Davies' poetic voice is notable for its clarity and humour and its ability to achieve an engaging blend of popular culture and various strands of modern physics: cosmology, quantum mechanics, wave particles, chaos theory. A religious or mystical element in his work has also been commented upon-"decidedly Blakean", says Cameron Woodhead, and "resonances ... of Eckhart ... as well as Blake", according to Michael Brennan, though Brennan goes on to point out the physicality, even concupiscence, and worldliness which are everywhere apparent.
Indeed, love is a major and recurring theme and "Totem Poem" from his collection Totem, which Davies reads here, has been acclaimed as "a 40-page love poem that matches, for strength of vision, verbal mastery and emotive force, the love poetry of previous centuries" (Woodhead) as well as "one of the most impressive longer poems of the age" (Peter Porter). "Totem Poem" is an exuberant celebration of love in which the physical and the metaphysical, and indeed physics, are bound together, birds, monkeys, Hindu gods, the earth and sky, the lovers with their bodies and their desires.
As Michael Brennan concludes, "Davies' poetry offers a coherent evocation of the evolution of primal fears - of death, loss and loneliness, of the meaninglessness of matter and existence, of the recurrent needs that can save or destroy us - into something as simple and infinitely complex as each moment shared and given, each moment recounted and experienced in its quantum of possibilities."
Davies reads "Totem Poem" in a quietly incantatory manner, allowing the exuberance and vigour of the mood and imagery to speak for themselves.