Dirt Eaters
By Teri Youmans Grimm (University Press of Florida, 60 pgs)

Those of us born in Florida – or, more accurately, those of us whose grandparents were born in Florida – are more than likely to have some snake-handling, shack-living, dirt-eating relations only a couple of branches away from us on the family tree. Grimm, a Jacksonville resident, is clearly of similar stock and the tales she weaves in this, her first poetry collection, evince that deeply odd strain of Southernism that's peculiar to Florida and Georgia. Strongly narrative and thick with equal parts dust, humidity and brimstone, Dirt Eaters is a wistful collection that manages to make a reader pine for his long-lost hardscrabble roots.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Orlando Weekly works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlando’s true free press free.


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Read the Digital Print Issue

April 14, 2021

View more issues


© 2021 Orlando Weekly

Website powered by Foundation