Short story: Bullet in the Brain by Tobias Wolff, from the New Yorker, February 2008. Recommended.
Poem: Do Words Outlast by Anon, listened to on the Poem of the Day podcast, from December 2017. Recommended.
Essay: Free Yourself from Your Filter Bubbles by Joan Blades and John Gable, listened to on the TEDTalks podcast from December 2017. <Highly Recommended.