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  • Paperback Edition
    • 978-1-5255-7583-9
    • 5.5 x 8.5 inches
    • Black & White interior
    • 54 pages
  • Hardcover Edition
    • 978-1-5255-7582-2
    • 5.5 x 8.5 inches
    • Black & White interior
    • 54 pages
  • Keywords
    • Nature poetry,
    • Relationship poetry,
    • Canadian poetry,
    • Australian poetry,
    • Wilderness poems,
    • Poetry by women,
    • 21st century poetry

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A Stroke of the Foot
by Judith McCudden

We only get one chance on this planet. Stepping out of our comfort zones, taking risks, and making a new life where one is a stranger, are sometimes the best choices we can make. A Stroke of the Foot is a poetry collection of great beauty, containing vastly different and unfamiliar landscapes. It examines relationships and the decision to leave one’s homeland to make a fresh start. White, middle-aged, English-speaking women are generally not recognized as going through archetypal immigrant issues: isolation, loneliness, financial hardship, and dealing with government red tape. Charting the wildernesses of Australia and Canada via four themes—Water, Navigation, Journey, Landscape—these poems reveal insights about the physical and psychological journey. As the author navigates a new place, she also has to examine her beliefs and values. This book evokes the feeling that love really does conquer all, that we need to trust our hearts, that silence and reflection are survival keys, and that we never stop learning.

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Judith McCudden has been writing poetry for over 25 years, with her work appearing in Australian anthologies and chapbooks. She was actively involved in the Australian Poetry Centre and has performed at literary festivals throughout Australia. Judith sold everything and moved to Canada. She describes this period as the greatest challenge of her life and the most fulfilling. She hopes her poetry will have a reflective effect on readers. As a legacy to her sons and grandchildren, she hopes they will understand through these poems why she made these decisions. Judith has a Master of Education in music and drama therapy for autistic students and was a performing arts teacher for 30 years. Currently, she is a librarian. She writes a weekly article for a West Interlake newspaper under the byline “Girl from OZ,” and she loves Winnipeg’s thriving arts community, which spreads to communities such as Gimli, Flin Flon, and Neepawa. Judith lives off-grid near West Interlake, Manitoba, with her husband, Brian, in a log cabin he built 25 years ago. A Stroke of the Foot is Judith McCudden’s first book.


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