Short story: Torching the Dusties by Margaret Atwood, from Stone Mattress: Nine Wicked Tales. Highly Recommended.
Poem: April by Alicia Ostriker, listened to on the Poem of the Day podcast, from March 2017. Recommended.
Essay: The Rosetta Stone, listened to on the BBC’s A History of the World in 100 Objects, from May 2010. Highly Recommended.