Short story: The Extinction Parade by Max Brooks, from Closure, Limited and Other Zombies Stories. Highly Recommended.
Poem: Down From Another Planet, They Have Settled to Mend by Josephine Miles, listened to on the Poem of the Day podcast, from February 2017.
Essay: States of Confusion by Will Self, listened to on the BBC’s A Point of View podcast, from February 2017. Recommended.