Beach Burial single work   poetry   war literature   "Softly and humbly to the Gulf of Arabs"
Composed: Al Alamein,
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Egypt,
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North Africa, Africa,
Issue Details: First known date: 1944 1944
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  • Appears in:
    y Southerly vol. 5 no. 3 1944 Z589137 1944 periodical issue 1944 pg. 13
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    y Australian Poetry 1944 R. G. Howarth (editor), Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1945 Z171208 1945 anthology poetry Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1945 pg. 43-44
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    y The Australasian Book News and Literary Journal vol. 2 no. 7 January 1948 Z618762 1948 periodical issue 1948 pg. 372
    Note: Editor's note: From Australian Poetry, 1944.
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    y An Anthology of Australian Verse George Mackaness (editor), Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1952 6472657 1952 anthology poetry Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1952 pg. 335-336
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    y A Book of Australian Verse Judith Wright (editor), Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1956 Z565053 1956 anthology poetry Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1956 pg. 101-102
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    y The Penguin Book of Australian Verse John Thompson (editor), Kenneth Slessor (editor), R. G. Howarth (editor), Harmondsworth : Penguin , 1958 Z1013022 1958 anthology poetry Harmondsworth : Penguin , 1958 pg. 75
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    y Modern Australian Verse Douglas Stewart (editor), Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1964 Z390812 1964 anthology poetry Editor's Introduction: The anthology covers 'from 1930 onwards'... And, lastly, of course, an anthology of this kind should attempt to give as wide a picture as possible, consistent with quality, of Australian poetry in the period. That I have certainly tried to do; but without losing sight of the principle that it should be enjoyable. ... Douglas Stewart (q.v.) (xxi-xxxv). Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1964 pg. 13
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    y An Introduction to Australian Literature Literary Criterion 6.3 (1964) C. D. Narasimhaiah (editor), Brisbane : Jacaranda Press , 1965 Z283778 1964 anthology Brisbane : Jacaranda Press , 1965 pg. 171
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    y A Book of Australian Verse Judith Wright (editor), Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1956 Z565053 1956 anthology poetry Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1968 pg. 99-100
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    y The Penguin Book of Australian Verse Harry Payne Heseltine (editor), Ringwood Harmondsworth : Penguin , 1972 Z334403 1972 anthology poetry Selection of works by Australian poets from Charles Harpur (1813-1868) to Charles Buckmaster (b. 1951). Ringwood Harmondsworth : Penguin , 1972 pg. 159-160
  • Appears in:
    y Poems Kenneth Slessor , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1957 Z531943 1957 selected work poetry (taught in 5 units) Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1975 pg. 127
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    y Australian Verse from 1805 : A Continuum Geoffrey Dutton (editor), Adelaide : Rigby , 1976 Z399014 1976 anthology Adelaide : Rigby , 1976 pg. 160
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    y The Golden Apples of the Sun : Twentieth Century Australian Poetry Chris Wallace-Crabbe (editor), Carlton : Melbourne University Press , 1980 Z62463 1980 anthology poetry Carlton : Melbourne University Press , 1980 pg. 31
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    y The Collins Book of Australian Poetry Rodney Hall , Sydney : Collins , 1981 Z542215 1981 anthology poetry Sydney : Collins , 1981 pg. 130-131
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    y The World's Contracted Thus J. A. McKenzie (editor), J. K. McKenzie (editor), Richmond : Heinemann Education Australia , 1983 Z174491 1983 anthology poetry Richmond : Heinemann Education Australia , 1983 pg. 278
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    y Clubbing of the Gunfire : 101 Australian War Poems Chris Wallace-Crabbe (editor), Peter Pierce (editor), Melbourne : Melbourne University Press , 1984 Z420039 1984 anthology poetry war literature Melbourne : Melbourne University Press , 1984 pg. 149
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    y My Country : Australian Poetry and Short Stories, Two Hundred Years Leonie Kramer (editor), Sydney : Lansdowne , 1985 Z1067493 1985 anthology poetry short story Sydney : Lansdowne , 1985 pg. 24
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    y Fighting Words : Australian War Writing Carl Harrison-Ford (editor), Port Melbourne : Lothian , 1986 Z407492 1986 anthology poetry short story extract prose war literature Port Melbourne : Lothian , 1986 pg. 164
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    y Two Centuries of Australian Poetry Mark O'Connor (editor), Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1988 Z322247 1988 anthology poetry criticism Contains poems grouped into 18 thematic sections (19 in 2nd. ed.) ; each section has an introduction, notes and suggestions for study activities and further study. Biographical notes on authors and indexes also included. Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1988 pg. 99
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    y The Australian Experience of War : Illustrated Stories and Verse J. T. Laird (editor), Darlinghurst : Mead & Beckett , 1988 Z82040 1988 anthology poetry short story autobiography war literature Darlinghurst : Mead & Beckett , 1988 pg. 180
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    y Cross-Country : A Book of Australian Verse John Barnes (editor), Brian McFarlane (editor), Richmond : Heinemann , 1984 Z900285 1984 anthology poetry (taught in 1 units) Richmond : Heinemann Education Australia , 1988 pg. 85-86
  • Appears in:
    y Peace and war : A Collection of Poems Michael Harrison (editor), Christopher Stuart-Clark (editor), Oxford : Oxford University Press , 1989 Z817730 1989 anthology poetry Oxford : Oxford University Press , 1989 pg. 152
