Short story: The Hidden Girl by Ken Liu, from The Book of Swords, edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois. Highly Recommended.
Poem: The Pear by Jane Hirshfield, listened to on the Poem of the Day podcast, from November 2017. Recommended.
Essay: Japanese Bronze Mirror, listened to on the BBC’s A History of the World in 100 Objects, from June 2010. Highly Recommended.