One of the most distinguished poets in Kansas, in my opinion, is Patricia Traxler. Among her books are Forbidden Words (U of Mo. Press, 1998) and The Glass Woman (Hanging Loose, 1983).
I comment on the eroticism in her work in "Women's Many Dance Steps: Gender Differences in Poetry" (Review Revue 3.1 http://www.reviewrevue.net/index.html).
She has a well crafted, moving commentary in Newsweek about her father at this url http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18986986/site/newsweek/