This study examines the work of six American poets who visited Mexico in the 1950s, discussing the complex relationships between location, writing, society, history, and dislocation. By interacting with Mexican culture and writing about the experience, these poets had to come to terms with the foreign as well as explore their own identities as Americans. Experiencing Mexico inspired these poets to use many different voices in their poetry, a style in opposition to the hegemony of 1950s American culture. This study compares and contrasts the poets, particularly in terms of class, race, sexual orientation, and gender, and which strategies of ""going foreign"" each uses. Each chapter examines a poem or series of poems based upon a trip to Mexico. Analyzed in detail are Williams' The Desert Music, Kerouac's Mexico City Blues, Corso's Mexican Impressions and ""Puma in Chapultepec Zoo,"" Ginsberg's Siesta in Xbalba, Levertov's Tomatlan and others, and Hayden's An Inference of Mexico.