People and their Poems

People and their Poems is a podcast about the poems that make a difference in our world. In each episode, I'll talk with a person who has been influenced by poetry and become a poet or a supporter of this literary form. We'll learn about the poems or lyrics that became their mentors, or their muses, as they have explored the world of the poem. We'll also hear the poems of the poets who are our neighbors.

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In this episode, Sandy talks with Polly Brody of Southbury, CT, a prolific lifelong writer who has written memoirs and essays as well as poems. Polly talks about the experiences and texts that have influenced her writing as well as how her writing has influenced her life. She reads a poem by contemporary American poet Mark Doty as well a work of her own.

You can read samples of Polly's work on the Antrim House website, and learn more about her in this 2005 story in The Newtown Bee. For more about Polly's books, contact her at


In the inaugural episode, Connecticut poet Pat Mottola, who is president of the Connecticut Poetry Society, and Sandy talk about art history and poetry, the significance of red dresses, Pat's connection to veterans, and Pat's poetry. Listen as Pat reads “What Do Women Want?” by Kim Addonizio and her own poem, "I Shelve My Lovers Alphabetically," which you can read on this page on Pat's poems page when you scroll to the bottom.

You can order two of Pat's books - Under the Red Dress and After Hours - from Amazon, and learn more about Pat on her website.