Short story: The Adventure of the Cardboard Box by Arthur Conan Doyle, from the Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes. Recommended.
Poem: To Be Alive by Gregory Orr, listened to on the Poem of the Day podcast, from August 2017. Recommended.
Essay: My Encounter with Shingles by Adam Gopnik, listened to on the BBC’s A Point of View podcast, from July 2017. Recommended.