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    y The Sea Poems of Kenneth Slessor Kenneth Slessor , Canberra : Brindabella Press , 1990 Z313182 1990 selected work poetry war literature Canberra : Brindabella Press , 1990 pg. 41
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    y An Anthology of Commonwealth Poetry C. D. Narasimhaiah (editor), Chennai : Macmillan , 1990 Z1176727 1990 anthology poetry Chennai : Macmillan , 1990 pg. 73-74
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    y The Penguin Book of Modern Australian Poetry John Tranter (editor), Philip Mead (editor), Ringwood : Penguin , 1991 Z151302 1991 anthology poetry Ringwood : Penguin , 1991 pg. 15
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    y The Faber Book of Modern Australian Verse Vincent Buckley (editor), London : Faber , 1991 Z563845 1991 anthology poetry war literature satire humour London : Faber , 1991 pg. 16
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    y Kenneth Slessor : Poetry, Essays, War Despatches, War Diaries, Journalism, Autobiographical Material and Letters Kenneth Slessor , Dennis Haskell (editor), St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1991 Z153703 1991 selected work poetry prose extract correspondence criticism St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1991 pg. 48-49
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    y Australian Poetry in the Twentieth Century Robert Gray (editor), Geoffrey Lehmann (editor), Port Melbourne : Heinemann , 1991 Z27032 1991 anthology poetry Port Melbourne : Heinemann , 1991 pg. 68
  • Appears in:
    y Antipodes vol. 5 no. 2 December 1991 Z600089 1991 periodical issue 1991 pg. 83
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    y Kenneth Slessor : Collected Poems Kenneth Slessor , Dennis Haskell (editor), Geoffrey Dutton (editor), Pymble : Angus and Robertson , 1994 Z396988 1994 collected work poetry drama Comprehensive collection of Slessor's work from earlier selections as well as previously uncollected work, with preface, chronology and extensive textual and explanatory notes. Pymble : Angus and Robertson , 1994 pg. 143-144
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    y Fivefathers : Five Australian Poets of the Pre-Academic Era Les Murray (editor), Manchester : Carcanet , 1994 Z276076 1994 anthology poetry Manchester : Carcanet , 1994 pg. 58-59
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    y The Voice of War : Poems of the Second World War : The Oasis Collection Victor Selwyn (editor), Ringwood : Penguin , 1995 Z819263 1995 anthology poetry war literature Ringwood : Penguin , 1995 pg. 79-80
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    y An Anthology of Australian Literature Hoju munhak chonjip Ch'oe Chin-yong (editor), Cynthia Van Den Driesen (editor), Seoul : Hansin Munhwasa , 1995 Z994880 1995 anthology poetry short story Seoul : Hansin Munhwasa , 1995 pg. 70
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    y The Illustrated Treasury of Australian Verse Beatrice Davis , Melbourne : Nelson , 1984 Z315151 1984 anthology poetry biography Sydney : State Library of New South Wales Press , 1996 pg. 133
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    y Australian Verse : An Oxford Anthology John Leonard (editor), Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1998 Z461207 1998 anthology poetry (taught in 1 units) A thorough survey of poetry by Australians in English, beginning with a selection of contemporary work by younger poets, and going backward in time to the early colonial period. In addition to poems in the literary tradition, it indudes performance poetry, convict songs and old bush ballads. An extensive selection has been provided from the work of five major twentieth-century poets: Les Murray, Gwen Harwood, Judith Wright, A.D. Hope and Kenneth Slessor. Several features are provided to assist the reader: the date of first publication of each poem is provided; footnotes explain unfamiliar words and allusions; and brief biographical notes assist in locating each poet in his or her place in time. Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1998 pg. 267-268
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    y Modern Australian Poetry : An Exhibition of Material from the Rare Book Collection, Monash University Library Richard Overell , Clayton : Monash University , 1999 Z342848 1999 single work bibliography Clayton : Monash University , 1999 pg. 9-10
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    y Poems for All Occasions Ron Pretty (editor), Wollongong : Five Islands Press , 2002 Z1005699 2002 anthology poetry A collection of well-known poems from across the ages grouped by topic or event (such as 'Childbirth and Christening' and 'Funerals and Memorial Services'). Australian and international authors are included. Wollongong : Five Islands Press , 2002 pg. 78
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    y Seven Centuries of Poetry in English John Leonard (editor), South Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 2003 Z1058257 2003 anthology poetry (taught in 6 units) Contains poetry from twelve countries, including Australia, and spans the development of English poetry over seven centuries. South Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 2003 pg. 150-151
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    y The Journal of Commonwealth Literature vol. 38 no. 2 2003 Z1094244 2003 periodical issue 2003 pg. 18
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    y Second World War Poems Hugh Haughton (editor), London : Faber , 2004 Z1179576 2004 anthology poetry war literature London : Faber , 2004 pg. 266-267
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    y 80 Great Poems from Chaucer to Now Geoff Page (editor), Sydney : University of New South Wales Press , 2006 Z1313999 2006 anthology poetry criticism A collection of Page's criticisms previously published separately in the Canberra Times under the title 'ReVerse'. Sydney : University of New South Wales Press , 2006 pg. 203-206
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    y Two Centuries of Australian Poetry Kathrine Bell (editor), Smithfield : Gary Allen , 2007 Z1472336 2007 anthology poetry Smithfield : Gary Allen , 2007 pg. 185
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    y The Penguin Anthology of Australian Poetry John Kinsella (editor), Camberwell : Penguin , 2009 Z1553543 2009 anthology poetry (taught in 16 units)

