Reviewer Gerald Nicosia should be congratulated for bringing a National Enquirer mentality to the pages of The Times ("A Life of Kenneth Rexroth" by Linda Hamalian, May 5).
With precious little space devoted to one of the giants of 20th-Century literature, Nicosia managed to turn the focus of his article away from the work--the driving force in Kenneth Rexroth's life--to simple-minded, cheap-shot material.
He accuses Rexroth of living off his wives, without chronicling the series of jobs he held down to make ends meet. (And what artist of real merit isn't plagued by the constant problem of shabby finances?)
He accuses Rexroth of "highly unfair reviews" when it appears that Nicosia has written a personal-vendetta article, stating that the biographer, Hamalian, has "a bit too much sympathy" (for Rexroth).