Short story: Ghost of the Shoals by Sandra M. Odell, listened to on the PodCastle podcast, from July 2017. Recommended.
Poem: The Life of Borodin by Charles Bukowski, from Bukowski: Essential Poetry. Highly Recommended.
Essay: A Focus on Fasting by Christopher Kissane, listened to on the BBC’s The Essay podcast, from July 2017. Highly Recommended.