Gérald Leblanc

A spirited Acadian literary celebrity, Gérald Leblanc was born in Bouctouche in 1945 and died in Moncton in 2005. Poet, lyricist, playwright, novelist, publisher, and translator, he was mostly self-educated through personal study and travel. In addition to being one of the founders and the long-serving literary editor of the Acadian publishing house Éditions Perce-Neige (1980), he also wrote a number of the best-known songs of the Acadian rock group 1755 (“Le monde a bien change,” “Rue Dufferin,” and “Kouchibouguac”). Known for his colourful, warm, and unconventional style, he brought his interest in the folk culture of the Sixties to his work, incorporating the rhythms of The Doors, Bob Dylan, and the Beats into his verse. His first collection, Comme un otage du quotidien, was released in 1981, and his last, Techgnose, in 2004, just a year before his death. (Éditions Perce-Neige released Poèmes new-yorkais posthumously in 2006.) In different ways, each collection positions chiac as the archetypal language of Acadians. His one novel, Moncton Mantra (1997), is of special interest for capturing the spirit and energies of the young group of restless revolutionaries who defined Moncton’s Acadian Renaissance.

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The linked Author Page contains the poems "A Common Chord Echoes in Our Lives," "Complicity," "Acadielove," and "To Love You."