    'This is a comprehensive survey of Australian poetic achievement, ranging from early colonial and indigenous verse to contemporary work, from the major poets to those who deserve to be better recognised.' (Provided by the publisher).

    Camberwell : Penguin , 2009
    pg. 146
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    y Sixty Classic Australian Poems Geoff Page , Sydney : University of New South Wales Press , 2009 Z1570296 2009 single work criticism (taught in 3 units) 'This is a superb introduction to poetry from the nineteenth century to the present. With insight and insider knowledge, poet Geoff Page emphasises the contribution made by the notable generation of Australian poets who emerged during and just after World War II. It includes several contemporary poems which are likely to become classics in the near future. Each poem is followed by a short, lively essay discussing its merits and suggesting why it might be considered a classic.' (Publisher's blurb) Sydney : University of New South Wales Press , 2009 pg. 58
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    y Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature Nicholas Jose (editor), Kerryn Goldsworthy (editor), Anita Heiss (editor), David McCooey (editor), Peter Minter (editor), Nicole Moore (editor), Elizabeth Webby (editor), Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2009 Z1590615 2009 anthology correspondence diary drama essay extract poetry prose short story (taught in 23 units)

    'Some of the best, most significant writing produced in Australia over more than two centuries is gathered in this landmark anthology. Covering all genres - from fiction, poetry and drama to diaries, letters, essays and speeches - the anthology maps the development of one of the great literatures in English in all its energy and variety.

