Short story: Conscience by Italo Calvino, from Numbers in the Dark and Other Stories. Highly Recommended.
Poem: The Lovers of the Poor by Gwendolyn Brooks, listened to on the Poem of the Day podcast, from December 2016. Recommended.
Essay: Indus Seal, listened to on the BBC’s A History of the World in 100 Objects, from February 2010. Highly Recommended.