Fascinating. I’ve no doubt the double entendre is intended, which makes Snyder’s allusion all the more interesting since I sense he’d appreciate that reading.

What I’ve always liked about “Axe Handles” is its emphasis on the passing down of cultural traditions from teacher to student or parent to child: “How we go on.” Of course, sex is another way that “we go on,” so maybe the double entendre is continued (in indirect, implicit form) in his poem.