Yellow Studio , Stephen Romer's fourth book of poems, is furnished with the poems of that middle of the life where amorous bewilderment, rueful satire and the bitter-sweet memory conduct their urgent dialogue. Exploring the mystifying link between sacred and erotic love, Romer identifies the source of art itself, a place of creation and refuge, the yellow studio of the title poem. It is the lighted room of childhood, a vulnerable private place the adult tries to recreate. Formal acts of remembrance are attempts to identify what lies ahead as much as to preserve the shadows. Here Romer, with incence and urbanity, takes stock of past and future.
Stephen Romer was born in Hertfordshire in 1957 and educated at Cambridge, Harvard and the British Institute in Paris. Since 1981 he has lived in France, where he is Maitre de Conferences in the English department of Tours university. He has been three times Visiting Professor in French at Colgate University, New York. Romer has published three previous collections of poetry with Oxford University Press and is the editor of the Faber anthology Twentieth-Century French Poems. He writes on French literature and modern poetry for the Guardian and the Times Literary Supplement.