    'The writing reflects the diverse experiences of Australians in their encounter with their extraordinary environment and with themselves. This is literature of struggle, conflict and creative survival. It is literature of lives lived at the extremes, of frontiers between cultures, of new dimensions of experience, where imagination expands.

    'This rich, informative and entertaining collection charts the formation of an Australian voice that draws inventively on Indigenous words, migrant speech and slang, with a cheeky, subversive humour always to the fore. For the first time, Aboriginal writings are interleaved with other English-language writings throughout - from Bennelong's 1796 letter to the contemporary flowering of Indigenous fiction and poetry - setting up an exchange that reveals Australian history in stark new ways.

    'From vivid settler accounts to haunting gothic tales, from raw protest to feisty urban satire and playful literary experiment, from passionate love poetry to moving memoir, the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature reflects the creative eloquence of a society.

    'Chosen by a team of expert editors, who have provided illuminating essays about their selections, and with more than 500 works from over 300 authors, it is an authoritative survey and a rich world of reading to be enjoyed.' (Publisher's blurb)

    Allen and Unwin have a YouTube channel with a number of useful videos on the Anthology.

    Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2009
    pg. 448-449
  • Appears in:
    y The Puncher & Wattmann Anthology of Australian Poetry John Leonard (editor), Glebe : Puncher and Wattmann , 2009 Z1674214 2009 anthology poetry (taught in 16 units) Glebe : Puncher and Wattmann , 2009 pg. 319
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    y Australian Poetry Since 1788 Geoffrey Lehmann (editor), Robert Gray (editor), Sydney : University of New South Wales Press , 2011 Z1803846 2011 anthology poetry (taught in 1 units) 'A good poem is one that the world can’t forget or is delighted to rediscover. This landmark anthology of Australian poetry, edited by two of Australia’s foremost poets, Geoffrey Lehmann and Robert Gray, contains such poems. It is the first of its kind for Australia and promises to become a classic. Included here are Australia’s major poets, and lesser-known but equally affecting ones, and all manifestations of Australian poetry since 1788, from concrete poems to prose poems, from the cerebral to the naïve, from the humorous to the confessional, and from formal to free verse. Translations of some striking Aboriginal song poems are one of the high points. Containing over 1000 poems from 170 Australian poets, as well as short critical biographies, this careful reevaluation of Australian poetry makes this a superb book that can be read and enjoyed over a lifetime.' (From the publisher's website.) Sydney : University of New South Wales Press , 2011 pg. 283
Language: English , Greek
Notes:
Greek and English texts published on facing pages
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    y Contemporary Australian Poetry Synchrone Australiane Poiese : anthologese metaphrase Dimitris Tsaloumas , Dimitris Tsaloumas (translator), Thessaloniki : Nea Poreia , 1985 Z408614 1985 anthology poetry This bilingual anthology is a collection of some 150 short poems written post-World War II from 57 well-known Australian writers. It is divided generally into those writing before and after 1960, with each year serving as a marker to the influence of 'post-war affluence and admass techniculture'. A general theme of the collection involves the variousness of the experience of life through perceptions and descriptions of people and places. St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1986 pg. 2-3

