When I used cummings’ quotation about laughter, I deliberately referred to him as “e e cummings.” Why refer to E. E. Cummings as “e e cummings”? It was the practice of his admirers, including F. Scott Fitzgerald, to write about cummings in the manner of cummings’ poetry. e e cummings used punctuation in novel ways and for presentation.
In her book Eats, Shoots and Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation (2003), Lynne Truss wrote about the importance of punctuation in English (UK and USA). Her book has been parodied and criticized; some authors wrote about a significant number of punctuation errors in her book.
Without stating a personal position on this conflict, it seems to me that it is clear that punctuation is critical in conveying the writer’s meaning.
And a last comment, in a quasi haiku:
man in a coma– / no longer worries / about punctuation
Note: it’s a quasi haiku because there is no seasonal reference or “cutting word.”