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Letter suggests Kilmer’s ‘Trees’ was penned in NJ

NEWARK — The location of the trees that Joyce Kilmer wrote were more lovely than any poem has long been in dispute, with a handful of towns from Massachusetts to Indiana claiming to have inspired the verse.

But a New Jersey historian said he has irrefutable proof Kilmer was stirred by the woods of the Ramapo Valley when he penned the well-known words, ‘‘I think that I shall never see a poem as lovely as a tree.’’

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