Luciana Francis – ‘Canto Para Sereias’ and ‘Memoria’

Luciana Francis’ beautiful song Canto Para Sereias appears in Lines Underwater. The song is based on a poem she wrote in her native Portugese, and translated especially for us. Have a listen:

Lyrics

Under the waves they roam
Sea, galloping, horses
Rafts slide by unnoticed
Where mermaids pay their visits

And I know that they call
Out for you, and I know that they
Sing to enchant you

Their hair bares curls like waves
Starfish are ever so daring
Alluring sailors to the deep
Promising their invisible kingdom

And I know that they call
Out for you, and I know that they
Sing to enchant you.

Luciana also writes novels and short stories. Below, you can download one of her short stories, Memoria, which, like Phoebe Power’s poem Stella’s Body in our anthology, links a siren-theme with Marian devotion.

Memoria by Luciana Francis

Luciana Francis was born Luciana Saldanha in Sao Paulo, Brazil. She moved to London in 1998, where she still resides. She graduated in Anthropology & Media at Goldsmiths College and is currently writing a novella in her native Portuguese.