Ben Yanke Personal Life Born in Washington DC in 1914 Moved to Detroit at a young age Married three times Began publishing poems when he was 13 Studied and eventually taught at University of Detroit Poetry Career Poem Counterpoem, with Margaret Danner (1966). Cities Burning (1968). Love You (1970). More to Remember: Poems of Four Decades (1971). After the Killing (1973), Broadside Memories: Poets I Have Known (1975). A Litany of Friends: New and Selected Poems (1981). Ballad of Birmingham Written in 1963 Written in response to the bombing of a black church in Birmingham The poem focuses on one of these children killed in the bombing, and the child’s mother. Eventually, it was turned into a song by Tennessee State Ballad of Birmingham http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wW4SLv3jgM Works Cited Madget, Naomi Long. "Dudley Randall's Life and Career." Dudley Randall's Life and Career. University of Illinois, n.d. Web. 09 Dec. 2013. Randall, Dudley. “Ballad of Birmingham” Literature: An Introduction to Reading Writing. Ed. Edgar V. Roberts and Robert Zweig. Backpack ed. New York: Pearson Longman, 2012. 449-450. Print.