Works about this Work

Herbert C. Jaffa, 1920-2013 A Sheaf of Remembrances John Scheckter , Laurie Hergenhan , Nicholas Birns , 2014 single work biography
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 28 no. 2 2014; (p. 267-274)
Kenneth Slessor (1901-1971) : 'Beach Burial' Geoff Page , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Sixty Classic Australian Poems 2009; (p. 59-61)
Kenneth Slessor : Beach Burial Rodney Williams , 2006 single work column
— Appears in: Five Bells , Winter vol. 13 no. 3 2006; (p. 40-41)
ReVerse Geoff Page , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 12 July 2003; (p. 7a) 80 Great Poems from Chaucer to Now 2006; (p. 204-206)
`The Nothing... Neither Long Nor Short' : Attitudes to Death in the Work of Kenneth Slessor Dennis Haskell , 1992 single work criticism
— Appears in: Reconnoitres : Essays in Australian Literature in Honour of G. A. Wilkes 1992; (p. 115-127)
Australian Modernism : The Case of Kenneth Slessor Vivian Smith , 1992 single work criticism
— Appears in: Reconnoitres : Essays in Australian Literature in Honour of G. A. Wilkes 1992; (p. 128-141)
On the Personal Element in Kenneth Slessor's Poetry Adrian Mitchell , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 5 no. 2 1991; (p. 84-90)
Tolling the Poet : Slessor's Unpoetic War Geoff Page , 1986 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Age Monthly Review , May 1986; (p. 8-9)
War Correspondents in Australian Literature : An Outline Clement Semmler , 1985 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , October vol. 12 no. 2 1985; (p. 194-206)
The Story Behind a Poem Kenneth Slessor , 1967 single work criticism
— Appears in: Daily Telegraph , 31 July 1967; (p. 14-15) Opinion , vol. 12 no. 3 1968; (p. 48-51) Bread and Wine : Selected Prose 1970; (p. 196-201)
Kenneth Slessor and the Powers of Language Chris Wallace-Crabbe , 1964 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Literature of Australia 1964; (p. 342-352) Toil and Spin : Two Directions in Modern Poetry 1979; (p. 71-82)
ReVerse Geoff Page , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 12 July 2003; (p. 7a) 80 Great Poems from Chaucer to Now 2006; (p. 204-206)
Kenneth Slessor : Beach Burial Rodney Williams , 2006 single work column
— Appears in: Five Bells , Winter vol. 13 no. 3 2006; (p. 40-41)
Kenneth Slessor (1901-1971) : 'Beach Burial' Geoff Page , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Sixty Classic Australian Poems 2009; (p. 59-61)
`The Nothing... Neither Long Nor Short' : Attitudes to Death in the Work of Kenneth Slessor Dennis Haskell , 1992 single work criticism
— Appears in: Reconnoitres : Essays in Australian Literature in Honour of G. A. Wilkes 1992; (p. 115-127)
Australian Modernism : The Case of Kenneth Slessor Vivian Smith , 1992 single work criticism
— Appears in: Reconnoitres : Essays in Australian Literature in Honour of G. A. Wilkes 1992; (p. 128-141)
War Correspondents in Australian Literature : An Outline Clement Semmler , 1985 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , October vol. 12 no. 2 1985; (p. 194-206)
Tolling the Poet : Slessor's Unpoetic War Geoff Page , 1986 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Age Monthly Review , May 1986; (p. 8-9)
On the Personal Element in Kenneth Slessor's Poetry Adrian Mitchell , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 5 no. 2 1991; (p. 84-90)
Kenneth Slessor and the Powers of Language Chris Wallace-Crabbe , 1964 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Literature of Australia 1964; (p. 342-352) Toil and Spin : Two Directions in Modern Poetry 1979; (p. 71-82)
The Story Behind a Poem Kenneth Slessor , 1967 single work criticism
— Appears in: Daily Telegraph , 31 July 1967; (p. 14-15) Opinion , vol. 12 no. 3 1968; (p. 48-51) Bread and Wine : Selected Prose 1970; (p. 196-201)
Herbert C. Jaffa, 1920-2013 A Sheaf of Remembrances John Scheckter , Laurie Hergenhan , Nicholas Birns , 2014 single work biography
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 28 no. 2 2014; (p. 267-274)
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