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Some words come and go as trends and this list is a general list of words that I’ve noticed poets, or just writers in general, should probably avoid for awhile.  Or use very sparingly.  Feel free to contribute.

Silk
Webbing
Dancing (when used as a personification. “The light dances across the leaves.”)
Flesh
Shards
Curling/Spiraling/Coiling
Obvious art references, e.g. Sistine chapel
Most astronomy references (again, obvious ones. Everyone can find Orion.)
Rib cages
Hip bones
Wrists
Clavicles
Chiaroscuro
“Math term” of “-ing word.” Like “the geometry of yearning” or “the algebra of forgetting.”
Fever and/or fever dreams
Cocoon (especially as a verb)
Tendrils/Tresses/Locks
Caress
Anything that sexualizes food
Ghost when referring to anything that’s not a ghost

Edit: 9/5
Porcelain
Anything to do with Alice in Wonderland

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