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Blackout Poetry
& Altered Prose:
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.  —ღ Terri


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



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