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    Question make a play with

    Dear Teachers,


    "to make a play with..." - is it a common expression in English? And what does it mean exactly?
    I found this expression in the poem by Diane di Prima:
    "<...> to make the play with / this immediate head, what it comes up with, <...>

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    Default Re: make a play with

    You ask about 'make a play with' and then quote 'make the play with'.

    Neither phrase means much to me.

    Please quote a bit more of the poem — at least a full sentence.

    Rover

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    Default Re: make a play with

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    You ask about 'make a play with' and then quote 'make the play with'.

    Neither phrase means much to me.

    Please quote a bit more of the poem — at least a full sentence.

    Rover

    Dear Rover,

    the whole poem of di Prima is:

    Revolutionary Letter #1 - Diane di Prima

    I have just realized that the stakes are myself
    I have no other
    ransom money, nothing to break or barter but my life
    my spirit measured out, in bits, spread over
    the roulette table, I recoup what I can
    nothing else to shove under the nose of the maitre de jeu
    nothing to thrust out the window, no white flag
    this flesh all I have to offer, to make the play with
    this immediate head, what it comes up with, my move
    as we slither over this go board, stepping always
    (we hope) between the lines


    Is it a little bit clearer?

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    Sorry. . .I don't understand it.

    Rover

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    Default Re: make a play with

    Quote Originally Posted by Phantomkin1 View Post
    ... this flesh all I have to offer, to make the play with
    this immediate head, what it comes up with, my move...
    The croupier at roulette in France calls out "Faites vos jeux" ('Make your games'/Make your play = Place your bets) before spinning the wheel. I think that the writer is suggesting is that all he has to offer in this game (of life?) is his life, his flesh and the ideas that come up in his head.

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