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How I turned secret police files on my family into poetry

In 1989, the five members of the Bugan family were allowed to leave Ceausescu's Romania with one suitcase each and death threats in their wake. In 2010, the poet Carmen Bugan took possession of 1,500 pages of Securitate files on her father and in 2013 a further 3,000 pages of secret files on her mother, sister, brother and herself. The result is her new book of poetry, Releasing the Porcelain Birds. She told Dan Damon her story.

(Photo: Carmen Bugan and her family on arrival in the US / Credit: Carmen Bugan)

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