Composed of several distinct yet inter-woven long poems, On Generation & Corruption is structured around the conceits of location and dislocation, as it deconstructs a picture-postcard American town.
Its title is a clue: in printer's terms, each "generation" reproduced is more "corrupt" than the last.
Through this metaphor, Chiusano alludes to the distance from confessional speech that the book embodies in its complex tales and Escher-like syntax. from "daybook"JULY 1 Bog. Spillway. River bank. Cow shit. Shade pools. Boot prints. Tadpoles. Reed beds. Shallows. Eddies. Snags. Cottonmouths. Cobwebs. JULY 2 The stare stares behind-the-back, bright, between butt-crack andthigh.
The stare widens into a paddle, wide and flat enough to make a draft when it flaps.
The stare picks its nose. The stare halfway wonderswhy the closet door is only half-closed. * * * When ecstasy is parted from its practice, when rapture is forced tochoose, that's me: the first efforts, independent principalities. JULY 3 If I draw a hand, say, or a foot, I tow it into view.
If I name, a slender ankle, a napping neck, I pull it like a dove out of a derby, pigeon out of a porkpie hat.