Short story: Like a Flight of Ducks by Italo Calvino, from Numbers in the Dark and Other Stories.
Poem: The Village Street by Edgar Allan Poe, listened to throgh Librivox. Recommended.
Essay: The Jobs We’ll Lose to Machines, and the Ones we Won’t by Anthony Goldbloom, listened to on the TEDTalks podcast, from August 2016. Recommended.