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Issue Details: First known date: 2005... 2005 Last Thoughts of a Famous Dog
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  • Author's note: Laika, the first living creature sent into space, was launched in Sputnik II on the [sic] 3 November, 1957. She was not a dog specially bred for the space program, but a stray taken from the streets of Moscow. Her name means 'barker' in Russian. There was no intention to return Laika to earth. For many years it was assumed she died painlessly about a week after the launch but new information suggests Laika died from overheating and stress only four hours after take-off. Her 'coffin' circled th Earth 2,570 times and burned up in the Earth's atmosphere on 4 April 1958.

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    y separately published work icon Island no. 100 Autumn 2005 Z1190300 2005 periodical issue 2005 pg. 144
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    y separately published work icon 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. 1016-1017
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