ee cummings didn't use punctuation or capitalization
but ee cummings did use punctuation. he may have broke up with the grammar/punctuation rules, but he did use it. i think he was one of those people that knew the rules, but decided to explore elsewhere. i would also argue, that some of his poetry isn't accessible to everyone. you and i, and others here, could read is stuff and understand because we have spent time reading poetry. we aren't shocked by crazy line breaks and punctuation in seemingly random places. but if you were to give my dad a sheet of paper with ee cummings buffalo bill's on it and ask him to read it and make sense of it, he would have trouble. because he is NOT a poetry reader.
i've been thinking on this since it was first posted and i'm still conflicted. i can see using the line break as a pause, as emphasis, as a literal break. so yes, that takes the place of the punctuation. i can see that, and when used i can most often get the gist of the poem/thought without all the images running together.
BUT, i'll stand by my earlier statement that sometimes a poem is just easier to read when real, actual punctuation is used. because we're all taught basic punctuation/grammar in school so we have a basic understanding. it levels the playing field for those inexperienced poetry readers. again, my opinion. i am not trying to dispense rules. i sometimes just wonder if we've made poetry this weird, esoteric thing when i think it should be able to be enjoyed by a vast majority of people.
*i just realized i published my first response under a different profile (DaisyGrace). sorry for any confusion!