Short story: Still Life with Apocalypse by Richard Kadrey, from Wastelands (2008), edited by John Joseph Adams. Highly Recommended.
Poem: Tuning by Keith Waldrop, listened to on Poem of the Day podcast, from December 2016. Recommended.
Essay: Standard of Ur, listened to on the BBC’s A History of the World in a Hundred Objects, from February 2010. Highly Recommended.