View of Casa Marina, where Wallace Stevens stayed during his annual visits to Key West between 1922 and 1940. You’ll find no plaque commemorating the poetry he wrote there, nor will the staff of the hotel know who you’re talking about if you ask after him, so the only way that the ghost of Wallace Stevens can follow you on the beaches and streets of Key West is if you take him with you.
A figure half seen, or seen for a moment, a man
Of the mind, an apparition apparelled in
Apparels of such lightest look that a turn
Of my shoulder and quickly, too quickly, I am gone?
—from ”Angel Surrounded by Paysans" by Wallace Stevens