A Dodo Idiom



In this issue, James Bradley remembers the sexual predators that roamed Adelaide in his youth; Mandy Sayer tells a story of dogs, dealers, mobiles and mates; Peter Craven discusses the international range of Vietnamese-Australian writer Nam Le. There are Napoleonic histories from Antoni Jach, alternate histories from John Scott, and forgotten histories from Terri Janke. Indonesian writer Laksmi Pamuntjak portrays inter-tribal tensions on Buru Island, and Bernard Cohen wages war against the ungulates. Finding an opening in Picasso’s trousers, Robert Nelson explores the duties of the art critic. Desmond O’Grady is haunted by his doppelgänger namesake. In poetry, B.R. Dionysius channels the voices of lost birds in his ‘extinction sonnets,’ Dorothy Porter writes on Neanderthals and lost warrior tribes, and Robert Adamson returns with a new sequence on the Hawkesbury River. There are poems by Anna Kerdijk Nicholson, Stephen Edgar, Lindsay Tuggle, Sarah Holland-Batt, Robyn Rowland and Michelle Cahill. ‘Work in Progress’ focusses on John Scott‘s new novel N. The featured artists are Tom Alberts, with his series of bildungsroman paintings, and Juno Gemes, in a photographic essay on National Sorry Day.


  • James Bradley – The Element of Need
  • Peter Craven – On Nam Le
  • Robert Nelson – Picasso’s Trousers
  • Desmond O’Grady – Desmond and his Doppelgänger


  • Mandy Sayer – We Want Our Dealer Back
  • Antoni Jach – Napoleonic Fictions
  • Laksmi Pamuntjak – The Story of Mukaburung
  • Bernard Cohen – War Against the Ungulates
  • Terri Janke – Mutton Bird Beach
  • John Scott – Work in Progress: N


B.R. Dionysius, Dorothy Porter, Robert Adamson, Ronny Someck, Simon West, Anna Kerdijk Nicholson, Shevaun Cooley, Michelle Cahill, Lindsay Tuggle. Sarah Holland-Batt, Robyn Rowland, Craig Billingham, Elizabeth Allen


  • Tom Alberts – 12 1/2
  • Juno Gemes – Witnessing the Apology

A Dodo Idiom
HEAT 17 – new series
ISSN: 1326-1460

ISBN : 978 1 920882 47 1
pp : 224
Published : 2008
ISBN: HEAT_S2_17 Category: