Yes, it has been repealed. I was, and am, heartbroken to hear our community assert that they do not believe that their five-poet teams can come up with sixteen fine, competitive poems for the National Poetry Slam.
The no-repeat in consecutive years idea has been broached previously, but has never been put to a vote, primarily because we cannot find anyone willing to do the enormous workload of keeping records of what has and hasn't been performed at NPS... Nor can we figure out how to enforce such a rule consistently.
I'll volunteer to keep a record.I'm serious.
I think repeating poems keeps things boring.I remember following Nats as a volunteer and audience member
& I thought it made for a less than stellar Finals because I'd already heard the pieces before (though there were two I wanted to hear again, but only 2).But that's my shill.
I would edit such a rule to state that once a piece is performed on ANY FINALS stage (NPS,IWPS,WOW)
that it cannot be used or repeated on any FINALS stage
again, should the poet or teams be so lucky to make Finals multiple times.
This should be relatively easy to keep track of because there's DVD evidence.
This would mean the poems can be repeated in any prelim or semi situtation.
I am with you, Simone.If anything, I leave Nationals every year with fist fulls of poems that didn't get heard.I imagine that teams that do this will still operate this way as an integrity issue, just as they did before.
Also, I liked the repeal better as it was originally presented, which restricted it to 2 repeats allowed
rather than all four rotations. I think what is most disappointing to me is that in the undertow of discussion, that compromise was lost and we all just wanted out of the room.I feel like we're much more patient at WOW slam master meeting.
I doubt this will be the end of the issue...