"But the only poet I ever saw there was Blaise Cendrars"
Portrait of Blaise Cendrars by Amedeo Modigliani
Public DomainPortrait of Blaise Cendrars by Amedeo Modigliani - Credit: part of a collection of reproductions compiled by The Yorck Project

Swiss writer and poet Frédéric Louis Sauser, better known as Blaise Cendrars, was highly influential to the modernist movement. He was notorious for the fictionalisation of his past, a tendency which has proven rather problematic for those attempting an accurate biography on the novelist. His seminal works are considered to be Sutter's Gold and Moravagine, both published in 1926. 

He lost his right arm in 1915 during the World War I attacks on Champagne.