Short story: Ancient Engines by Michael Swanwick, from Clarkesworld Magazine, April 2017. Recommended.
Poem: I Came Upon the Torso of a Seal by Melanie Braverman, listened to on the Poem of the Day podcast. Recommended.
Essay: North American Otter Pipe, listened to on the BBC’s A History of the World in 100 Matches. Highly Recommended.