The Metaphor of Play

"The proto-conversation between the 2-month-old baby and the mother is between I and the

other. There is no self in it. A third element needs to be found for self to evolve. This element

is the world-to-be-manipulated." Russell Meares, The Metaphor of Play: Disruption and

Restoration in the Borderline Experience. Northvale, NJ, Jason Aronson, 1993.

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Toy. Don't toy with me.

He's got the whole world in hand.

Whole world's in her hand.

The construction of the poem -

experience between me and I.

"I reported it as a limpid dialogue, but left out the shadows and obscurities. One cannot give a progressive development". Nin, Anais, (1931 - 1934). The Diary of Anais Nin, NY, Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1969. p. 76.