When I read the poems, I had a favorite. A poem that just stood out to me. That poem was So Close..... It arrested my attention when it was first posted and then it hung there, in my memory, when I read the subsequent poems and reread them all before casting my ballot. I was so pleased to see Chester's Daughter named as a challenge winner for writing it. My other choices were arrived at after more deliberative thought. But choosing the winner by instinct and deliberation means I have some grasp of what good poetry is.
As for winning, I was relieved to discover that, yes, I am an above-average poet. I'd like to think I am, but in all honestly, I've been taught to not brag on myself or own my ability. And so I constantly fight an inner battle to accept that, yes, I'm good. Good enough. Lois McMaster Bujold has quotes for all occasions and this is no exception.
In the case of the character, she's astonishing (as only a fictional character can be) at her craft. I'm not that good, but I recognize that maybe I'm better than good enough. And the relief that I'm not lying to myself is overwhelming.Lois McMaster Bujold said:You couldn't be that good and not know it, somewhere in your secret heart, however much you'd been abused into affecting public humility.
And to everyone who made this work, a huge thank you. Those who did the behind the curtains work, those who did the front-work, those who entered the challenge, those who voted for the People's Choice—without you this would not have been. You crafted reality from a vision. Every piece came together into a whole that was amazing.