the degas room.10022013.8pm
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what i was reading at the degas room on 10/02:
dreams of terrible angels
two lovers in the snow. Two lovers framed by jade (color). Two lovers pierced by the sword of a mighty rhododendron (flower).
I arrived at the Degas Room earlier than 8 pm because I heard through a friend that there was another event taking place at the same time I was scheduled to read there. When I arrived I was told I had to pay to get in. I told them that I was there to read. They said they couldn't help me. There was an event taking place at the Degas Room and I wasn't allowed in without paying. So I stood in the entrance and decided I would read right there and let the people walking into the Degas Room watch me while I was reading. The man at the entrance told me I had to take off my hat. I was surprised because I've never heard of an art gallery that didn't allow hats. I told the man that if he'd ever been to an art gallery that didn't allow hats I'd like to know about it. I told him I just wanted to read--quietly, peacefully. I tried to block him out (be in the now) but I didn't get very far. My biographer (Maria) snapped this photograph of me before we were escorted out of the entrance of the Degas Room. I only read the beginning of "dreams of terrible angels". I can't be sure if anyone watched me read it.
Below is a photograph of me reading out loud at another art gallery that did allow hats even though I wasn't wearing one.