Synonyms: times

Since the concept “time” derives from the observation of motion, actions, happenings and changes in nature, it is obvious that its alignment with sexual meanings must do the same. Indeed, Emily uses it to identify the sexual act and diverse phases in it, and in a general way it can be said that in her secret poetry “time” occurs largely, almost exclusively within the intravaginal environment. Seconds, minutes, hours, the day; the morning, dawn, noon, afternoon; evening, night, midnight; the week, the single days of the week; the months, every single month; the year, the seasons; the decade, century, millennia, aeon; they all stand for definite phases, meanings, and numerous repetitions of the sexual act; and they have, moreover, in many of these terms a male and a female sexual meaning. And finally the “time” symbol is opposed with another such group which embraces the time phases of longer, of absolutely enduring concepts, such as never ending, immortality, the everlasting, never ending, the forever.

I am aware that quite generally the perishable time refers to the male phase of the act, especially to all that characterises the male climax, while the eternal is given to the events pertaining to the female orgasm, and especially female orgasm experienced simultaneously with the male climax.

In a very real sense she performs with her poetry an inversion of the phenomenon of nature into the phenomenon of intravaginal happening. A deep and complete understanding of her time symbols will go far in the understanding of her and her “Weltanschauung” and her metaphysics, and of her philosophy of sex as well.