In Marge Piercy's poem "The Secretary Chant," why is "once" spelled as "wonce"?

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Marge Piercy’s poem “The Secretary Chant” is a brief, incantatory lyric in which the secretary of the title chants the details of her life. She implies that she has literally become her job:

My hips are a desk,  
From my ears hang  
chains of paper clips.  
Rubber bands form my hair.  (1-4)

Any sense of individual personhood is in the process of being lost. The poem is, in a sense, a very ironic blazon. In Renaissance poetry in particular, the blazon was a kind of poem in which a woman’s body was described from top to bottom. Piercy’s poem is almost a parody of...

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