The quaint village of Taxco 120 miles south west of Mexico City was where Hart Crane had resided and finally was banned before boarding a ship en route back to New York in 1933 at the end of a year on a Guggenheim Fellowship in Mexico; he committed suicide by jumping overboard. There were no similarities of circumstance, however, to Cash's last days. Crane had ended his year of writing drunk, disillusioned, and frustrated--and fearful that the long narrative poem he had constructed, subsequently hailed as a masterpiece, was a failure. (See short biographical sketch and five poems at Hart Crane.)