The original premise of Poem of the Month ( I know, it's my baby ) was that there would be a Poem of the Month to represent DU across our social media platforms to showcase the quality of poets, as well as the diverse writing styles, e.g. - spiritual, love, dark, observational, and so forth. To promote the SAME poet repeatedly is not showing a diversity of membership. On the contrary - it's almost like demonstrating that no one else has a shot.
There are kick-ass poems written by two dozen members that deserve to represent DU in Poem of the Month. I am saying this as a two-time winner of this award. I feel one of my best was nominated this month and had a damn good shot at winning a third time. I know three that had planned to vote for one particular spoken piece of mine ( which is how I came to know poems were missing to begin with ). That being said, I feel there are other kick-ass poems in the nominations that deserve it as well. One in particular that I hope wins because it's a beautiful piece and the poet has never won.
THAT is much more important to me, and I believe the site, than winning a third time. The rule should've never been changed but it was. What's done is done. Best to move forward positively.
Just to offer a bit of optimism (from someone still new here), the poem of the month has been very useful for me in finding new writers (new to me) whatever the outcomes or difficulties it experiences.
I hope this gets sorted out.
That is another reason the comp was created, Brando. To give DU poets exposure to new writers, or those they may not be aware of.