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Report: Mahwah Officially Says Kilmer Poem Written In Township

Ceremony Friday likely kicked off year-long Joyce Kilmer celebration

Mahwah has officially declared 'Trees,' the most famous poem by poet Joyce Kilmer, was written on township soil, a NorthJersey.com report said.

Despite claims from about a half dozen cities and towns around the country that say the poem was written there, Mahwah made its claim official with a declaration Friday calling the township the poem's birthplace, the report said.

Officials told the publication they have dismissed the other claims.

"We’re staking our claim," Councilman John Spiech, said in the report. "We don’t care what anybody says."

The ceremony Friday recognizing the 100th anniversary of "Trees" will likely be the kick-off to a year-long Kilmer celebration.

Read the full NorthJersey.com report here.

MarVan February 02, 2013 at 07:48 PM
I am so happy about this, my grandmother used to read "Trees" and "The House With Nobody In It" with me when I was a kid. This is certainly something to celebrate. Good job, Mahwah.
DK February 04, 2013 at 03:58 PM
I had to memorize "The House With Nobody In It" in fourth grade. Years later I was rocking Nobody's Inn with my band. I miss that old joint.

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