Poetry, The Only Uncontaminated

What kind of music do you like? asked Amalfitano. Classical music, Professor, Vivaldi, Cimarosa, Bach. And what books do you read? I used to read everything, Professor, I read all the time. Now all I read is poetry. Poetry is the one thing that isn’t contaminated, the one thing that isn’t part of the game. I don’t know if you follow me, Professor. Only poetry -and let me be clear, only some of it- is good for you, only poetry isn’t shit.

-from 2666, Robert Bolaño