A local historian believes he's found proof that writer Joyce Kilmer wrote his poem "Trees" in New Jersey.

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Several towns in New England and even the University of Notre Dame have laid claim to inspiring the verse, which begins, "I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree."

Alex Michelini of the Joyce Kilmer Society of Mahwah says a letter written in 1929 by Kilmer's widow shows the poem was written in 1913 at their former home in Mahwah.

He found the letter and a notebook containing the first two lines of the poem at Georgetown University's Lauinger Library in Washington.

Aline Kilmer wrote a graduate student that the poem was written at home by a window looking at the Ramapo Valley.


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