Altered Book Quotes: Fight Club

Welcome to my blackout poetry quotations from Chuck Palahniuk’s novel Fight Club. Each poem is created from a single page of the book, removing words to reveal a new creation. 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. Enjoy! —ღTerri

A spring morning,
      alive and cool—
      I felt the world mattered.
The night burned raw—
      Lying on our backs,
      staring up at the one star.
~Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk, 1996, Chapter 6, page 53, blackout poetry by Terri Guillemets, “Dreams,” 2014

Stories—
a collected lifetime of layers.
~Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk, 1996, Chapter 7, page 57, blackout poetry by Terri Guillemets, “Stained-glass pages,” 2014

Before dawn—
flowers, birds
our only neighbors
~Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk, 1996, Chapter 7, page 57, blackout poetry by Terri Guillemets, “Solitude of morning,” 2014

A story of our life —
the kiss, a bonfire, an atomic meltdown.
~Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk, 1996, Chapter 9, page 75, blackout poetry by Terri Guillemets, “Romance burned,” 2014

Meditation —
hear yourself,
close your eyes.
You’re in the castle of silence.
~Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk, 1996, Chapter 9, page 75, blackout poetry by Terri Guillemets, “Meditation,” 2014

Broken,
praying—
“It will be alright.”
“It will be alright.”
~Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk, 1996, Chapter 10, page 84, blackout poetry by Terri Guillemets, “Broken,” 2014

Broken praying hands—
It will be alright.
It will be alright.
~Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk, 1996, Chapter 10, page 84, blackout poetry by Terri Guillemets, “Faith,” 2014

Moon, the stars,
a beer in my hand,
and my library card—
Yes! and chocolates.
~Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk, 1996, Chapter 11, page 89, blackout poetry by Terri Guillemets, “All I need,” 2014

I wanted to breathe
the world and the morning
and green forests and the night.
~Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk, 1996, Chapter 16, page 124, blackout poetry by Terri Guillemets, “All of life,” 2014

Torn free of the mayhem and the plastic—
Focus, young strong men and women:
We have a spiritual freedom, and courage!
Sacrifice, imagine, work.
~Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk, 1996, Chapter 19, page 149, blackout poetry by Terri Guillemets, “Give your lives to something,” 2014

heaven, hero, angels,
legions and lieutenants—
      GRAVEYARD.
God, bring me back.
~Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk, 1996, Chapter 30, page 207, blackout poetry by Terri Guillemets, “Soldier,” 2014

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