When love is over and gone, it's like shackles round your heart. Yes, you can still walk, but your progress has an awkwardness to it. Only time will remove the ties that bind. Can poetry help? Echoes of Love - Part One of this collection - says firmly 'yes'. The poet details the sense of loss, despair and recovery that comes after a love affair - even one so delicate and innocent as that in 'The Smouldering Love'. Part Two, Echoes of Life, uses a broader palette to address issues such as civilisation/village simplicity, religious observation/secularism, the Eden myth and the profound dissatisfaction engendered by consumerism. From Mauritius to mighty India, from Runnymede to a Malaysian island idyll, these moving Echoes describe universal emotions and concerns, and chart the progress of the soul.