Short story: The Smoke of Gold is Glory by Scott Lynch, from The Book of Swords, edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois.
Poem: A Sofa in the Forties by Anon, listened to on the Poem of the Day podcast, from March 2018. Highly Recommended.
Essay: The Mark of Civilisation by Kamila Shamsie, listened to on the BBC’s A Point of View podcast, from March 2018. Recommended.