Short story: Petty Gremlins by Kurt Pankau, listened to on the 600 Second Saga podcast, from August 2017. Receommended.
Poem: The Best Way to Get Famous by Charles Bukowski, from Bukowski: Essential Poetry. Highly Recommended.
Essay: Being Bereaved by Annie Broadbent, listened to on the BBC’s Four Thought podcast, from July 2017.