Short story: The God-Clown is Near by Jay Lake, read in Steampunk (2008), edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer. Recommended.
Poem: Taboo by Sara Norja, reading Strange Horizons, from September 2016. Highly Recommended.
Essay: Swimming Reindeer, listened to on the BBC’s A History of the World in 100 Objects, from January 2010. Highly Recommended.