This Frayed Universe is a chapbook of poems by Sarah Brashear. It describes our heavy and beautiful world and the crisis of the ordinary human coping with the everyday effects of life. Brashear’s rich language shows that not only is being a person a blessing, but at times, an unexpected disaster. Through her strong images, she is able to illustrate what many other authors have also shown—that within the unordinary is the ordinary, and that perhaps this insanity we diagnose in others is actually our sanity.
Sarah Brashear lives in Pennsylvania and has an MFA in Creative Writing from Chatham University. Her first full-length book of poetry, On Beacon Street, was published by Cawing Crow Press. She is currently a writing instructor at Lebanon Valley College. When she isn’t writing or teaching, she enjoys playing tennis and going to concerts.