This article compares media coverage on the death of poet Pablo Neruda and painter Pablo Picasso in 1973. When Neruda died of cancer in Santiago, Chile on September 23, 1973, his death was almost ignored by the U.S. press. The few notices which did appear focused more on the Chilean poet's political affiliations than on his contributions to literature. The New York Times offered fourteen paragraphs to Neruda's politics, nine to his poetry and six to the circumstances of his death and biographical material. The United Press International devoted several paragraphs to the theme that Neruda's writings often were highly critical of U.S. policy. On the other hand, the death of Picasso on April 8, 1973 was given lavish coverage in the U.S. His death received more than eight times the coverage given to Neruda. One of the reasons for such short shrift in the U.S. press at the time of Neruda's death is because poetry, like music, simply is not as accessible as painting. Communists are sometimes viewed as not being creative persons in their own right. The New York Times claimed that only a few of the works of Neruda have become available in the U.S. Neruda probably would have smiled at the lack of coverage of his death in the U.S. press. He never cared much for publicity.