In her debut poetry collection, Deborah-Anne Tunney delves into the life and work of one of the twentieth century's most influential film directors, Alfred Hitchcock. Just as Hitchcock's work looks unflinchingly at some of the darkest elements of human nature, A Different Wolf turns a lens on the director himself, revealing the interplay between the social mores of his time and Hitchcock's distinctive psychological makeup. A Different Wolf views the iconic director's cinematic masterpieces through the optics of the poet's personal quest for meaning. Tunney reveals how guilt and innocence, universal and timeless subjects, work to define character and motivate plot. Other poems illustrate Hitchcock's presentation of women as a sign of his fixations, but also as a product of his era. His desire to expose the qualities of time - how film can slow it down or speed it up, qualities he considered filmmaking's most important tool - points to the deep resonance of his work. Providing a sharp-eyed analysis of Hitchcock's life and art, A Different Wolf offers a unique take on the filmmaker's enduring relevance.
Deborah-Anne Tunney is a short story writer, novelist, and poet and is the author of The View from the Lane and Other Stories and the novel Winter Willow.
"In Tunney's brilliant and elegant A Different Wolf, light reflected off movie screens shows us ... ourselves. If you love Hitchcock's films, read this book. Even if you don't know why Hitchcock is revered, read this book! Tunney's clear vision, poetic pa
"A Different Wolf is a poetic record of a lifelong love affair with Alfred Hitchcock's movies. Tunney turns his images and sounds into sinuous lines luminous with her memories. The movies - those 'streams of light from a distant star' - come to life again and again in perceptive, intelligent, and richly figurative poems. In telling the Wolf's story, Little Red Riding Hood also tells her own." Sam Solecki, author of A Truffaut Notebook