Here's a short selection of Qs and As:
What is the worst thing anyone's said to you?
"I am not begging you – I am asking you as a friend."
Which living person do you most despise?
Such an emotion places one, however remotely, within another's power.
What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
Fear nothing – failing that, fake it!
The second strikes me as very true and good advice if you want an equable life. However, such a self-denying approach to vituperation, as well as being difficult to maintain, does remove a fair bit of fun from things.
* I would guess one of the more reliable ways to become a much published poet is to become a multi-millionaire publisher first. As for his public performances he offers unlimited free wine. Lack of self-knowledge isn't something you could accuse him of.