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2018
January Pollyanna
February My Bondage and My Freedom (1855)
March Catholic Hymns (1860)
April Trees and Other Poems
May Una and the Lion
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July
August Oriental Scenery
September
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Trees and Other Poems is a collection of poems written by Joyce Kilmer and published in 1914. Of the various poems included in the volume, "Trees", which begins "I think that I shall never see / A poem lovely as a tree," is the poem for which Kilmer is best remembered.

The same year that this volume was published, Kilmer was abroad visiting England. Upon seeing the long lines of men waiting to enlist for WW I, he exclaimed, "My God, if I look at these boys much longer I'll have to hook on at the tail of this queue and join up with them!" Kilmer enlisted on 23 April 1917, shortly after America entered the war. He was killed on July 30, 1918—almost 100 years ago.

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WITHIN the Jersey City shed
The engine coughs and shakes its head.
The smoke, a plume of red and white,
Waves madly in the face of night.
And now the grave incurious stars
Gleam on the groaning hurrying cars.
Against the kind and awful reign
Of darkness, this our angry train,
A noisy little rebel, pouts
Its brief defiance, flames and shouts—
And passes on, and leaves no trace.

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"Descriptive account of the panoramic view, &c. of King George's Sound, and the adjacent country" pamphlet written in 1834 by Robert Dale, containing description and commentary on the Panoramic View of King George's Sound, Part of the Colony of Swan River, a panorama of King George's Sound painted by Robert Havell. Together with prints of the Panorama, it was sold to attendees of an exhibition given in the home of Thomas Pettigrew.

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From documents deposited in the Colonial Office, and which I have had an opportunity of inspecting, I find the boundaries of Western Australia to extend from "Cape Londonderry, in latitude 13° 44' S., to West Cape Howe, in lat. 35° 8' S., and from Hertog's Island, on the west coast, in longitude 112° 15' to 129° E, including all the islands adjacent in the Indian and Southern Oceans, within the latitudes and longitudes aforesaid."

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