The Zero-Tolerance Factor and Other Poems


Richard Inskip Mayes was a poet from Metuchen, moonlighting as an English Lit professor in Chicago. After developing his Beat sensibility over drinks with Allen Ginsberg and the San Remo Room in New York City in the late 1950s, Mayes later packed up his young family to move to San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico.

This collection of Mayes’ poems—illustrated with his photographs—is both a record of his years in San Miguel, as well as his reactions to the Vietnam War, baseball, dancing girls, fist-fights, cars, academia, and comely barmaids.

His poetry is a time portal into a Mexico of 40 years ago. It is a chance to experience the tumultuous times from the late 1950s to the 1980s through the romantic and curious eyes of a young Princeton educated Beat poet.

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