Dear friends,

Hello from chilly Atlantic Canada! Winter is well on its way in my corner of the world, and I hope this finds you all well, cozy, and safe. Hot chocolate, anyone? :)


Haiku Collection Cover - I Need Your Help!

Okay, so what have I been up to – well, I'm currently working on compiling my haiku (both published and unpublished selections) into a collection and have created a couple of mock covers. I'd love to know which one of the following grabs you the most. These are still works in progress, but I would appreciate any comments or suggestions.

Send me an email at, or you can drop me a quick tweet if you prefer.

Indigo sky


Beach Stones cover


Other than that, I'm trying to get through this resistance I've been feeling towards my writing. Hopefully the colder, snowy weather that will soon be upon us will inspire some words.


Publications and Website Update

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The Wonder Code

I was very pleased to learn that the following haiku, which appeared in The Heron's Nest several years ago, made it into Scott Mason's new book, The Wonder Code: Discover the Way of Haiku.

the Big Dipper
my dog keeps searching
for the right spot


The following selection also currently appears in the Fall/Winter 2017 issue of Wild Plum Journal. This is my first publication to appear in this journal:

long winter
all my haiku
filled with crows

The issue can be viewed in its entirety here.


The following children's poem has been added over at my website. It's an older piece that was originally published in KidVisions Magazine in September of 2005.

fotolia koala

Magic Cure

I think I’ve caught a cold.
My throat is feeling raw,
But my friend is here to help
with a soothing paw.

Click here to read the rest of the poem.


A Twitter Haiku Pick

I posted the following haiku last fall and again very recently. Funniest thing is that it's one of my unpublished selections but it's gotten the most likes and RTs I've ever received on Twitter.

I'm not sure I ever actually submitted it anywhere -- if I did, I must have revised it because I can't find any information on it (I usually keep track by noting the first line).

spider silk
a withered leaf
spins in the wind

Someone commented that it was a good example for people who are learning about haiku, and given how many people have liked and retweeted it so far, I think it's safe to say that's true. :)


Master Corner - Chiyo-ni

A couple of months ago, I was finally able to get a reasonably priced (and in good condition) copy of Chiyo-ni: Woman Haiku Master, by Patricia Donegan and Yoshie Ishibashi (which is no longer in print).

For those of you not familiar with Chiyo-ni, she is widely regarded as one of the greatest female haiku poets.

The haiku below is from the book, although the photo was one I added (found it through – what can I say, I was feeling creative. :)

The note accompanying this haiku stated that it is one of Chiyo-ni's best-known Buddhist haiku, expressing the peace of detachment.

You can learn a little bit more about Chiyo-ni here.

dry pampass grass - Chiyo-ni

photo credit: Leung Cho Pan,


Well, that's it from me!

Best wishes to all for a wonderful holiday season and a new year filled with peace and happiness! I'd also like to take this time to thank each an every one of you for your continued support; it truly means the world to me.

Gisele LeBlanc

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