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From: Vol.10 N.01 – The Transformative Now

Natural Capital Accounting

by Steph Amir

Please specify phyla: Annelida | Chordata | Cnidaria | Echinodermata | Mollusca | other

Please stipulate units: sunshine | oxygen| nitrogen| glucose| figurative unit (e.g. dollars)

Please indicate perceived value of the following:

            A jarrah filled with saproxylic bugs – 
            A school of catfish darting through a swamp –
            Nine silverfish and two half-eaten rugs –
            The sound of a black rhino’s distant clomp –
            The taste of bull-ant larvae on the tongue –
            Grey swollen river, twenty meters wide –
            Four kilos of fresh naked mole rat dung  –
            Injured lion, cast out by his pride  –
            Euastacus crassus (Alpine Spiny Cray) –
            Rhodophyta: rippling, rich and red –
            The scent of fir trees on a winter’s day – 
            A pudgy corgi, often overfed –
            Acacia tree –
            Small manatee –
            The last remaining bumblebee –
Published: June 2023
Steph Amir

is an emerging poet with a background in policy and research. In 2021, she was a Writeability Fellow at Writers Victoria, a fellowship for disabled writers. Her poems have been published in Australia and internationally, including in Australian Poetry Journal, Burrow, Foam:e, StylusLit, TEXT and others. She can be found on Twitter and Instagram at @steph_kaymir, and recently started a blog at

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