close your eyes.
You’re in the castle of silence,
      getting deeper.
Listen, listen —
      sink to the bottom;
You’re in a bottomless darkness —
      walk to the edge of the moment.
~Terri Guillemets, “Meditate,” 2014, blackout poetry created from Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club, 1996, pages 75–77

A spring morning,
alive and cool—
I felt the world mattered.
~Terri Guillemets, “Spring morning,” 2014, blackout poetry created from Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club, 1996, page 53

Stories—
a collected lifetime of layers.
~Terri Guillemets, “Story weavers,” 2014, blackout poetry created from Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club, 1996, page 57

Before dawn—
flowers, birds
our only neighbors
~Terri Guillemets, “Solitude of morning,” 2014, blackout poetry created from Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club, 1996, page 57

Moon, the stars,
a beer in my hand,
and my library card—
Yes! and chocolates.
~Terri Guillemets, “All I need,” 2014, blackout poetry created from Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club, 1996, page 89

the miracle of a library card
to study, oh, you know,
fill in the blank… anything
~Terri Guillemets, “Endless knowledge,” 2016, blackout poetry created from Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club, 1996, pages 153–154

Broken—
praying hands:
It will be alright,
it will be alright.
~Terri Guillemets, “Faith,” 2014, blackout poetry created from Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club, 1996, page 84

money, money, money
it’s the best hell
~Terri Guillemets, “$$$,” 2016, blackout poetry created from Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club, 1996, page 87

Torn free of the mayhem and the plastic—
Focus, young strong men and women:
We have a spiritual freedom, and courage!
Sacrifice, imagine, work.
~Terri Guillemets, “Give your lives to something,” 2014, blackout poetry created from Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club, 1996, page 149

heaven, hero, angels,
legions and lieutenants—
      GRAVEYARD.
God, bring me back.
~Terri Guillemets, “Soldier,” 2014, blackout poetry created from Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club, 1996, page 207

Fight Club Blackout Poetry Quotes
Original post date: 2016 March 6
1st major revision: 2018 Sept 23