During this period he composed various satirical sketches and stories (sometimes simply by collating earlier articles), including Macchiette (1880), Occhi e nasi (1881), Storie allegre (1887).
In October 1821, Leigh Hunt wrote a piece on Coleridge as part of his "Sketches of the Living Poets" series which singled out Kubla Khan as one of Coleridge's best works: Every lover of books, scholar or not ... ought to be in possession of Mr. Coleridge's poems, if it is only for 'Christabel', 'Kubla Khan', and the 'Ancient Mariner'." Hunt praised the poem's evocative, dreamlike beauty: "[Kubla Khan] is a voice and a vision, an everlasting tune in our mouths, a dream fit for Cambuscan and all his poets, a dance of pictures such as Giotto or Cimabue, revived and re-inspired, would have made for a Storie of Old Tartarie, a piece of the invisible world made visible by a sun at midnight and sliding before our eyes ... Justly is it thought that to be able to present such images as these to the mind, is to realise the world they speak of. We could repeat such verses as the following down a green glade, a whole summer's morning."
Bukowski wrote thousands of poems, hundreds of short stories and six novels, eventually publishing over 60 books.
These poems and stories were later republished by John Martin's Black Sparrow Press (now HarperCollins/Ecco Press) as collected volumes of his work.
Bukowski turned his inner devastation into a series of poems and stories lamenting her death.
An avid supporter of small independent presses, Bukowski continued to submit poems and short stories to innumerable small publications throughout his career.
His various affairs and relationships provided material for his stories and poems.
In the 1980s and 1990s, cartoonist Robert Crumb illustrated a number of Bukowski's stories, including the collection The Captain Is Out to Lunch and the Sailors Have Taken Over the Ship and the story "Bring Me Your Love."
In 1981, the Italian director Marco Ferreri made a film, Storie di ordinaria follia (aka Tales of Ordinary Madness), loosely based on the short stories of Bukowski;
Bukowski's poem "Let It Enfold You", published in Betting on the Muse: Poems and Stories (1996), influenced the emotional 2004 Senses Fail song (and album) of the same name and was read by Timothée Chalamet in the 2018 film Beautiful Boy. The 2005 film Factotum, starring Matt Dillon as Henry Chinaski, was released to critical acclaim.
Other early settlers in Blowing Rock included the Hayes, Coffey, Bolick, Estes and Storie families.
When his father died in 1469, he completed the frescoes with Storie della Vergine (Histories of the Virgin) in the cathedral.
Works of the early period include: the Madonnas of Berlin, London and Washington, the Journeys of Tobia of the Galleria Sabauda, Turin, the Madonna of the Sea of Galleria dell'Accademia, Florence, and the Histories of Ester.
Here he painted Stories of Saint Peter, in the following frescoes: Quarrel with Simon Magus in face of Nero, Resurrection of the Son of Teophilus, Saint Peter Jailed, Liberation and Crucifixion of Saint Peter.
On April 21, 1487, Filippo Strozzi asked him to decorate the Strozzi family chapel in Santa Maria Novella with Stories of St. John Evangelist and St. Philip.
Their histories mingle with the distress caused by life in the city and with symbolic references.
Luciano Ligabue, friend and colleague of Guccini, entitled him a song, "Caro il mio Francesco" on his album Arrivederci, mostro!. On 28 September 2010 the collection Storia di altre storie was released, with songs selected by Guccini himself.
Fellow singer-songwriter Roberto Vecchioni said about Guccini: "he's not a singer of stories, he's a singer of thoughts and a singer of doubts", while Nobel Prize winner Dario Fo called him a "voice of truth".
Guccini recounts stories he heard from elderly people living on the Tuscan Apennines;