Non-Fiction - Biography
40 Pages
Reviewed on 05/19/2017
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Author Biography

Barry Arthur Cotton enjoys telling stories that history overlooks and is the 7th great grandson of John Cotton, the Puritan Patriarch of New-England. Barry serves as a Trustee of the Partnership of the Two Historic Bostons that links Boston, England and Boston, Massachusetts and is President Emeritus of the Winthrop Society. He has authored numerous articles for the Winthrop Journal and the Mayflower Quarterly. Barry grew up in Longmont, Colorado and received a B.A. in philosophy from Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan and an M.A. in ESL/linguistics from the University of Hawaii. Barry has worked most of his life overseas in Japan and the Middle East and recently retired to Austin, Texas after having served as special advisor to an ambassador at the United Nations in New York City. He is currently writing a biography of his 7th great-grandfather, John Cotton, which was recently awarded first place for nonfiction in the WRITERS' LEAGUE OF TEXAS 2017 MANUSCRIPT CONTEST.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Gisela Dixon for Readers' Favorite

Green by Barry Arthur Cotton is a short collection of poetry about nature. Although its name implies a focus on greenery or conservation efforts, the collection contains poems that are based on Barry’s own perspectives and inspiration drawn from nature and places. The poems can be read in any order and are usually short, consisting only of a few lines. The beauty of nature in mountains, lakes, forests, canyons, and seasons is depicted here, alongside with certain places that inspired Barry, such as Colorado. The book ends with a collection of quotes and sayings from philosophers and mystics worldwide, including sayings from the Western philosophers, Taoists, Buddhists, as well as thoughts and spiritual philosophies from ancient Hinduism, Vedanta, Upanishads, Sufism, etc.

Green by Barry Arthur Cotton is an eclectic mix of poems. Although I enjoyed the famous sayings of philosophers under the Influences section of the book at the end, I wasn’t sure how that fitted into a poetry book. I did enjoy the illustrations of scenery and greenery in the book, but the poems themselves seemed to lack some level of depth. The writing is quite good, although it’s short and simple. That being said, poetry is a subjective art and the poems could certainly appeal to a different audience. Overall, although Green appeared a little disjointed by the presence of poems and proverbs together, I did enjoy the collection and the illustrations in totality.