By Sonya Caruso

Illuminated Heart: Love Songs of a Zen Romantic


San Francisco writer Joe Pulichino and illustrator Julie Higgins were among the top finalists for the Ben Franklin Award for Best First Book (Fiction) from the Independent Book Publishing Association in Los Angeles May 29, 2008.


Their book, Illuminated Heart: Love Songs of a Zen Romantic, is a n extraordinary hardcover gift book presenting 47 pastels and 17 poems, written by the educator and writer, Dr. Joe Pulichino. Together the pastels and poems tell a story of romance filled with sensual abundance, sensitivity, and passion, from first blush to happily ever after. This high quality, hard cover book features extraordinary production values – rich four color printing on Silk Artpaper.


The writings included in the book are comprised of romantic poems Dr. Pulichino wrote over the past 30 years.

Dr. Pulichino said “…They had been stuffed away in various and unorganized folders, boxes, and drawers. These poems were rarely published, only sometimes read out loud, and most often written and given to a friend or lover just to say what they say. Some were fairly new, some very old. Some were written and then left alone, some later edited and reworked assiduously, … though written at many different times in my life, they could be sequenced as a story—a love story that traces the arc of a relationship from beginning to end.”



© Melt Magazine 2008