The Mood Embosser, Louis Cabri's first book of poetry, presents a series of impressions of 1990s social history as it is manifested in the lingering traces of everyday life. In order to address a wide variety of social structures and their attendant moods, these poems deploy a clutch of poetic forms: columns, long poems, the page as a 'field' of interrelated micro-poems, and series all jostle for space between the covers. In The Mood Embosser, Louis Cabri writes toward chance's margin - the home of the things we don't know - with a pointed humour that pokes and prods among the detritus of culture.
Louis Cabri has worked in bicycle rentals and construction, has been a band member (The Hemidrones, Toronto), private tutor, bookstore clerk, festival organizer, secretary for care, editor for Oxfam, programmer for the Southern Africa Education Trust Fund, university student and teacher. With Rob Manery, he founded the 'experimental writing group' (Ottawa, 1986-1995), producing literary events that include the ongoing Transparency Machine reading series and hole chapbooks (formerly a magazine). Since 1997, Louis has curated PhillyTalks, a poets' dialogue/newsletter series. Currently he is writing Poetics of Political Economy, a dissertation, and commutes between Calgary and Philadelphia.