The Maine Poets Society will meet at the Dyer Library, 371 Main St., Saturday, Feb. 20. The meeting will take place in the Deering wing and is open to the public. A $12 registration fee for both members and guests includes lunch. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m.

After a brief business meeting, member judge Herb Coursen will read from his work after giving a critique of MPS members’ Dramatic Monologues. Coursen is a versatile writer, Shakespeare scholar and one of the society’s most published poets. His latest book, “Blues in the Night,” will be released by Moon Pie Press in March.

After lunch, guest judge Tom Carper of Cornish will critique members’ sonnets. Carper’s third book of poetry, “Distant Blue,” received the 2003 Richard Wilbur Award. He also coauthored “Meter and Meaning: An Introduction to Rhythm in Poetry” with Derek Attridge. It is a very down-to-earth approach to the whole complicated subject.

At about 2:30 p.m., there will be a reading in the round, where all those attending are invited to share a poem or two of their own creation if they wish to do so.

For more information about the organization or to request a brochure, contact Marta Finch at

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