December 17th, 2012
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The world lost an important teacher, poet and excellent, barbecue-loving soul this weekend in the form of Jake Adam York. He passed away at the age of 40 from the effects of a massive stroke, and we can't help but think about having heard him read his stunning work in person this past October at the Southern Foodways Alliance annual symposium in Oxford, Mississippi.

He performed the poems (embedded above) at the event. They're mostly about barbecue, and the time you spend listening to them will be a few of the most sublime moments you spend all day.

"We need poems, like we need barbecue, as occasions to invite grace into our lives," said York. Here's your chance to open the door.

Previously by Jake Adam York: Speaking in tongues: a barbecue communion

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  1. Linda S. York

    We cooked a lot of BBQ in our home-made and movable cinder block pit at our family's land - going back five generations, but Jake and Joe were the great pit-masters. Lots of pork, lots of beer, and plenty of quality bourbon. One thing I taught them, if you're going to drink bourbon, drink well. Thank you all for the comments and memories.. I think today might be dedicated to BBQ and bourbon in his honor. We are so honored to have been his parents and to watch his dedication to his art and his craft and to see his strong social conscience revealed in his work and through his world of friends. Thanks for loving him and his work... Jake's family...

    January 2, 2013 at 3:31 am |
  2. AndyL

    Wish I had discovered Jake sooner. May fat smoke and 7th chords go with him.

    December 19, 2012 at 12:55 am |
  3. Etta Cornbread

    40. I am so sorry. Wish he was still with his friends, having fun and smiling.

    December 17, 2012 at 9:36 am |
  4. M T Nest

    40? That's just too young to die. My condolences to his family & friends.

    December 17, 2012 at 5:49 am |
    • Kat Kinsman

      I've gotten to know his brother Joe, who is a similarly lovely soul. This is more loss to the world, in the midst of too much already.

      December 17, 2012 at 5:52 am |
      • M T Nest

        Good am Kat, There's just no words. I'm so sorry. Here's a hug for you.

        December 17, 2012 at 6:02 am |
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