NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- The famed Kilmer Oak, bare and rain-soaked under a steel gray sky, was gently cut down Wednesday amid praise of its inspirational qualities as a symbol of nature. Workmen sawed each twisted bough separately and lowered most to the ground with ropes. They paused for a half-hour ceremony eulogizing the old tree and the poet Joyce Kilmer, believed to have been inspired by it. The white oak died of old age.
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* "Trees" as it appeared in August 1913 edition of Poetry magazine: @
* "Trees and other poems" (1914, from Project Gutenberg): @
* Biography from poemhunter.com: @
* "Poet Joyce Kilmer: Rooted in Mahwah" (New Jersey Monthly, July 2013): @