The Amazing Poems
by Greg Baysans
The Amazing Poems of Blaise Cendrars, Intro. In his novel
Moravagine (1925), Blaise Cendrars anticipates an airplane flight
in which his characters Moravagine, Blaise Cendrars and Bastien
Champcommunal, the inventor of this new-fangled airplane, would
fly into San Francisco, California, from Salem, Oregon, during their
global circumnavigation. These are the poems Blaise Cendrars
would have written in Salem and San Francisco had the flight not
been postponed by The Great War. All dates are approximate.
Greg Baysans lives near here and will invent me in 2002.
I'm busy with World War I right now, will lose a leg.
Lice, my memoirs of the war, won't be written until 1955.
Baysans won't read it until 2005, three years after re-
reading Kurt Vonnegut's Time Quake, which takes place
in 2000, which he first read in 1998. Kilgore Trout, the
novel's main character, wrote Venus on the Half Shell,
which, no one knows, is a translation of my character
Moravagine's novel, originally written in Martian
which has only one word, Kay-ray-kuh-kuh-ko-kex,
which has over 200,000 definitions. In 1998, Baysans
wrote 2007. I will write 2013 in 1912, a deck of cards.
I am one of several probable realities, a minor one who
endures this shit so a more major reality doesn't have to.
Jorge Luis Borges wrote the books of Italo Calvino twice.
San Francisco, California
Had breakfast with Harold Norse (who met my wife
in Europe in the 1950s) in a cafe on Market Street.
I was hungover. Met Gore Vidal's father, Eugene,
to discuss the purchase of airplane brakes. America
is growing hamburger for another war, ignorant
citizenry. Visited Sutter's mill. Jack Spicer was stuck
in an elevator and didn't show up for the tour.
Baysans called from Salem asking where was I.
© 2005 by Greg Baysans, 3-28-05