Poetry in Motion

New York


Chu Chen Po
A yellow horizontal poster with a colorful mosaic at the top features a poem titled Hedgehog, by Chu Chen Po. To the bottom right of the poem is a blue illustration of a hedgehog.


He ambles along like a walking pin cushion,
Stops and curls up like a chestnut burr.
He's not worried because he's so little.
Nobody is going to slap him around.

"Hedgehog" by Chu Chen Po (ninth century), translated by Kenneth Rexroth, from 100 More Poems from the Chinese.
Copyright © 1970 by Kenneth Rexroth. Reprinted with the permission of New Directions Publishing Corporation.