Five of the best lines from Allen Ginsberg’s FBI file

The Bureau’s report on the famed beatnik is pure poetry

Written by JPat Brown
Edited by Beryl Lipton

In a fitting birthday tribute to the man the FBI deemed “bizarre, but not dangerous,” we rounded up the strangest lines from the Bureau’s security report - some of them poetry unto themselves.

1. Just FYI, FBI

2. Ginsberg had a novel way of defending others

3. Ginsberg had a novel way of defending himself

4. Ten bucks says this is the title track of the next Decemberists album

5. Yeah, we’re not giving any context for this one

Bonus: That time Ginsberg joined Burt Shavitz in the Accidental Spies Club

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